Daniel Jacobs (37-3, 30 KOs) looked unimpressive in winning a narrow 12 round split decision over Gabriel Rosado (25-13-1, 14 KOs) in a fight that looked like a sparring session on Friday night on DAZN at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, in Hollywood, Florida.
Rosado fought incredibly well with the slow pace that Jacobs was fighting at, and the match looked close enough to go either way. Jacobs struggled with Rosado’s boxing ability, which was strange because the Philadelphia native isn’t known for his boxing.
Tonight, Rosado fought like he belonged among the elite at 168
The scores were as follows:
- 115-113 – Jacobs
- 115-113 – Jacobs
- 115-113 – Rosado
Jacobs fought like he was afraid of hit the entire fight, and was lucky to get the victory. He was throwing occasional shots and letting Rosado stay in there and be competitive in every round with his jab and left hooks.
Undercard live results for Daniel Jacobs vs. Gabriel Rosado card:
Daniyar Yeleussinov obliterates Julius Indongo
Unbeaten welterweight prospect Daniyar Yeleussinov (10-0, 6 KOs) smashed 37-year-old Julius Indongo (23-4, 12 KOs), knocking him out in the second round in a surprisingly easy victory.
The end came in the second round when the 2016 Olympic gold medalist Yeleussinov landed a scoring left hand to the side of former IBF/WBA light-welterweight champion Indongo’s head in the second round to put him down.
Indongo injured a leg during the knockdown, and he was also badly hurt. The referee stepped in and waved it off when he saw that Indongo had injured his right leg. The fight was stopped at 1:24 of round two.
In the first round, Yeleussinov knocked Indongo down with a short left to the head. Indongo threw a wild shot, and that enabled Yeleussinov to counter him with a left that put him down.
After the fight, ‘Kazakh Thunder’ Yeleussinov said he expects to get pushed up the rankings at 147, and he wants to face whoever his promoter Eddie Hearn lines up for him.
You can expect the Matchroom Boxing promoter Hearn to negotiate a fight for Yeleussinov with a top 15 contender.
Tonight, Yeleussinov was matched against a 140-pounder in 37-year-old Indongo, and he clearly needs to face better opposition.
There are some welterweights that would be a good test for Yeleussinov from this list:
- Jaron Ennis
- Kudratillo Abdukakhorov
- Egidijus Kavaliauskas
- David Avanesyan
- Josh Kelly
- Conor Benn
- Jessie Vargas
- Vergil Ortiz Jr
Given that Hearn wants to match Kelly against Benn, he likely will keep Yeleussinov far away from both of those guys.
Ennis and Vergil Ortiz Jr are likely too dangerous for Yeleussinov to fight. He’s an excellent fighter, but those guys powerful and advanced.
Nikita Ababiy defeats Brandon Maddox
Middleweight prospect Nikita Ababiy (10-0, 6 KOs) labored to an ugly six-round unanimous decision over the tougher than expected Brandon Maddox (7-4-1, 5 KO). The judges scored it 59-55, 59-55, and 59-55.
Ababiy looked amateurish as he plodded forward, throwing huge shots and failing to use his jab. It was fortunate for Ababiy that Maddox looked out of shape in terms of conditioning, as he might have given him a lot of trouble if he had a better gas tank.
The taller 6’0″ Maddox was able to land an occasional big right to the head of Abibiy, who was wide open for everything that was thrown at him.
Matchroom Boxing is going to figure out what they want to do with Ababiy because he looks so green right now, and it doesn’t appear that he’s got the ability to take his career to the next level.
Emmanuel Tagoe decisions Mason Menard
Lightweight contender Emmanuel Tagoe (32-1, 15 KOs) boxed his way to a less than impressive 10 round majority decision over Mason Menard (36-5, 25 KOs).
The judges scored it 95-95, 96-94, and 98-92. Tagoe did a lot of jabbing, moving, and showboating. Menard made the mistake of spending too much time on the outside, and that ruined his chances of winning.
Mahammadrasul Majidov stops Sahret Delgado
Heavyweight prospect Mahammadrasul Majidov (3-0, 3 KOs) scored a third-round knockout of Sahret Delgado (8-1, 7 KOs).
The 34-year-old former two-time Olympian bludgeoned Delgado with slow power shots until taking him out with a hard right hand in the third.
After the fight was stopped, Delgado needed a lot of time on his stool to recover from the knockout.
Former IBF/WBA 160-pound champion Daniel ‘Miracle Man’ Jacobs (36-3, 30 KOs) is looking to put on a show tonight against the always fought Gabe Rosado (25-12-1, 14 KOs) on DAZN in the headliner at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, in Hollywood, Florida, USA.
Jacobs, 33, takes a slight step up from his last fight against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr last December. Daniel’s reasons for hand-picking Rosado for his opponent started as being “personal” between them.
But lately, Jacobs has been saying that he didn’t have the best training, and he’d been out of the ring for a long time. Overall, Jacobs says he feels that Rosado was perfect for the kind of opponent he wanted after a year out of the ring.
Jacobs, DAZN, and Matchroom Boxing might have overestimated the lack of interest that fans would have in seeing Daniel take on Rosado.
The fact that fans have shown almost no interest in the Jacobs vs. Rosado fight shows that they made a mistake in making this the main event fight.
Common sense would tell you that the fans wouldn’t be interested in the Jacobs-Rosado fight, given that Rosado has three out of his last six fights and has a history of losing whenever he’s stepped up against better fighters.
It’s unclear how much pull Jacobs had in convincing DAZN and Matchroom to let him take this fight against Rosado. If this a case of Jacobs persuading them to let him take this easy fight, they’re going to need to be more firm in the future.
This is not good enough to attract attention, and you have to believe that DAZN should have put their foot down and told Jacobs that they’re not interested in seeing him fight another over-matched opponent on their network platform. For Jacobs to get another contract with DAZN, he’s likely going to need to start fighting better opposition soon.
For boxing fans that might have forgotten, Jacobs’ last opponent was Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, and that was a godawful fight.
Jacobs should be fighting these type of super middleweights on DAZN:
- David Benavidez
- Edgar Berlanga
- Callum Smith
- Caleb Plant
- Billy Joe Saunders
By Jacobs fighting Rosado, it’ll keep him in the running for an eventual rematch against Golovkin or Canelo. Those are two fights that Jacobs badly wants, but he’s got to keep winning to make sure that he gets a chance in the future.