Jacobs defeats Quillin in 85-second destruction
WBA middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs (31-1, 28 KOs) stopped previously undefeated challenger Peter Quillin (32-1-1, 23 KOs) in the first round on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Jacobs, who has resumed his career after surviving a rare form of bone cancer, rocked former WBO champion Quillin with a series of hard shots before the referee stopped the fight after only 85 seconds.
In a bout between two top middleweights from the same neighbourhood in Brooklyn, Jacobs landed the first notable blow, a overhand right over the jab which hurt Quillin. The challenger backed to the ropes and Jacobs went after him and unloaded a barrage of punches.
Quillin tried to fire back but Jacobs caught him with two hard right hands to the head and he was sent stumbling across the ring.
Then referee Harvey Dock stepped in and stopped it before Jacobs could follow up the assault with Quillin staggering on shaky legs.
“I hope he’s okay,” said Jacobs, who retained his 'regular' WBA belt for the third time.
"I told him I love him. He's a brother of mine. Me and Peter Quillin go back to the Golden Gloves days. I have nothing but respect for him, his family, but I knew it would be my night."
Quillin said: "There's no one better to lose to than Danny Jacobs. This is what happens in the game of boxing. You go up there and sometimes you come up short like that."
Also on the card, WBA featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar (28-1, 21 KOs) defeated Puerto Rican challenger Jonathan Oquendo (26-5, 16 KOs) by a unanimous decision.
The Argentine southpaw was the busier throughout and took the fight to Oquendo from the start.
Cuellar continued to stalk his opponent and the referee awarded him a knockdown in the 4th, although it came off tangled legs.
The champion piled up the points as the fight progressed, landing punches with both hands, and while Oquendo took them well, he would not engage and spent most of the fight moving away from Cuellar, who won by scores of 116-111, 116-111 and 120-107.