Barclay's Center, Brooklyn, New York, Dec. 5
By Peter Lim
This Brooklyn turf war is truly a high quality match-up rife with intangibles that could unfold as an explosive take-no-prisoners shootout, a cerebral chess match or anything in between. Both fighters can box and both can crack, and while Jacobs has the better skills, he also appears to have the frailer chin.
Jacobs is first to strike, dropping Quillin early in the fight. But just as he seems to be gaining complete control, Quillin returns the favor and sends Jacobs to the canvass. From that point on, Jacobs reverts to a more risk-averse strategy by boxing conservatively and doing just enough to win the rounds. Unless Jacobs gets careless, which he has a tendency to do, he should cruise to a comfortable decision victory.
From my standpoint, I thought the stoppage was a tad premature since Quillin had created distance (albeit by staggering) away from Jacobs, but I won't second guess the ref who was a few feet away and did take a close look at the hurt fighter before he waved it off.