Danny Jacobs and Peter Quillin insist they will dish up something special for BoxNation viewers even though they are close pals.

Jacobs, 28, risks his WBA middleweight crown in the Brooklyn derby which takes place in their home New York borough on Saturday night.

The pair live near each other and regularly hang out in the Big Apple, but there will be no love lost this weekend.

Jacobs who has battled cancer and is one of boxing’s feelgood stories says their closeness will have no effect on the 12 round Barclays Center clash.

He added: “I would say that at this point it doesn't really matter. All that matters is that we're going to give the fans something that they're looking forward to.

“Our relationship is what it is outside of the ring and it will continue to be that way win, lose or draw.

“I respect him and I respect his family and there's nothing but love at the end of the day, but what that means right now is nothing because we're fighting for our legacy.

“We're fighting for our pride and just for our career. So that doesn't really even matter at this point. Right now it's about going out there and doing the best that we can do.

“I have his number. We can contact each other at any given point. There's no hate. There's no love lost. It's nothing whatsoever. We're really cool individuals and it's all respect at the end of the day.”

Quillin, unbeaten in 33 fights is a slight favourite and says: “I've been very casual with him outside of the ring. Me and him always bump into each other in New York and there's always love. 

Peter Quillin

“So this is strictly part of the business that, you know, whether people love it or not you're just going to have to accept it.

“I've got his number. We're friends. I know a lot about him and he knows a lot about me.”

Jacobs has bounced back brilliantly since losing in five rounds against Russian Dmitry Pirog in a WBO title fight more than five years ago.

Besides overcoming his illness, he has won ten straight fights since that setback and was crowned a world champion in August 2014 when he blew away Aussie Jarrod Fletcher in five rounds.

In April, Danny stopped Caleb Truax and four months ago beat Sergio Mora in two rounds.

Daniel Jacobs

Jacobs and Mora were both floored in the opening round and the fight was over when the challenger damaged his right ankle when he got dropped again.

Jacobs says he will be able to take Quillin power, and bounce back if he’s on the floor during his third title defence.

He said: “I'm going to get back up and I'm going to pound my chest and I'm going to say the same thing that I said to Sergio Mora. Bring it on. And that's just exactly what it is.

“This is the sport of boxing and it was my fault that situation happened because I just knew I was going to knock out Sergio Mora.”