NEW YORK – Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs and Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin spoke to the media for the final time Thursday at a press conference in Manhattan before they enter the ring Saturday, Dec. 5, live on SHOWTIME® at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The middleweight title showdown headlines a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast that begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with WBA Featherweight World Champion Jesus Cuellar battling Puerto Rico’s Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo. In action on SHO EXTREME (7 p.m. ET/PT), former world champion Chris Algieri faces Ecuador’s Erick Bone and Staten Island’s “Sir” Marcus Browne enters the ring against Francisco Sierra.
Further undercard action features popular Brooklyn contender Heather “The Heat” Hardy, former world champion Yuri Foreman and light heavyweight contender Will Rosinsky in separate bouts.
Tickets for the live event start at $50, not including applicable fees, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, www.barclayscenter.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. The event is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and sponsored by Corona. The Algieri vs. Bone and Rosinksy vs. Smith Jr. fights are promoted in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.
Here is what the press conference participants had to say Thursday:
“A lot of people have said this won’t go 12 rounds. But you never know how a fight will go. Sometimes a war is expected and a boxing match breaks out. You never know how a fight will go. We’re prepared for the best Peter Quillin, whether he’s coming forward, backwards or side-to-side we do what we have to do to get the victory.
“I’m in a comfort zone at Barclays Center with my friends, family and fans cheering me on. But I also like that he has his people cheering too. That’s extra motivation. Technically there are people in my backyard rooting for me to lose.
“Peter Quillin said he didn’t want to fight me, years ago. Because of our personal relationship he said he didn’t want to fight me. I respected his opinion but I didn’t agree. This was back when he was a champion.
“I feel like I have the skill to be the best out there. When I get this victory I want to keep fighting bigger and better opposition.
“I just need to keep fighting at the elite level for 12-rounds in matchups like this. I’m a fan of the sport and I want to be in there with all the top guys. That’s why I called out Peter Quillin.
“I’m expecting the best Peter Quillin. When you expect the best and it doesn’t turn out that way, I can rely on that preparation.
“We’ve both gone through intense training in order to make weight and be the best that we can be on fight night.
On his son Nathaniel’s birthday today “My son is one of the biggest boxing fans in the world. He understands the situation at hand. He says he doesn’t want me to come home, he just wants me to focus on the fight and celebrate after. For him to donate his birthday to me is the most incredible thing ever.”
“Everybody wants to be a part of something that’s bigger than themselves. Everyone on this dais gives me a reason to fight even hard.
“Daniel Jacobs. I want to thank you. You’re the champ and you called out the undefeated challengers. I come from nothing, so I’m thankful to have this light and this opportunity.
“My dad came here without shoes or a shirt, just a pair of pants. Now his son is fighting for a world title on this stage.
“Everyone on this stage fights with their own story. I just want everyone to give respect. We all fight for different reasons and we just want to have people support us for positive reasons.
“I’m glad I’ve made the decisions that I’ve made in life that have taught me to be a better man and a better person. Regardless of what the media says about me, I’m thankful for it, because it motivates me.
“I fight for the people that need strength. For everyone who comes here fighting for opportunities.
“This camp was different because of the heat. I was training like I was in Cuba. I’m in a great position to be successful right now.
“I see a determined man in Daniel Jacobs. He’s battled with something I could never tell you about, so I give him that respect. I know what he’s coming to do Saturday night and I have to do it to him first.
“My team is outstanding. We’ve been putting things together. We have a factory, which is the gym and all the workers assemble the product. I’m the product. Come Saturday night we’re going to put the product to use.
“I’m fit. I’m ready to go. The training has been A-1, steak sauce. The steak is nothing with out the A-1. I’m blessed and motivated. I’m so fired to get in there.
“Danny and I very cordial, but when I step into that ring I want to bring harm to him and he wants to do the same to me. So I don’t know if you can consider us friends if we want to do that to each other.
“I can talk about my game plan but I just want to fight. I’m smart. I can only win one round and one minute at a time. I’m learning everything about Danny right in that moment. Every second counts.”
“This will be a great victory for Argentina. I know Oquendo is a great fighter, but I will be victorious on Saturday night.
“I want to make a statement on Saturday. Everyone in the division should watch out for me, because I am coming for the top spot. I’m too motivated, too strong and too talented to be stopped.
“I fight for my country, for my team and for my family. This is a great stage for me to showcase my talent against a talented fighter. I know he will be prepared but I will not be denied.
“We both have very aggressive styles so this will be an action-packed fight. There will be a lot of punches thrown and eventually, I will knock him out.”
“I’m thankful to everyone for this opportunity, especially Jesus Cuellar for putting his belt on the line.
“I know how important this fight is for me. I know Cuellar has a very aggressive style and this fight is going to be a war. There will be blood in the ring.
“I’m ready for a war. I know he is a tough, strong fighter, but we’ve been in there before with guys like him. We’re ready for a 12 round war.
“We’re confident because we’ve put in the work to get us here. Cuellar and I have the same style, the type of style that makes for a tough, exciting fight.
