In an excellent matchup between fighters in the prime of their careers, middleweight world champion Daniel "The Miracle Man" Jacobs (30-1, 27 KOs) will take on undefeated former 160-pound world champion Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin (32-0-1, 23 KOs) this Saturday, Dec, 5 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT). So who will win the can't miss, sure to be intense 12-round argument no one expects to be a blowout?
The result of the 28 media who participated in a SHOWTIME Prediction Poll favored Quillin by a 3-to-1 margin. Quillin, a former WBO Middleweight World Champion, was the selection of 21 experts, Jacobs, a winner of 10 straight by knockout and the current WBA Middleweight World Champion, the pick on 7. Nineteen boxers, five of whom are world champions, gave their predictions and came up with a different conclusion than the writers. While some saw it as too close to call, those that did make predictions saw it for Jacobs, 8-5-2.
How the media and fighters see "JACOBS VS. QUILLIN"? Here are some of the predictions:
Tim Dahlberg, Associated Press, (Jacobs): "I like Jacobs in a tough fight, winning by a close decision. With Quillin's power he might go down at some point in the fight, but I like Jacobs' boxing IQ and skills to pull him to a close win.''
Kevin Iole, Yahoo Sports, (Quillin): "Peter Quillin by decision: This is one of those fights I literally just flipped a coin to pick. I like Jacobs' range and I think he has faced better competition from top to bottom, but Quillin is an accurate puncher with good power and I think he will win a dogfight.''
Bob Velin, USA Today, (Jacobs):"While Quillin is bigger and a bigger puncher, Jacobs will outbox him. I just feel with all that Jacobs has been through in his life, he wants this more than Quillin. That will be the difference. Jacobs wins unanimous decision.''
Pugmire, Los Angeles Times, (Quillin) "Peter Quillin has been working toward a victory like this for years. It's time to put up or shut up and this test against a cerebral Daniel Jacobs will let us know once and for all if Quillin is elite or is entitled. Quillin by unanimous decision.''
Jacobsen, New York Magazine, (Quillin): "Quillin will win. Jacobs has good name (minus two letters) but he is light in the resume. Quillin beat Andy Lee (note: split draw) and is gritty."
Morales, Los Angeles News Group, (Quillin): "I'm taking Peter Quillin to take Daniel Jacobs' title via decision. Simply, I think Quillin is a better fighter and that his superior skills will bring him his second world title in this division. My only concern is Quillin making weight. But if he hasn't struggled so much to do so, he'll win.''
Campbell, ESPN, (Quillin): "What makes this middleweight title fight so intriguing is both fighters still have questions to answer regarding whether they are truly elite. Both are athletic and powerful, and each has shown a certain level of vulnerability. Ultimately, I think Quillin has the stronger chin and that will be the difference. Quillin by KO.''
Calhoun, Orange County (Calif.) Register, (Jacobs): "They've been calling each other out for years and now they're finally going to meet in the ring. I expect this fight to be close. I can see both fighters getting tested and touching the canvas in this fight. In the end, I think Jacobs, with his overall boxing skills, will be able to do enough to edge Quillin for a unanimous decision victory. Should be a great fight.''
Fitzsimmons, CBSSports.com, (Quillin): "A hard fight not to like, between two fighters whose styles are appealing. There's admittedly little to separate between the two, so in a close one I'll go with the guy who's had more big-stage opportunities -- Quillin. He can hold his own in a technical match, and he's got enough dog in him to grind through a tough one, too. Quillin by close decision.''
McCarson, BleacherReport.com, (Quillin): "Kid Chocolate proved his ability as a boxer in his draw with Andy Lee, and there's never been any question about his power. The combination of those two things, alongside his experience, will lead him to victory in a close and entertaining bout. Quillin by decision.''
Lopez, La Opinion, (Jacobs): "I think Jacobs wins this one to extend his impressive 10-fight KO streak. He's proven to be really strong, but it will be a close one.''
Donovan, BoxingScene.com, (Quillin):"Quillin can crack, but his finishing skills leave a lot to be desired. That said, Jacobs has yet to prove he can overcome in-ring adversity. Conquering cancer is braver than any battle he'll ever experience in the ring ... but as far as this fight goes, depending on him to box that cleanly for 12 rounds without getting caught clean is asking a lot. The ultimate wild card is whether or not Quillin can effectively make weight. Providing that he doesn't struggle in that regard, my hunch is that he ends the fight at some point with one big punch to become a two-time middleweight titlist. Quillin wins by KO."
