The fall of 2015 has been all about the middleweight division in boxing. In October, Gennady Golovkin stopped David Lemieux, to unify the WBA and IBF world titles. In November, Saul Alvarez captured the lineal middleweight crown from Miguel Cotto.
Danny Jacobs’ fight with Peter Quillin didn’t have quite the same attention on it as those other two match up. But just the same, it was a very important match up at 160 pounds. And with his stunning Round 1 TKO of Quillin, Jacobs now boasts the best single win in the entire division.
Jacobs rocked Quillin early in the fight and never let up. I’ve seen a few on social media criticizing referee Harvey Dock’s stoppage as premature, but I can’t agree. Quillin’s legs were completely shot and Dock was in the ring with him, looking into his eyes. Over 90 seconds remained in the round and Quillin has been drilled by some very heavy shots. The stoppage was entirely valid.
A win like this puts Danny Jacobs at the very top of the division, alongside Golovkin and Alvarez. Canelo and GGG should be the next fight that happens, but if Alvarez demures at making a true move to middleweight, Golovkin versus Jacobs will be nearly as alluring for the serious boxing heads.
And the fight can easily be sold to the more casual fans. A cancer survivor, Danny Jacobs is a very easy fighter to cheer for. As a native of Brooklyn, he’s got a built-in fanbase in one of boxing’s major cities. At the same time, Golovkin has turned himself into a major star in New York. Golovkin vs. Jacobs in either Madison Square Garden or the Barclays Center would be an electric atmosphere.
If Jacobs can’t get a fight with GGG, a bout with the winner of WBO champion Andy Lee and undefeated Billy Joe Saunders would be an ideal second choice. Lee and Saunders get together on December 19. Like I said, the fall of 2015 is all about the middleweight division.
At the same time, nobody should be writing off Quillin, despite the crushing defeat he suffered. Kid Chocolate got caught by a big punch from a talented opponent and couldn’t recover. But he’ll continue to be a force to reckon with a 160.