BoxNation broadcasts another middleweight mega fight on Saturday when Daniel Jacobs defends his WBA crown against Peter Quillin.

For the winner of the fight at New York’s Barclays Center, a stack of major paydays are ahead. For the loser, he will have to get back in line.

We look at six points surrounding the match up, which is one of the last big fights of 2015 and a pick ‘em clash.

Local rivalry

There is a lot more than the WBA crown on the line. Sometimes, local bragging rights are just as important. Both men hail from Brooklyn and stacks of pride is on the line.

Although the pair have only sparred once they know each other well and socialise - a topic that has become a fine sub-plot.

Jacobs the feel-good story

In May 2011 Jacobs was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, an aggressive bone cancer that damaged his spine and should have ended his fight career.

He was given the all clear after 25 radiation treatments, and a nine-hour operation to remove the tumour from his spine.

Jacobs had to learn to walk again and ignored doctors orders to forget boxing and even sparred when walking with a bad limp. He’s now making his third world title defence.


Will the winner chase Gennady Golovkin?

If Saturday’s winner wants a unification,  then the winner of the December 19 WBO middleweight showdown between Andy Lee and Billy Joe Saunders is a more likely target than GGG.

Quillin drew against Lee and a return down the line is an obvious fight.

Although Golovkin is the Super WBA champion, Jacobs and Quillin are both advised by Al Haymon. His direction of both fighters makes the Kazakh KO king an unlikely rival in the next 12 months.

Who has boxed at a higher level?

Although Jacobs has lost just once in 31 fights, his challenger is unbeaten in 33 contests with the only blemish April’s thrilling draw against Andy Lee.

He can certainly claim to have boxed in the better company with Lee, Winky Wright albeit past the sell-by date and Hassan N’dam N’Jikam on his cv. The best boxer Jacobs faced, Dmitry Pirog beat him in five rounds.

The heavier puncher

Both boxers can whack with 50 KOs in their 61 wins. Quillin has won 23 of his 33 fights inside the distance and Jacobs 27 of his 31 fights via the quick route. It can be argued that Quillin is the better puncher, and can cause damage with his right hand particularly.

Peter Quillin

Who wins?

The bookies have Quillin a slight favourite, and it is tempting to go with him. Jacobs has come on for the Pirog defeat. Jacobs has mixed in the better company and has proved he can tough it out.

Jacobs was dropped by Sergio Mora last time. Quillin may even force a late stoppage against his better boxing opponent.

It is a cracker fans watching on BoxNation will be treated to something special.