In the era of alphabet soup insantity, world titles often mean little. It’s not unsual for a belt holder to emerge who is arguably not even in his division’s top 10.
Peter Quillin and Daniel Jacob are both top 10 middleweights. And the fact that they are going to fight on December 5 is extremely exciting. This is going to be two, high-level fighters matched up in a fight that should be competitive and exciting. Beyond that, it’s a Battle for Brooklyn. So it’s a fight with international relevance but a neighborhood rivalry.
Both of these guys have provided fire works in the ring this year. In April, Quillin knocked down WBO champion Andy Lee twice and was dropped once in return, en route to a split-decision draw. In August, Jacobs traded Round 1 knockdowns with Sergio Mora. He dropped Mora again in Round 2 and the Latin Snake was forced to quit with an injured ankle.
So both of these guys have the ability to deliver power punches and neither man is immune to them. That means this should be a good one.
As a boxing fan, this is a fight I wouldn’t want to miss.
However, according to the WBA, this will be a world title fight. That’s a joke and needs to be recognized as such.
According to the WBA, Jacobs is the world champion at middleweight. I realize that sentence is probably confusing to fans who were under the impression that Gennady Golovkin was in fact the WBA world champion at 160 pounds.
But GGG is what the WBA calls a “super” champion. Jacobs became the “regular” champion when he stopped the lightly regarded Jarrod Fletcher by TKO in August 2014. How beating Fletcher qualifies anybody as a world champion is a mystery that can be answered only by the WBA’s brain trust.
Jacobs is a top-level fighter and his comeback from cancer is an inspirational story. He’s good for the sport and this fight with Kid Chocolate will be good for the sport.
It’s just not a world title fight. “Middleweight Champion of Brooklyn” would be a more accurate, and prestigious, title to assign to the winner of this bout.
The middleweight division is in great shape right now, and this fight does a lot to help clarify the situation even more. Ideally, the winners of Golovkin and David Lemieux will fight the winner of Miguel Cotto and Saul Alvarez early next year.
The winner of this fight would be positioned well to face the last man standing out of those four later next year. I’d also love to see Quillin in a rematch with Lee at some point, particularly if he wins against Jacobs in December.