Quillin OK With Stoppage, At Peace With Jacobs KO Loss

by David P. Greisman

It can be hard enough for a fighter to lose. Peter Quillin’s first loss had to be a tough one. He didn’t even make it half a round against Daniel Jacobs and was wobbled badly enough that referee Harvey Dock halted the bout.

It would be understandable, then, for a fighter to respond with disappointment, frustration and pride. Quillin, however, was at peace with what happened — and didn’t protest the stoppage.

“This moment played out,” Quillin said at the post-fight press conference, reasoning that it must have been God’s plan for him. “You always told you gonna be undefeated, you gonna knock out, you gonna do this, and the next thing you know it don’t happen that way. I took it with an open and humble heart. This guy’s [Jacobs] got a cancer story. He’s fighting tremendously with a story that when you fighting with that kind of reason, the only way you can accept it if it go the way that it did is to have it with an open and humble heart.

“I can’t change God’s plan. This is the way God wanted,” he added later. “The only thing I can do is go back to the gym, reassess myself with my team and we work together and try our best in our next go-around. Outside of making me a better fighter, it made me a better man. You got to be willing to accept the things you don’t want to accept about yourself. You got a bad thing happen to you, you got to accept that. Right when it happened, I accepted it right away.”

Quillin said the fighter in him would say he could’ve kept on going, but he also knows that referees are there to help protect the fighters. That’s a reality that has hit boxers of late as they saw Prichard Colon — who like Quillin and Jacobs is with adviser Al Haymon — lose a fight in mid-October and be taken to a Virginia hospital for emergency surgery due to the head injury he suffered during the bout.

“Harvey [Dock, the referee] was definitely doing his job,” Quillin said. “As y’all can see if you follow me on social media, I was always sending prayers for Prichard Colon. I can never imagine being in that moment. It’s best that people like that who got those types of jobs do the best they can do so they can avoid situations happening like that.”

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

[QUOTE=-Kev-;16303519]It wasn't good punches scattered throughout the fight. JMM outlanded Bradely in power punches/telling blows in 9 out of 12 rounds. That does not sound scattered to me.[/QUOTE] Come on, Jmm is one of, if not, the greatest technician in…

Comment by Brickyardigan on 12-06-2015

[QUOTE=PivotandRoll;16303129]Agree 100% though I do think lost to Bradley...But yeah Bradley/Floyd...Only fights I ever scored against him...Think he's higher P4P all time than Floyd too[/QUOTE] Absolutely agree with you

Comment by -Kev- on 12-06-2015

[QUOTE=bigbeatbaby;16303364]it was a clear win to Bradley. JMM was just over the hill and slowed down enough to make it an obvious win for Tim. Its boxing,and good boxing over 12 rds beats a few good shots scattered throughout the…

Comment by bigbeatbaby on 12-06-2015

it was a clear win to Bradley. JMM was just over the hill and slowed down enough to make it an obvious win for Tim. Its boxing,and good boxing over 12 rds beats a few good shots scattered throughout the…

Comment by -Kev- on 12-06-2015

If you think that, cool. But I prefer JMM's power punches over Bradley's jabs. How can you outland your opponent in power punches in 9 rounds of 12 but clearly lose? I understand if you put a lot of weight…

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