WBA ‘world’ middleweight champion Danny Jacobs and former WBO titlist Peter Quillin are promising a memorable night when they meet at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on December 5.
Jacobs, born in Brooklyn, will defend his title against Quillin who moved to the district as a teenager in a fight that has been anticipated for some time.
Jacobs, who will be making the third defence of his title, believes “Kid Chocolate” has limitations that he can capitalise on.
“Just because Peter has flaws in one area, he can back that up with a one-punch knockout, so you always have to be prepared for that,” he said.
“Peter’s flaws are that he loads up his shots too much, is slow on his feet and isn’t headstrong. If I can execute the game plan I think it will be a phenomenal outcome.
“This is a big opportunity for me. This is a big opportunity for Brooklyn. It could not have happened at a better time. I’ve been calling him out for two years, but it had to take that time to build and for our careers to blossom.”
A stoppage loss to Dmitry Pirog in 2010 stunted Jacobs’ progression, but the 28-year-old insists he is a different fighter now. He now holds the ‘regular’ version of the WBA title (Gennady Golovkin defends the ‘super’ version against David Lemieux on October 17).
“I believe my time is now. I know there was hype around me as a prospect. People have their opinions about me, but I believe at this present time that I’ve matured as a man overall. I’m in my prime,” he noted.
“I feel like this fight has a lot of significance to it, not just in New York, but to the sport of boxing in general. A lot of people have been asking for this fight, and now that it’s here, you will see a tremendous amount of attention surrounding it.
“I think youth is everything in the sport of boxing. Although Quillin is older than I am, he has that experience and power that he will bring into the ring. Anything can happen in this sport.
“I am such a fan of this particular fight, this fight is going to be an amazing fight.”