Gabriel Rosado came incredibly close to career-best win tonight in Florida, and was more heartbroken than usual with a split decision loss to Daniel Jacobs in the DAZN main event.
After a very close, difficult to score and downright boring fight, ringside announcer Jeremiah Gallegos appeared to announce split decision scores for Rosado at first, noting that the winner was “from Philadelphia,” before quickly correcting himself and announce the Brooklyn Jacobs. as the winner of the split decision:
The scores were 115-113 in all areas, two at Jacobs and one at Rosado. BLH also had the 115-113 fight for Jacobs in a chess match fight (if you’re nice) that really could have gone either way.
You can’t say that neither of the fighters saved their months of trash talk, but Jacobs (37-3, 30 KOs) certainly didn’t, as his promise to beat Rosado (25-13-1 , 14 KOs) never nearly happened. , while many people can get away from this thinking that Rosado’s claim that Jacobs is overrated is, in fact, true.
It was a provisional fight where neither man landed in double digits in a round, except for Rosado landing exactly 10 punches in the eighth.
Overall, CompuBox has seen Jacobs, 33, land 78 out of 339 (23%) total shots, including 56 out of 169 (33%) of his powerful shots. Rosado, 34, was credited with 78 out of 549 (14%) and 55 out of 242 (23%) shots of his powerful shots. Rosado threw many more jabs than Jacobs, 307 to 170, but landed just one more, 23 to 22 for Jacobs.
“I didn’t think I had the best performance. I could have done a little better, ”Jacobs said after the fight. ” It’s my fault. We had a great camp and obviously I didn’t do everything I should have. I was looking for the right hand, but I guess I got the right hand happy. I should have stuck to the game plan. He’s an opponent of the game. I didn’t think it was that close from afar.
At some point during the fight, Jacobs’ coach asked him in the corner, “Did you bet on this fight?” Jacobs did not receive the question at first, so it was repeated. “No,” Jacobs replied, and his coach said he wanted to understand if he was trying to carry Rosado into the fight to get him into the later rounds. But in his post-fight interview, Jacobs – whose deal with DAZN ended with this performance – tried to show the best face to move forward into “bigger and better” fights.
“A fight like this is just for a stepping stone. I always feel like there’s more to me that hasn’t been seen, ”Jacobs.
Rosado, as you might expect, was much more moving.
“Yo, I felt I won the fight. I surprised him. I took it out of its box, I overcame it, I countered it, I made it miss big shots, ”Rosado told Chris Mannix. “Even when they announced the decision, he was disappointed. He looked defeated on his face. This man didn’t do anything to me! He put more hands on Canelo and Golovkin than on me!
Rosado continued, “This man went through a battle with GGG, he went through a battle with Canelo, and I made it easy! I thought I made it easy! »Rosado said. “I was jabbing up and down, hit him with big straight hands, slipped and moved when it was time, and it was time to trade he really didn’t want to, he was the one doing the body to body.
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Daniyar Yeleussinov TKO-2 Julius Indongo
A good victory for Yeleussinov, the 2016 Olympic welterweight gold medalist from Kazakhstan. Sometimes Yeleussinov (10-0, 6 KOs) has looked really impressive in his professional fights, other times it seems like the higher levels might be too much for him, like, when he one day walks in with the real top fighters.
But he knocked out Indongo (23-3, 12 KOs) in this one, scoring knockdowns in the first and second rounds, and finishing him quickly, like Terence Crawford and Regis Prograis did at 140 before the Namibian, now 37-year-old never moved up. Indongo won the 140-pound IBF belt in 2016 by stopping Eduard Troyanovsky in 40 seconds, and proved it was no fluke by uniting with the WBA belt in 2017, beating Ricky Burns over 12 laps on the road in Scotland. They were legitimately good victories. But he’s been 1-3 since then, and the losses have all been explosions. Against very good, even great fighters, mind you, but it’s clear he’s done as much as he’s going to do globally.
Indongo got up both times, but he was done, by his own admission. It is what it is. He couldn’t handle Yeleussinov’s timing and power, and saw no good reason to continue. It also means that there isn’t a big reason for another promoter to put him in another fight at this level again, but it is possible.
Good victory for Yeleussinov, who at 29 should be as ready as he will be, basically. There are still levels, but with PBC controlling a lot of not only the very top level at 147 but also the majority of the second level guys in the division, it’s really hard to make good welterweight strides for these. guys.
Nikita Ababiy UD-6 Brandon Maddox
Probably not the performance you’d want to see from Ababiy (10-0, 6 KOs) in his 10th pro fight, in all fairness. He always fought very brutally, very sloppy, did not take advantage of Maddox’s gas hard enough after two rounds. BLH scored this 58-56 for Ababiy, while all three judges had it 59-55 for the middleweight prospect.
Maddox (7-4-1, 5 KOs) clearly won the first round here, and there was an argument for him in the fifth and sixth rounds as well. It was not far from a truly disappointing result for 22 year old “White Chocolate” who admitted to having “learned a lot” from this fight, which is really never a bad thing for a young fighter. . early in their careers, at least as long as they are actually learning and adjusting to what went wrong or almost went wrong. He said after the fight he would focus more on his boxing in training, which is probably a good idea, as we’ve seen him in his last two fights having issues going to a Plan B when plan A does not collapse. the opponent quickly.
Mahammadrasul Majidov TKO-3 Sahret Delgado
Majidov, 34, is no joke, a three-time gold medalist at the World Amateur Championships (2011, 2013 and 2017) and Olympic bronze medalist in 2012. The Azerbaijani fighter would like to accelerate his career, and Eddie Hearn wants do it for him, but it’s going to be a little hard to find opponents, probably.
Here it was way too much for Delgado (8-1, 7 KOs), a 26-year-old Puerto Rican who turned pro at 198 pounds six years ago and weighed 291 for that fight. And it had a pretty scary ending, with Majidov cracking Delgado with a right hand that put the Puerto Rican on his feet.
First off, you have to give referee Samuel Burgos real credit for jumping in there because nothing good would happen after that shot. But Delgado was seriously shaken in the corner, to the point that Majidov was holding him fully upright until more people came in and got a stool for him to sit on. We send our best to Delgado.
Emmanuel Tagoe MD-10 Mason Ménard
Ménard gave his usual really good effort here, and he gave Tagoe a lot more trouble than Tagoe probably hoped he would have, in all fairness, at least depending on your style preference. The judges had their thoughts, and I thought it could all be reasonably explained – one even had it at 95-95, one had it 96-94 Tagoe, the other 98-92 Tagoe. I had 97-93 for Tagoe.
Tagoe (32-1, 15 KOs) threw fewer punches, but landed more and as such was more precise, and when he could keep the fight at a certain distance he was able to handle Ménard (36 -5, 25 KO) in relative comfort. But Ménard, 32, has rubbed shoulders with good fighters over the years, he knows how to get by in the ring, and he’s been able to get in on the 33-year-old Ghanaian at times and make things more difficult. .
Tagoe wants a fight with Ryan Garcia (or Luke Campbell, you might assume) or Devin Haney. He’s a solid contender, behind or just outside the top 10, but really doesn’t seem like a big threat to top talent by weight. Again, you never know completely before you fight. He’s at least a real lightweight and not old and / or coming out of Achilles surgery, so he would be a step forward for Haney.