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DiBella: Jacobs Faster, Slicker; Quillin’s ‘A Monster’

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – Lou DiBella understands why the odds are so close for the Daniel Jacobs-Peter Quillin fight.

DiBella, the official promoter of the card headlined by their middleweight title fight, is very familiar with both boxers and can envision scenarios in which Jacobs (30-1, 27 KOs) and Quillin (32-0-1, 23 KOs) will win it. The 32-year-old Quillin is listed as a minus-155 favorite by several Internet sports books over the 28-year-old Jacobs, who’ll defend his WBA “regular” middleweight championship.

“The winner of this fight is almost an immediate superstar, particularly since I can’t envision a scenario where this isn’t an exciting fight,” DiBella said during a news conference Thursday in Manhattan. “As a fan, I’m excited about this fight. It’s one I’ve been waiting for for a long time. People have asked me, ‘Well, who do you like [to win]?’ I like both of them. That’s the truth.

“Frankly, both of them can win. They bring some different things to the table. Danny, I think is maybe a little bit faster, a little bit slicker, might be technically a little bit stronger. Peter’s a monster – a huge middleweight, a hard puncher who can also box. He knocks people out with regularity. This is a scary fight for both guys, but I think they’re both supremely confident.”

Showtime will broadcast Jacobs-Quillin as the main event of a doubleheader set to start at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. In the opener, WBA featherweight champ Jesus Cuellar (27-1, 21 KOs), a powerful southpaw from Argentina, will defend his 126-pound championship against Puerto Rico’s Jonathan Oquendo (26-4, 16 KOs) in a 12-rounder.

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by baddog on 12-06-2015

Notice how Idec says DiBella, " THE OFFICIAL PROMOTER", we all know who the PROMOTER is ??????????????

Comment by steeve steel on 12-05-2015

Please boxing gods, let Jacobs win! Cannot stand Quilin's arrogance...

Comment by SilverMiles on 12-05-2015

I'm pulling for Quillin against Jacobs but his name and monster shouldn't even appear in the same sentence together. And I'm not sure how hard Quillin hits seeing he hasn't scored a knockout over any ranked fighters. I mean he…

Comment by Eastcoast on 12-05-2015

DiBella's the perfect promoter for this fight. He knows all about keeping MW's away from Golovkin.

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