Daniel Jacobs and Peter Quillin both made weight today for tomorrow night's Showtime Championship Boxing main event from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and the fight is on for the WBA "world" middleweight title and bragging rights for the city, where Jacobs was born and which has adopted the Grand Rapids, Michigan-born Quillin.
Jacobs (30-1, 27 KO) weighed in at 159½, with Quillin (32-0-1, 23 KO) at an even 159, both below the 160-pound limit. An intense, trash-talking stare down followed, with both fighters appealing to the crowd for support.
"This is my city! I run Brooklyn! You're gonna see that Saturday night, and that's exactly what I told him," Jacobs said. "Brooklyn adopted him but you cannot call yourself the Brooklyn champion if you weren't born and raised here."
"I got Brooklyn right now. This is where I live at," Quillin said after. "You see it's intense, but I'm having fun at my job." Quillin added that he feels he's got the psychological edge going into the fight: "I already feel like Danny's out of his character. This is not how he acts."
Jesus Cuellar (27-1, 21 KO) will defend the WBA "world" featherweight title against Jonathan Oquendo (26-4, 16 KO) in the Showtime co-feature. Both fighters weighed in at 125¼ pounds, below the 126-pound limit. Argentina's Cuellar has become a standout in the division over the last couple of years, while Puerto Rico's Oquendo is getting this shot due to an upset win over Jhonny Gonzalez in September.