Not the performance "The Miracle Man" wanted, but he leaves Florida with a victory in tow, nonetheless.
All the bad blood between Daniel Jacobs and Gabriel Rosado didn't translate into any fireworks whatsoever.
Yet, "The Miracle Man" edged Rosado by a split decision Friday night at the Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida and live on DAZN. Judges scored it 115-113, 115-113 and 113-115 to give Jacobs the narrow victory in what was a low-action, uneventful middleweight affair in which neither fighter showed real urgency. What was expected to perhaps turn into a firefight played out more like a slow, overly patient chess match, which Jacobs ultimately won, but not in an impressive manner at all.
"I still feel like there's more to me that hasn't been yet seen, but this wasn't a valiant effort from myself," Jacobs told DAZN's Chris Mannix following the victory, as he apologized to his fans for his showing. "It felt kind of dry (without fans in attendance). It just felt a little weird. It felt like a boxing, sparring match inside the gym. I didn't give my best effort, but my effort was enough to get the victory."
Banking early rounds behind some pointed bodywork from Jacobs helped propel him toward the victory, although the middle to late rounds were much too close for Jacobs' liking, as he let Rosado hang around and win rounds as the more active fighter. At the end of the bout, ring announcer Jeremiah Gallegos accidentally announced the winner "from Philadelphia," before quickly correcting it to "Brooklyn" and Jacobs. That added to Rosado's dejection, as he felt like he did enough to win the fight.
"Yo! I felt I won the fight," Rosado told Mannix. "I surprised him. I outboxed him, I out-jabbed him, I countered him, I made him miss big shots."
More than anything, Jacobs lacked urgency, as he never really picked up his level of aggression enough to land a fight-changing punch in an uninspired effort. Jacobs and Rosado each landed 78 punches, with the combined 156 blows being the second fewest for landed punches in a 12-round fight in 2020, according to CompuBox .
Here's how the entire Jacobs vs. Rosado main card went.
Jacobs vs. Rosado fight card
Daniel Jacobs def. Gabriel Rosado by split decision (115-113, 115-113, 113-115); Super Middleweight
Daniyar Yeleussinov def. Julius Indongo via second-round TKO; Welterweight
Judges score it 115-113 for Rosado, 115-113 for Jacobs and 115-113 for Jacobs via split decision. Ring announcer Jeremiah Gallegos accidentally said winner "from Philadelphia," before quickly changing it to Brooklyn and making sure to enforce that the winner is indeed Jacobs.
One big punch could very well spell the difference in what has been a rather pedestrian, low-action fight. Both trying to open up the offense during this 12th and final round. Rosado giving chase to Jacobs, who lands an overhand right. And another. He adds a left hook. Just over a minute left. After switching trainers from his longtime trainer, Andre Rozier, one has to wonder if that's what Jacobs is missing. That chemistry. Thirty seconds left. Jacobs seems content to simply ride this out. Not enough punches from Jacobs. This one is way too close for Jacobs. And now we'll see how judges score it. (10-9 Jacobs, 116-112 Jacobs)
Is Jacobs going to turn up the urgency like his corner just implored him to? He better or he's going to leave this in the judges' hands and that's never a truly comfortable spot for a boxer in a close fight. The bad blood we've seen throughout this buildup hasn't translated to any fireworks. Both fighters missing with right hands. Rosado with a right hand straight down the middle. Clean shot, which might have won the round. (10-9 Rosado, 106-103 Jacobs)
Jacobs leans forward and plants a left hand flush into Rosado's face. Now, a right lands for Jacobs as well. DAZN announces that Jacobs has landed 59 total punches to Rosado's 60 with about a minute left in the 10th round. That's a low number of punches landed in the 10th. Jacobs takes the round, but not in an impressive manner at all. (10-9 Jacobs, 97-93 Jacobs)
