Nobody expected tonight’s shocking outcome at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
As Daniel Jacobs (31-1, 28 KOs) entered the ring against Peter Quillin (32-1-1, 23 KOs), many believed it would be a 50/50 fight.
Jacobs, 28, proved everyone wrong tonight as he stunningly knocked out Quillin, 32, in the first round of a scheduled 12-round fight to defend a version of the WBA Middleweight crown.
Both men had touching stories going into the fight–Jacobs had battled cancer, while Quillin battled a tough upbringing.
Only one of them, however, would have a touching story tonight has they battled for Brooklyn bragging rights.
After measuring his distance, Jacobs, a native of Brooklyn, landed a hook-right combination that immediately staggered Quillin in Round 1.
Quillin, a Chicago-born Brooklyn resident, was never the same as soon as he was at the receiving end of punishing blows from Jacobs. “I hope he’s okay,” Jacobs said.
“I was patient and when I came with an uppercut I knew I hurt him and that’s when I went for the kill.” Instead of clinching, Quillin tried to fight his way out of trouble, but instead was sent staggering again from another right hand that forced referee Harvey Dock to stop the fight.
Quillin, despite losing, was very humble, and said that he’d talk with his family and team before deciding what to do next.
“This is a time you sit with your family and figure out what you have to do. I have a lot of options, maybe a rematch is the best option,” said Quillin. Jacobs said he’d consider a rematch, but also has fellow titleholder Andy Lee on the horizon.
“I definitely would give him a rematch. I’m willing to fight him next if that’s what the fans want,” said Jacobs.