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Jacobs Smashes Lares; Lopez Stops Medina

By Jim Dower: In an impressive display of power punching, undefeated super middleweight prospect Daniel Jacobs (13-0, 12 KOs) destroyed Victor Lares (14-4, 3 KOs) in the second round of a scheduled eight-round bout at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jacobs, 21, an amateur star and possibly a future champion in the super middleweight or middleweight divisions, was too much for an out-gunned Lares, knocking him down with a right hand in the second round. Lares quickly got to his feet but Jay Nady stopped the fight anyway at 2:44 of the round because Lares looked too hurt to continue fighting.

Jacobs, who has knocked out 12 of his 13 opponents, with eight of them occurring in the 1st round, looked to be in a hurry to score another knockout in the first round. However, Lares stayed out of range and was able to keep from getting hit with any of Jacobs’ really big shots in the opening round.

Jacobs throws everything with knockout intentions, however, and he was loading up with pretty much everything he threw in the opening round. Near the end of the round, Jacobs landed a left hand that sent Lares staggering backwards towards the ropes.

Jacobs went after him, thinking he had him hurt, but it appeared that Lares had merely got his feet tangled in between Jacobs and had stumbled backwards because of that rather than Jacob’s left hand that he nailed him with before that.

That didn’t keep Jacobs from hitting him with everything but the kitchen sink for the remainder of the round as he went all out trying to take him out in the round. For his part, Lares landed only a handful of punches in the round and spent the vast majority of the round trying to escape the monstrous shots thrown by Jacobs.

In the 2nd round, Lares landed a three punch combination to open the round. Jacobs was game, however, and immediately began firing back huge shots, landing to the head and body with big right hands and hooks.

After landing a couple of huge left uppercuts to the head, Jacobs succeeded in backing Lares up to the ropes where he finished him with a big right hand that sent Lares to one knee on the canvas. He got up almost immediately, but referee Jay Nady decided to end the one-sided bout at that point, calling a halt to the bout at 2:44 of the 2nd.

In other action on the card, for the third consecutive fight, World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez (24-0, 22 KOs) scored a 1st round knockout. This time, it was at the expense of Argentinean Sergio Manuel Medina (33-2, 18 KOs), who went down three times in the first round from what appeared to be the weakest of shots.

In all seriousness, it appeared that Medina was terrified of Lopez from the opening moments of the fight, and went down from weak and glancing blows. The end of the fight came after Lopez, 25, landed a right uppercut followed by a glancing right to the top of Medina’s head, sending Medina down for the third and final time in the round. Neither punch appeared to be thrown very hard and it was frankly shocking that Medina, a fighter with an impressive record of 33-1 and a high #11 ranking in the WBO, would be knocked down with such a couple of weak shots like this.

The first knockdown came moments into the fight after Lopez chased Medina around the ring, finally catching up to him and landing a left-right combination and then a left to the head that sent Medina down.

It was easy for Lopez because Medina was trapped along the ropes but none of the punches were particularly hard from appearances, and nothing like the big shots that top super bantamweights like Israel Vasquez, Rafael Vazquez, and Celestino Caballero typically throw. Whatever the case, Medina couldn’t handle the shots, whether hard or not.

A short time later after chasing Medina some more around the ring, Lopez caught up to him again and landed a long left hand while Medina was laying up against the ropes and then followed it with a right hand that sent Medina down again.

The final knockdown came seconds later when Lopez once again caught Medina up against the ropes and hit up with a right uppercut and then a grazing right hand blow to the top of Medina’s head, sending him crashing to the canvas. Referee Joe Cortez then moved in and halted the one-sided fight at 1:38 of the round.

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