Jacobs' corner tells him that he's bored out there, but to keep pumping that jab. Rosado is the more active puncher, although many of his shots are being eaten by Jacobs' gloves with his defense. Jacobs taps Rosado with his left hand, before unloading with that overhand right, which once again misses its mark. Rosado finishes a counter with a sharp right hand. Overhand rights from Rosado partially land at the bell as well. Jacobs is winning this fight but in a really mellow, uneventful way right now. (10-9 Rosado, 87-84 Jacobs)
Jacobs sticking that left through Rosado's guard and winds up on a left hook to the body as well. Jacobs is trying to load up on his overhand right, which has yet to land with full force. Rosado now lands an overhand right of his own. Is Jacobs giving Rosado too much respect or is Rosado commanding it? I'd lean toward the former. (10-9 Jacobs, 78-74 Jacobs)
Jacobs already picking up his aggression early on. These rounds have got to feel a little too close for Jacobs' comfort at this point, though. Jacobs sneaks in a left hand and another just seconds later. Rosado answers back with a left and a right to the body. Another quiet round, though. Overhand right lands for Jacobs and he tacks on a left hook to the body. (10-9 Jacobs, 68-65 Jacobs)
Jacobs digs a heavy-handed right into Rosado's body, as he continues to walk him down and measure him up for a power shot. Still, we have yet to see the punishment that Jacobs promised to dole out on Rosado. An overhand right just misses its mark from Jacobs, but he adds a right to the body to make up for it. That was a low action sixth round, with the slight edge going toward Jacobs. (10-9 Jacobs, 58-56 Jacobs)
Jacobs making Rosado miss quite a bit in this round, but isn't showing much offense himself thus far. Rosado attacks the body with a couple of shots and has been the more active fighter this round. Jacobs with a quick flurry, which mostly misses its mark. Rosado taunts Jacobs at the bell. (10-9 Rosado, 48-47 Jacobs)
Jacobs opening up his offense a bit by pumping a left jab and then cranking a right shot to Rosado's body. He adds a right hook moments later. You can see Jacobs downloading information in real-time, looking for something special. Jacobs pieces together a combo to the body, while walking Rosado down. Jacobs is the one applying more pressure and he hasn't even opened up fully. Rosado has got to do more. (10-9 Jacobs, 39-37 Jacobs)
Jacobs with a left hook early and adds a short left to the body as well. Jacobs buries a left into Rosado's chest. He's clearly the more agile fighter. Rosado is coming up just short on a lot of his punches due to Jacobs' savvy movement around the ring. Jacobs is sticking that right hand into Rosado's body nicely. However, Rosado delivers a jab to answer back. Jacobs is moving forward on Rosado and unloads a big right hand to end the round. (10-9 Jacobs, 29-28 Jacobs)
Rosado comes out pumping the jab, with Jacobs blocking the punches. Jacobs now tries to piece together a combination. He's already more active this round. Jacobs lands a left counter hook and is moving well around Rosado. Moments later, Jacobs digs a right into Rosado's body. An overhand right lands as well for "The Miracle Man." Jacobs walking Rosado down during the waning seconds and unloads on a powerful body shot to end the round. (10-9 Jacobs, 19-19)
Jacobs and Rosado do touch gloves, despite their bitterness entering this fight. Sharp left hook lands early for Rosado. Moments later, he sneaks a straight left to split Jacobs' guard. Jacobs lands a couple of jabs, looking to assert the punch early tonight. Both fighters really showing patience, as they try to feel each other out. Rosado, the more active fighter in the opening round. (10-9 Rosado)
Daniel Jacobs makes ring walk looking as confident as ever
Yeleussinov drops Indongo with a chopping left hand on the ear! Indongo gets up off the canvas gingerly, but he doesn't want any more of Yeleussinov. His equilibrium is off. The ref waves it off and this one is over!
Indongo and Yeleussinov punch at the same time, with Indongo almost paying for it big time as he eats a quick flurry. Whoa! Just as that's said, Yeleussinov blasts a wildly-swinging Indongo with a left hand that drops the former world champion with a thud.