Jacobs Destroys Pena
By Nate Anderson: Fighting on the undercard of Oscar De La Hoya vs. Steve Forbes, undefeated super middleweight Daniel Jacobs (6-0, 6 KOs) easily put in the best performance of the fight with a stunning 1st round TKO of Jose Pena (2-3-1, 2 KOs) , stopping him at 0:53 of the 1st round on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center, in Carson, California. Jacobs knocked Pena down twice in the round and after the second knockdown the fight was stopped due to Pena being too badly hurt to continue fighting.
At the start of the fight, Jacobs wasted little time in going right after Pena, blasting him powerful combinations to the head and body, mixing him punches up with expert precision. The power of the shots was extraordinary, eclipsing that of other top prospects such as Pat Quillin and Andre Dirrell by a wide margin. It was clear that Pena wouldn’t be able to take more than a handful of these monstrous shots without going down under fire, for Jacobs was throwing punches that would decapitate an opponent. A few seconds later, after taking a series of hard lefts to the head, Pena was dropped to the canvas after taking a huge left hand to the body followed immediately by a left hook to the head.
He got to his feet, stepping backwards and moving his head around as if he was still not entirely with it. The referee then gave him a standing eight count, studying him carefully before allowing the fight to continue. Jacobs immediately greeted him with a hard right hand to the head, backing him up to his corner, where Jacobs unloaded with a right-left to the head that dropped Pena to all fours on the canvas. Slowly, he rose to his knees, looking dejected and hurt as the referee began counting. Pena made it up to his feet, looking hurt, and followed the referee’s instructions to come towards him.
After taking a close look at Pena’s eyes, the referee called a halt to the bout seeing that Pena was in no condition to continue to fight further. It was short and sweet, another knockout for Jacobs who his proving himself already to be a future star in the division. With his kind of power, it would be hard to imagine any super middleweight being able to stand in with him for long without being knocked out, and that includes champion Joe Calzaghe. I’d pick Jacobs to knock Calzaghe out as easily as he’s knocked out his other opposition. This kid is the real deal. He has a big future ahead of him.
Jacobs, 21, a former 2005 National Golden Gloves middleweight champion, 2005 National PAL champion and the 2006 United States Amateur middleweight champion, has quickly made a name for himself since turning professional in December 2007. In that short time span, Jacobs has quickly recorded six knockouts in his first six fights, with the majority of them occurring in the 1st round. Though he has still yet to fight anyone of note, Jacobs is the real deal and possesses knockout power in each hand. Already, he looks good enough to challenger for a title and looks much better than virtually all of the top super middleweight contenders.