“This is my chance for a world title and I’m going to leave everything in the ring.”
“Barclays Center has become a second home for me. I’ve had some great performances there and I’m looking to have another sensational one on Saturday night.
“Make sure you get tickets to this. It’s an honor to be on a card like this with so many great fights and matchups. Being able to perform in Brooklyn with these other great fighters is truly special.
“Don’t miss my fight, because it’s going to be a sensational victory.”
“Boxing is about big surprises. Everybody knows in this sport, that everyone has one opportunity. This is my opportunity on Saturday night.
“I’m healthy, ready and excited to be fighting on Saturday. I’ve been in Brooklyn training for a long time now and it’s just a matter of waiting until it is my time to make my mark.”
“I’m so thankful to have this opportunity to showcase my talent. I’m here to do what I have to do to get this victory. I’m ready to show out.
“This is a great card. I know both of these guys personally so I don’t really care who wins. May the best man win. The love is still the same, it’s tugging at me.
“Make sure you come out early because these fighters are putting it all on the line and it’s going to be a great night.”
“I’d like to thank Lou DiBella and Barclays Center for being so supportive of female boxing. It’s not very common so it really means a lot to have this spot to showcase my talent.
“I’m competing in a rematch with Noemis Bosques after we did eight rounds of toe-to-toe action back in May. It was really a war and I expect it to be a great battle.
“She wants to come back and get beat again, so make sure you get there early on Saturday to catch all of it.”
“It’s very exciting to compete amongst great fighters. Coming back is a great feeling for me, especially to be coming back as a Rabbi. For my observant friends, the fight starts early so for those who live a little distance from Barclays Center, you should start walking early and then take a train. I will be fighting after sundown, so it will all be kosher.
“I want to wish everyone good luck and much blessings. We’re all going to showcase our talent and skills. It’s going to be an exciting night of fighting.”
“This is going to be a really good fight. Joe and I go back a long ways with sparring and we know each other very well.
“We’re not going to be feeling each other out. I’m expecting fireworks from the beginning and for all 10-rounds. Start to finish.
“He’s claiming to have one punch knockout power and I’m going to prove him wrong. I’m going to show him early that he’s in way over his head. It’s going to be a good win for me Saturday and I’m looking forward to it.”
LOU DIBELLA, President of DiBella Entertainment
“This Saturday night we have a tremendous show at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. It’s “The Battle For Brooklyn” and a battle between two of the great middleweights in the world. The championship is on the line and bragging rights are at stake.
“It’s going to be an entire night of unbelievable boxing from the time that the doors open. I want to urge people to get tickets and get there for the whole night of fights.
“The undercard is really, truly unbelievable. Competitive fights and recognizable names are going to be in the ring all night. It’s the kind of undercard that boxing fans have been asking for, for a long time. We’re delivering great fights from the moment you walk in.
“People have asked me who I like in Jacobs vs. Quillin and I say I like both of them, because that’s the truth. Frankly, both can win and they bring some different things to the table. Daniel is a little bit faster but Peter is a hard-punching middleweight who knocks guys out. It’s a scary fight for both guys but I think they’re both supremely confident.
“This is one of those fights if you’re a fan, you really have to see. Make sure you see it live. Get your tickets for an unbelievable night of boxing.
“This is the kind of fight that boxing needs. A champion versus a former champion, who never lost his title in the ring. Just as a fan, I’m really excited to watch this fight.”
BRETT YORMARK, CEO of Barclays Center
“Saturday night will be one of the biggest boxing events we’ve ever had at Barclays Center. It’s a huge week in Brooklyn and big night for boxing on Saturday.
“I consider both good friends who I would help whenever they needed. It’s going to be a special night for me, Barclays Center and most importantly, for Brooklyn.
“When you think about venues in this country, Barclays Center is at the top of the list when you’re talking about boxing and we’ve only been doing it for three years.
“Beyond the main event, there are some great stories to be told on Saturday night. When you think of Heather Hardy, Chris Algieri, Will Rosinsky, Yuri Foreman and of course Marcus Browne, who is fighting at Barclays Center for the tenth time and has certainly made it his home.”
STEPHEN ESPINOZA, Executive Vice President & General Manager, SHOWTIME SPORTS
“This will be SHOWTIME’s seventh event at Barclays Center, which is roughly half of the boxing at Barclays Center, and that is no accident. On top of being a first class venue, all of you know by now that Brett Yormark has made himself a fixture in boxing. I can’t think of a better venue for an event like this.
“It’s an interesting week for New York sports. It’s rivalry week with last night being Islanders versus Rangers at Barclays Center, Friday night is the Nets against the Knicks and Sunday is Jets versus Giants. Right in the middle of it, is the ‘Battle For Brooklyn.’ It’s another local rivalry and I think it’s going to be the most exciting matchup of any of these events.
“You all know Daniel Jacobs, the champion and Peter Quillin, the former champion. In his last seven fights, Quillin has recorded 15 knockdowns. When you have those kind of numbers, and I don’t do this often, but I guarantee we’re going to have exciting fight after exciting fight.”