WBA Middleweight World Champion Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs (30-1, 27 KOs)and former world champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (32-0-1, 23 KOs)participated in a kickoff press conference on Wednesday at Planet Hollywood Times Square in New York City to formally announce their highly anticipated Dec. 5 showdown in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING live on SHOWTIMEfrom Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The undercard for the Brooklyn showdown will be announced soon.
Below is what the fighters and executives had to say today:
“This is a big opportunity for me. This is a big opportunity for Brooklyn. It could not have happened at a better time. I’ve been calling him out for two years, but it had to take that time to build and for our careers to blossom.
“The fans will be the winners at the end of the day. This matchup is going to be all action-packed. It’s a very interesting matchup.
“I’m thankful to Peter for accepting the challenge and for giving me the opportunity to have a career-changing fight.
“I feel like this fight has a lot of significance to it, not just in New York, but to the sport of boxing in general. A lot of people have been asking for this fight, and now that it’s here, you will see a tremendous amount of attention surrounding it.
“I think youth is everything in the sport of boxing. Although Quillin is older than I am, he has that experience and power that he will bring into the ring. Anything can happen in this sport.
“We adopted Peter as one of Brooklyn’s own, but come fight night you will all see a Brooklyn-born champion.
“It doesn’t matter what he comes to the table with, we will have a 10-week camp for this fight and we will be completely ready.
“I’ve been on a strict diet, I haven’t been eating chocolate. But after December 5th, I’m going to be the Cookie Monster, don’t miss it.”
“This fight means everything to me. It’s two guys for the battle of Brooklyn. We are both going to have great support in the building and this fight will really inspire people.
“In New York City you never get to see two guys at this level of boxing square off against one another. It means a lot and I’m very excited about this fight.
“I expect Danny to bring his great chin to this fight. I didn’t notice it before, but his chin looks very huge, so that’s what we’re looking at now.
“I feel like I’m the son of Brooklyn. Although I’m from Michigan, this city has taken me in like I’m one of their own. You see what Las Vegas did for Floyd Mayweather, that’s what Brooklyn did for me.
“This is a good guy vs. good guy fight and it’s good for the sport of boxing. I’m coming to throw bombs. It’s not about the bills. It’s about the character of the person I’m fighting. This is the type of fight that is going to bring the best out of Peter Quillin.
“I lead a very healthy lifestyle and train even when I’m not preparing for a fight. I keep myself as young as possible.
“You’re going to see Fourth of July in the month of December. We’re going to melt some snow.”
BRETT YORMARK, CEO of Barclays Center
“When I think of Barclays Center now, we truly are in the big event business.
“When I think about the remainder of 2015, there were two dates on my calendar and one of them is Battle for Brooklyn on Dec. 5. The two gentlemen up here are part of the Barclays Center. This is their home away from home. There is no place better for them to be getting it on.
“I want to make sure we put on a great show for the fans in Brooklyn. We’re excited to see all the fans on Dec. 5.”
LOU DIBELLA, President of DiBella Entertainment
“Barclays Center has become the home of boxing and one of the great places to watch boxing right now.
“I promise you, this will be the undercard of the year. It’s going to be the most interesting undercard of the year. Get your tickets now.
“SHOWTIME has developed both of these young men. These two champions both made their names as SHOWTIME fighters. This fight will properly end the year on SHOWTIME.
“I’ve known both of these young men since they were kids. They are terrific men and a true credit to the sport. These guys have always gotten along, they respect each other as fighters, but there is a true belief on both their parts that they are the best.
“Take all the friendship and throw it out the window. This is going to be nasty. This is going to be brutal. There will be boxing but these guys will throw bombs. They can’t help themselves, that’s what makes them so great.
“The winner of this could be a superstar.
“This fight is to show who the man in town is. The winner will own Brooklyn. If you’re the man in Brooklyn, you’re the man. This will be a fight of the year candidate, no doubt.
“I expect both men to go down. The fans will be on their feet the whole time. This is a can’t miss fight between two evenly matched champions and guys who want and need this victory.”
STEPHEN ESPINOZA, Executive Vice President & General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports
“We’re thrilled to be working with DBE and Barclays Center on this event. You’re going to hear a lot of genuine excitement because this is the right fight, at the right venue and at the right time.
“Brett [Yormark] has turned Barclays Center into the home of boxing on the East Coast.
“We take a great amount of pride in these two young men, because they are everything that is right with the sport.
“They’re very different young men with fascinating stories. They’ve both overcome incredible odds. Their roads led them to each other. It will be hard for us to choose who to root for because these are two great young men and great boxers.”