Fischer, RingTV.com/The Ring magazine, (Quillin), "I think Daniel Jacobs, the more polished boxer of the two middleweights, will outclass Peter Quillin over the first half of an intense boxing match. I believe Jacobs will use his sharper technique to catch Quillin between wide power volleys. He might drop Kid Chocolate early. But I think Quillin will gradually impose his greater size and strength on Jacobs. I think Quillin will catch and overwhelm Jacobs late in the fight to win by TKO".
Algieri, Former WBO Super Lightweight World Champion, (Quillin): "Tough fight to call. I believe whoever can assert their fight will ultimately take the victory. Danny needs to set a fast pace and box smart. Quillin will look to be explosive and bring the pressure. Too close to predict for me but will go with the more experienced man in Quillin to take it."
Arreola, Former Heavyweight Title Challenger, (Jacobs): "I think it's a very good fight. I'm taking Jacobs in a very close fight. I just think Jacobs has more to prove and has had to overcome so much. I can't wait to watch this fight!"
Breazeale, 2012 U.S. Olympian & Undefeated Heavyweight, (Jacobs) - "My prediction is Danny Jacobs wins by way of KO in the 6 round. He's a very humble, hard working man that deserves a great victory."
Charlo, IBF Junior Middleweight World Champion, (Draw): "I hope the fight ends in a draw. I think it's going to be a draw. Both guys are real strong and they both have good days and they both have bad days. But if someone wins, it will be whoever is in better shape."
Dirrell, Former WBC Super Middleweight World Champion (Draw): "I hope it's a draw, and I think it may be. Both fighters are my guys. Daniel and I went through similar health concerns that brought us closer, but Peter grew up in Grand Rapids. So I really just want to see a great fight and may the best man win. I know both guys respect each other and I hope that'll always be the case."
.J. Flores, Cruiserweight Contender & NBC Boxing Analyst (No Pick): "This is a rough one. I really like Danny Jacobs' boxing ability and his offensive tools and weapons. He has speed and power. The question is, if Danny is going to be able to stand there and take the hits from Pete when he lands. Whenever he does land, it will be interesting to see if Danny will come in with a game plan to neutralize Peter or if there is really going to be a battle of brooklyn head to head and fight thats the right fight for peter quillin not for danny jacobs. danny needs to take his opponent's attributes and pete's main thing he can do is punch, so the question is will Danny be able to take that away from Pete. It is a great opportunity for both and there can only be one king of the city."
Khan, Former Unified Super Lightweight World Champion, (Quillin): "I think Peter Quillin wins the fight. It's a really exciting matchup between two guys fighting in their own backyard in Brooklyn. There is very little to choose between both fighters but if I had to opt for one guy it would be Quillin. I really respect Danny Jacob's background and the way he has fought to become champion. He's shown that he has the resilience, skill and punching power to go in and beat the best middleweights around but I think that Quillin is going to look to outwork him and use his movement to win a close points decision. Jacobs has the advantage in reach and height so that could cause Quillin problems especially if he gets his jab going and boxes from the outside. Nevertheless, it's a really hard fight to call and there are arguments either way but there's no doubt it's going to be a great fight because neither guy will want to take a back step in their hometown."
Lara, WBA 154-Pound World Champion, (Quillin): "This is a great matchup between two young hungry fighters and I think it's going to be a very close fight. With that being said, I'm picking 'Kid Chocolate' to win. He's got Cuban blood running through his veins and has fought better competition. I'll also be watching very closely because the winner could be one of my future opponents."
Lee, WBO Middleweight World Champion (No Pick): "I think it's a close fight. Danny probably has the better boxing fundamentals and will look to outbox Peter. But Peter is certainly the bigger puncher and will look to land heavy punches while boxing with Danny. It's an exciting fight hard and a hard one to call.''
Sergio Mora, Former WBC Super Welterweight World Champion, (Quillin) - "Both Jacobs & Quillin are big punchers with flawed technique. In the battle of power punching, Quillin's size & better chin will hold up better, but If Jacobs decides to box & move I can see him outpointing Quillin. It'll be a close fight either way. I'm picking Quillin by late stoppage."
Victor Ortiz, Former WBC Welterweight World Champion, (No Pick): "May the best man win. It's a great fight. Blue corner and red corner. My prediction is that one of those corners is going to win."
Leo Santa Cruz, WBA Super World Featherweight Champion, (Quillin): "It's going to be a hard fight for both of them, but Peter Quillin is stronger and he's never been hurt, so I think he might take it. Quillin by seventh-round KO.''
Keith Thurman, WBA Welterweight World Champion, (Jacobs): "Knowing Jacobs and his amateur background I believe that he has the skills and the knowledge to pull away the victory, but Quillin is no slouch. He has tremendous strength and the ability to stop or hurt Danny at any moment. I'm truly looking forward to this fight. This is another great matchup for the fight fans this year."