Jacobs crushes Walton; Charlo Stops Flores – Boxing Results
By Jim Dower: Unbeaten middleweight contender Daniel Jacobs (17-0, 15 KO’s) recorded an impressive 8th round stoppage over George Walton (20-4, 12 KO’s) on Friday night at the Desert Diamond Casino, in Tucson, Arizona. Jacobs, 22, ranked #8 in the World Boxing Association middleweight division, overwhelmed the 35-year-old Walton with punches in the 8th round, ending with a combination of big shots as Walton covered up on the ropes.
The referee Robert Ferrara stepped in at 1:59 of the round after Walton’s head was snapped back from a big left hand followed by a right hand and then a huge left uppercut. For Jacobs, it was a much different performance than he had been putting in many of his earlier bouts.
Instead of trying to slug it out with Walton like Jacobs customarily did in his first 15 fights, he focused on movement, his jab and throwing fast combinations. It worked well, as Jacobs was able to hit Walton at will without having to get hit all that much.
The flipside is that the fight was far less impressive than Jacobs’ earlier fights when he would typically come out fast trying to knock his opponents out in the first couple of rounds. Never the less, the new style seems to fit Jacobs much better than the slugging style, because Jacobs isn’t a real banger and then is a style that he can use that will save him from taking needless punishment.
The first round was close with Jacobs circling the ring jabbing, throwing fast combinations and leaning away from Walton’s big looping shots. The bout was fairly close until the end of the round when Jacobs opened up with a flurry of heavy shots. Walton landed some big shots of his own in the round but he wasn’t able to match the heavy output from Jacobs.
Early in the 2nd round, Jacobs dropped Walton with a cuffing left hand to the neck. The referee clearly blew the call because Jacobs wrist caught Walton around the neck and he was brought down from this rather than punch. In the large scheme of things, it didn’t matter thankfully.
Jacobs finished the round very strong opening up with a flurry of punches while Walton foolishly stayed on the ropes trying to cover up. Walton should have learned from this to stay off the ropes, because in each of the next six rounds Walton would occasionally retreat to the ropes where he would absorb big punishment from Jacobs.
In the 3rd round, Jacobs mostly focused on throwing speedy combinations using his hand speed rather power shots. Jacobs did, however, land one big right hand that seemed to hurt Walton sending him retreating backwards temporarily.
In the 4th round, Jacobs was cut over the right eye from a clash of heads. Jacobs spent the better part of the round on the ropes taking big shots from Walton. Near the end of the round, Jacobs got off the ropes and succeeded in pinning Walton there where Jacobs was then able to open up with a storm of shots to steal the round.
Jacobs moved around in the 5th round, peppering Walton with combinations and jabs and avoiding his big looping shots. In the last minute of the round, Jacobs teed off on Walton with big shots as Walton stood with his back against the ropes taking big shots.
Jacobs went back to throwing speedy combinations in the 6th and 7th rounds, hitting Walton with three and four punch combinations and then leaning backwards to avoid Walton’s sweeping shots. Walton, only 5’7 ¾” compared to Jacobs 6’1”, wasn’t able to land when Jacobs stood on the outside and was forced to try and crowd him. Jacobs easily picked him off as he desperately rushed in trying to land.
Early in the 8th round it was pretty clear that the fight needed to be stopped soon, because Walton was just taking punishment and was no longer even remotely competitive against Jacobs. The end came when Walton retreated to the ropes where he took a series of hard shots starting with a monstrous right hand, the hardest punch that Jacobs had thrown since the earlier part of the fight. Jacobs then added three more big shots each one snapping Walton’s head back. The referee then stepped in and stopped the bout to save Walton from any further punishment.
Unbeaten welterweight prospect Jermell Charlo (8-0, 4 KO’s) defeated Frederico Flores Jr. (6-3, 2 KO‘s) by an eight round TKO. The fight was prematurely stopped by referee Nico Perez at 0:42 of the round seconds after Charlo staggered Flores with a big right hand and then followed it up with two more right hands at which point the referee stepped in and pulled the plug on Flores while he was seemingly still fighting without any problems.
Flores, 21, fought well in the first two rounds, stalking Charlo and pounding his with nice body shots and hooks to the head. Charlo, only 19, turned things around starting in the 3rd round as he began to use his jab and right hand to pound Flores at a distance.
Flores continue to pressure Charlo but was getting hit with some huge shots as he was coming. Charlo mostly jabbed in the 4th round, keeping Flores on the outside and bottled up for the most part. Flores continued to pressure Charlo but was landing much less than he had in the first two rounds.
In the 5th and 6th rounds, Charlo landed well with his right hand while on the outside, and doing a good job of tagging the slow moving Flores as he tried to get close and land his shots. At the end of the 6th, it looked as if Charlo was slowing down as his work rate dropped and Flores began to make a comeback. In the 7th, Flores continued to fight well, tagging Charlo with big body shots over and over again in the round.
In the 8th, Flores looked as if he was in the process of winning the round when he got hit with a hard jab followed by a big right hand from Charlo that staggered Flores. Charlo followed up with an overhand right hand then a right uppercut to the head. Referee Nico Perez then stepped in and stopped the bout at this point even though Flores looked perfectly okay and in the process of fighting back.
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