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RING Ratings Update: Daniel Jacobs arrives

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07
Dec
Photo by Al Bello - Getty Images

Photo by Al Bello – Getty Images

Daniel Jacobs has arrived.

The middleweight contender has stopped all nine of his opponents since his return from a bout with cancer in October 2012. That includes his spectacular first-round knockout of then-unbeaten Peter Quillin on Saturday in Brooklyn, a victory that significantly boosts his stock as an elite middleweight.

The Miracle Man” can’t claim to have reached the level of Gennady Golovkin or RING Champion Canelo Alvarez – at least in terms of marketability – but now he’s in the conversation.

And, naturally, he also has climbed up the 160-pound RING ratings.



Jacobs went into the fight at No. 6 but has emerged at No. 2, behind only Alvarez and No. 1 Golovkin and ahead of No. 3 Andy Lee (No. 2 last week).

The RING Editorial Board considered leaving Lee at No. 2 (and placing Jacobs at No. 3) but decided that Lee doesn’t have a victory as significant as Jacobs’ KO of Quillin. Plus, Lee is coming off a draw with Quillin in his last fight.

Fortunately, that debate could be settled in the ring. If Lee gets past Billy Joe Saunders on Dec. 19, there seems to be a good chance Jacobs and Lee could meet next year.

Quillin (No. 3 last week) drops to No. 6.

In other divisions:

HEAVYWEIGHT

Kubrat Pulev (No. 4 last week) retained his position after stopping 39-year-old Maurice Harris in the first round Saturday in Germany.

FEATHERWEIGHT

Jesus Cuellar (No. 9 last week) stays put after easily outpointing Jonathan Oquendo (unrated last week) on the Jacobs-Quillin card.

JUNIOR FLYWEIGHT

Moises Fuentes (unrated last week) defeated Francisco Rodriguez (No. 10 last week) by a split decision Saturday in Mexico. Thus, Rodriguez is out and Fuentes enters at No. 10.

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