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Daniel Jacobs defeats Gabriel Rosado by split decision in low-action affair

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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
  • Nikita Ababiy def. Brandon Maddox by unanimous decision (59-55, 59-55, 59-55); Middleweight
  • Mahammadrasul Majidov def. Sahret Delgado via third-round TKO; Heavyweight
  • Emmanuel Tagoe def. Mason Menard by majority decision (98-92, 96-94, 95-95); Lightweight

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Nikita Ababiy edges Brandon Maddox with unanimous decision

All judges have it 59-55 after six rounds for the winner and still undefeated Nikita Ababiy (10-0).

Ababiy and Maddox go the distance

Not what Ababiy was expecting at all. But it just goes to show how much the 22-year-old needs to further develop his fight game. Asserting a jab will definitely help.

Ababiy digging in with body shots

Maddox drew blood under Ababiy's nose with a crisp right hand in the first. However, Ababiy returns fire by absolutely ripping the body with savage shots in the second. Maddox seems to be tired in the third.

Nikita Ababiy vs. Brandon Maddox is up next

Both middleweights have made their way into the ring. Let's see if Nikita "White Chocolate" Ababiy can stay undefeated.

Majidov stops Delgado in the third round

Majidov pummeling Delgado with six unanswered punches and then moments later knocks him out on his feet with a stiff right hand against the ropes. That punch made the ref wisely stop the fight right then and there.

Majidov stuns Delgado in the first round

Majidov landed a hard right hook, which momentarily stunned Delgado. It looked like Delgado wouldn't survive the opening frame. However, Delgado landed a left hook and has made it to the second.

Heavyweight action up next

Mahammadrasul Majidov will be facing Sahret Delgado. Majidov defeated Anthony Joshua in the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships final, before advancing to win the 2012 Olympic bronze medal. At 34, Majidov is trying to make a significant dent in the heavyweight rankings to earn a world title shot in the near future.

Emmanuel Tagoe takes majority decision over Mason Menard

Judges have it 98-92, 96-94 and 95-95 to give the majority decision to Tagoe. That should have been a unanimous decision, as Tagoe was the more effective boxer — especially on the outside — as he tagged Menard at will.

How Daniel Jacobs pulled up at Hard Rock Live

The former two-time middleweight champ arrived in style earlier tonight.

Emmanuel Tagoe in control against Mason Menard through five rounds

Tagoe opened a cut over Menard's left eye in the fourth round and it has become an increased target in the fifth. Still, Menard is hanging tough in this lightweight tilt.

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