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Daniel Jacobs Edges Past Gabe Rosado on a Matchroom card in Florida

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    By David A. Avila

    Former world champion Daniel Jacobs needed the last round to win by split decision against upset-minded Gabe Rosado and keep his place in line on Friday for lucrative super middleweight matchups.

    But when the ring announcer erroneously announced the winner was from Philadelphia, confusion reigned for a moment until Jacobs was correctly called the winner.

    Brooklyn’s Jacobs (37-3, 30 KOs) jumped out ahead against Philly fighter Rosado (25-13-1, 14 KOs) and held on for the win in front of no fans at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. For a second, many thought Rosado had won.

    Both were careful during the first three rounds measuring each other’s distance and looking for openings to counter. There were very few.

    It was the kind of fight expected by those who know boxing: two veterans with immense experience against top-flight world champions. Mistakes were few.

    Jacobs, a former middleweight world champion, had fought Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin in close but losing efforts.

    Rosado had battled Golovkin too, six years ago in a bloody affair that ended in a loss. He had also lost to other champions like Peter Quillin and Jermell Charlo. But none were able to knock him out.

    Both were aware of each other’s reputation. Bitter words had been exchanged for years and now they finally got their chance to prove their mettle and they did.

    Though Jacobs was recognized as a knockout puncher, Rosado’s resilience was just as well known. Both neutralized each other for most of the fight with their feints and jabs to the body. Neither was willing to leave openings for each other.

    Jacobs scored big with a left uppercut at the end of the seventh round. While Rosado wowed viewers with a sizzling right cross in the 11th round.

    It was 1950s style, boxing with intelligence. Each found it difficult to land combinations, let alone find openings to score knockout blows. Instead, they had to be satisfied with scoring enough to convince three judges the actual winner.

    Neither was able to pull out ahead with any conviction.

    After 12 rounds one judge saw Rosado the winner 115-113 while two others saw Jacobs the winner 115-113 to give him the win by split decision.

    “It felt just a little weird. It felt like a sparring match,” said Jacobs about fighting without fans in the audience. “This wasn’t a valiant effort.”

    Rosado was certain he was the true winner.

    “I thought I won the fight. I surprised him,” said Rosado who trained with Freddie Roach for this fight. “I’m a veteran, I know how to fight.”

    Indeed, he does.

    Jacobs now stands poised to fight one of many super middleweight champions in need of a marquee name.

    “I live to see another day,” he said honestly.

    Other Bouts

    Kazakhstan’s Daniyar Yeleussinov (10-0, 6 KOs) proved he was not an easy touch and knocked out former world champion Julius Indongo (23-3, 12 KOs) to march forward in the welterweight division while grabbing the vacant IBF Inter-Continental title.

    In a fight featuring southpaw versus southpaw Yeleussinov caught Indongo with a roundhouse left the first time they exchanged and down went the former super lightweight world champion. Indongo beat the count and survived the round.

    Indongo wasn’t as lucky in the second round as Yeleussinov again connected with a left and down went the fighter from Namibia again. He would not get up at 1:24 of round two giving the knockout win for Yeleussinov.

    A battle between undefeated heavyweights saw Azerbaijan’s Mahammadrasul Majidov (3-0, 3 KOs) use roundhouse rights to stagger the heavier Sahret Delgado (8-1) to win by knockout in the third round. Majidov actually helped Delgado get to his stool after knocking him out on his feet at 47 seconds of the third round.

    Emmanuel Tagoe (32-1) defeated Mason Menard (36-5) by majority decision after a 10- round lightweight fight that saw a lot of clinching and leaning.

    Nikita “White Chocolate” Ababiy (10-0) out-fought Detroit’s Brandon Maddox (7-4-1) to win by unanimous decision after six rounds in a middleweight clash. Ababiy hurt Maddox with body shots but found Maddox more resilient than expected.

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  • #2
    Chris Mannix is God awful. So is Mora. UGH Mannix actually touted the possibility of a draw in the Ababiy-Maddox fight. We deserve better than what these guys give us.


    • #3
      No fans kills fighter motivation.

      No energy means no energy.


      • #4
        Yes KO I am seeing it more and more with the no fans deal. I hope fans realize how much they bring to a fight. That energy, that eye on what is going on in the ring. It is like now bc no one is allowed in the ring things are allowed to slip or people get away with more. By people talking promoters, match-makers, judges those people. I saw a lot of stuff that I do not want to see again this past weekend. This whole year. Who says just bc you put something in the ring it makes it enough? Look at what we are doing say thanks and be happy. Get lost man, that is not how it works and it will not work out that way for all those concerned. Oh I hope those who put fights on realize it too or they need to be reminded. You know how you remind those powers that be in boxing ? By doing nothing, not falling all over yourself to pretend fights like Jacobs - Rosado was some kind of fire fight as they said it would be when most knew six punches landed per fighter per round. There is a memorable fight for you. The pre fight quotes get lost after the fight. I better stop. No disrespect to the writer we just see it dif is all.


        • #5
          Jacobs-Rosado really should have been (could have been) a highly spirited neighborhood style battle with a packed house full of partisan fans from each fighter’s respective backyards. Instead what you saw was two guys in an empty quiet room with no reason to go beyond the motions of grabbing their paychecks.


          • #6
            KO I disagree they still had a reason to fight. Reason it was a fight get it ? Ever been in a fight when no one was around ? I have you still fight, how many times you hear fighters say they tune out the crowd dont effect me, I am too focused on bussiness and so on. Now what will no fans do to boxing if you are right on some level as far as no fans no reason to go all out? Are we watching rehearsals ? Practice runs ? Pre-agreed and pre-determined fights now ? Just questions is all. I have heard very little from the voices of fighters, promoters, and so on saying "OH the FANS how I wish they could be here, I feel there loss" Not too much. Lot of talk about money but the fan as anything other then a buck not too much. And Jacobs still would show up with the same act just like his fight before this one. But that is conjecture and speculative on my part not allowed in sports. (smile)