Former IBF Middleweight world champion Daniel Jacobs scored a narrow twelve round split decision over longtime contender Gabe Rosado on Friday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL. In a surprisingly tactical battle fought in the Super-Middleweight division, many of the rounds saw neither fighter really stand out clearly from the other. It appeared to the eyes of this observer however, that Rosado, a fighter known for his willingness to engage in wars, got the better of the action by implementing a tactical Boxing strategy rather than the brawling style that has endeared him to many Boxing fans. Despite the view of yours truly as well as Rosado appearing to initiate most of the exchanges between the two fighters, two judges felt that Jacobs had done enough to win the fight at the conclusion of the twelve round bout. Official scores were 115-113 (Rosado), and 115-113 (On two scorecards) in favor of Daniel Jacobs giving him the split decision victory. Daniel Jacobs advances to 37-3, with 30 Knockouts. Gabe Rosado falls to 25-13-1, with 14 Knockouts.
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Undefeated Welterweight contender Daniyar Yeleussinov scored a second round knockout of former unified Jr. Welterweight world champion Julius Indongo. Yeleussinov dropped the former world champion in the first round with a counter hook to the head. A short left hook dropped Indongo for the second time in round two. Indongo was able to beat the count, but signaled to Referee Chris Young that he did not want to continue. Official time of the stoppage was 1:24 of round two. Daniyar Yeleussinov advances to 10-0, with 6 Knockouts. Julius Indongo falls to 23-3, with 12 Knockouts.
In a clash between unbeaten Heavyweights, Mahammadrasul Majidov scored a third round stoppage over previously undefeated Sahret Delgado. A pattern developed of Majidov pushing Delgado against the ropes early in the fight. Majidov staggered Delgado while he was against the ropes in late in the first round. Delgado was relatively non-offensive-minded throughout beyond attempting to counter Majidov with hooks off the ropes. It was another solid right hook to the head that badly staggered Delgado early in round three forcing a stoppage of the fight. Official time of the stoppage was :43 of round three. Mahammadrasul Majidov advances to 3-0, with 3 Knockouts. Sahret Delgado falls to 8-1, with 7 Knockouts.
Unbeaten Super-Middleweight Nikita Ababiy outworked Brandon Maddox
Over six rounds to earn a unanimous decision victory. Ababiy landed the harder shots throughout the fight, but had to contend with the awkward style Maddox was able to implement and was able to catch the unbeaten Middleweight, who was fighting in the 168lb. Super-Middleweight division for the first time, with counter punches throughout. All three official judges scored the fight 59-55 in Ababiy’s favor. Nikita Ababiy advances to 10-0, with 6 Knockouts. Brandon Maddox falls to 7-4-1, with 5 Knockouts.
In the opening bout of the evening, former IBO Lightweight world champion Emmanuel Tagoe scored a hard-fought ten round majority decision over an always “Game” Mason Menard. Menard was aggressive throughout frequently getting Tagoe on the ropes. There were several periods throughout the bout where there was frequent grappling on the inside between the two fighters, but Tagoe’s ability to get his punches off first, hold Menard on the inside where he could not be effective ultimately proved to be the difference as two of three official judges scored the fight in his favor at the end of the the entertaining ten round bout. Official scores were: 95-95,(Even) and, 98-92, 96-94 in favor of Tagoe. Emmanuel Tagoe advances to 32-1, with 15 Knockouts. Mason Menard falls to 36-5, with 25 Knockouts.
While this was not the type of fight that some may have expected given the bad blood between Daniel Jacobs and Gabe Rosado, quite frankly, it was a fight that illustrated that looks can be deceiving and Rosado’s strategy was one that was unexpected and executed well. As is usually the case when it comes to close fights, it will as I have said frequently over the years, come down to what a judge prefers in their own criteria based on clean punching, effective aggressiveness, ring generalship, and defense. This was one fight where both fighters demonstrated all of that criteria and it certainly should leave the door open for a rematch based on how closely fought this bout was.
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