The Man Knows His Rights

By Marc Livitz on December 5, 2015
The Man Knows His Rights
Body language can be misread. But the eyes say it all. (Rich Schultz/Associated Press)

Quillin was hoping to wrest the WBA middleweight title from Jacobs in an exclusive borough affair at the Barclays Center…

Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin wasn’t exactly a landslide favorite in the eyes of sports books prior to his Saturday night bout versus fellow Brooklynite Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs. He was hoping to wrest the WBA middleweight title from Jacobs in an exclusive borough affair at the Barclays Center in yes, Brooklyn. To his credit, Quillin (32-1-1, 23 KOs) came to fight on Saturday evening and according to his post-fight interview, he was aware of the pugilistic philosophy that anything can and often does happen in the ring.

By contrast, cancer survivor Jacobs (31-1, 28 KOs) used an age-old tactic just moments into the contest’s opening round by way of a feinting left hook to set up a power shot with one’s power hand. The thunderous right delivered to Quillin’s circuitry board atop his shoulders caused the Brooklyn fighter to lose much of his ring wherewithal to continue in his accustomed fashion. Just as we are taught in boxing 101, “when you see some swayin’, then you get to layin’.”

Danny wasted no time at all for the early Christmas gift he’d received in the ring. Game and battle tested Quillin looked for neither chutes nor ladders to get out of the way of the walls which were quickly moving in for the squeeze. He just didn’t have the time or breathing room to regain his footing. Jacobs fired away and lastly, connected with another battering right hand which looked to have come close to hyperextending Quillin’s neck.

If the eyes are indeed the windows to one’s soul, then the eyes of Peter were such avenues, yet these went all the way to his toenails. Body language can be misread, faked or otherwise winged. The eyes say it all, however. No way around it. Referee Harvey Dock did the right thing when he called the fight to a close. Peter Quillin could have been seriously hurt had he been allowed to continue. As we saw, he did not protest the stoppage, most likely because he appeared as if he’d just been hit with a phone book. For greater New York City, that would be one large publication.

The sad fact is so much work went into the advertising of “The Battle for Brooklyn” for a bout that barely lasted ninety seconds. Peter Quillin lasted a few seconds longer than Michael Spinks did in 1988 at the hands of Mike Tyson in Atlantic City. Both guys will be back, hopefully soon.

Alas, this is why we watch and the risk we take in doing so, especially as a paying customer to see fights live and in person. Most likely, the fans in the upper decks of the Barclays Center saw a lot more action than the stiffs who didn’t show up until the main event. That’ll teach ‘em.

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