Boxing Results: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. QUITS, Daniel Jacobs wins
By Kenneth Friedman: Daniel Jacobs (36-3, 30 KOs) defeated former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (51-4-1, 33 KOs) by a 5th round knockout on Friday night in a disappointing fight at the Talking Stick Resort Arena,in Phoenix, Arizona.
Chavez Jr. quit after the 5th. After Chavez quit, the angry boxing fans at ringside threw debris inside the ring in letting him know that they weren’t happy with him quitting.
After the round ended, Chavez Jr. mentioned his hand being injured. However, his trainer Freddie Roach pointed to his nose when asked why Chavez Jr. chose not to continue fighting. Chavez’s nose was bloodied in the 5th round by some hard shots from Jacobs, and he looked uncomfortable.
Chavez Jr. looked huge inside the ring, like a cruiserweight, and not as a super middleweight, which isn’t surprising. He had come in over the 168 lb contract weight limit at 172.75 lbs on Thursday during the weigh-in, and he ended up losing $1 million of his $3 million purse.
During the first three rounds, Chavez Jr. landed some nice right hands to the head and left hooks to the body that got Jacobs’ attention. However, Chavez Jr. wasn’t letting his hands go nearly enough for him to dominate like he should have given his size advantage. Chavez Jr. clearly was the bigger puncher of the two, but he fought timidly for some reason.
On several occasions, Chavez Jr. complained to the referee when Jacobs would use different borderline illegal tactics like shouldering. Rather than keeping quiet about it and paying Jacobs back, Chavez Jr. would turn to the referee and complain. This is something that Chavez Jr’s famous dad didn’t do during his career, and it was off-putting.
“He was a cruiserweight. Physically he was the bigger man. I tried to counter him. He quit on his stool,” said Jacobs. “They won’t allow me to enjoy my victory. It took 2 or 3 rounds. This is the biggest opponent in my career. I needed to make sure I could take his punches. I knew sooner or later he would get tired.
“I know they’re not mad at me,” said Jacobs. “They’re mad at Chavez. I didn’t fight a super middleweight If fought a cruiserweight. That’s exactly. I want Jermall Charlo or a GGG rematch. If I can’t get that, then I want to fight for super middleweight championship. You’ve got Billy Joe Saunders and Callum Smith,” said Jacobs.
Charlo would likely beat Jacobs, and Gennadiy Golovkin would as well. It’s doubtful that those guys will fight Jacobs anytime soon, but you never know. Golovkin is with DAZN, and he has mandatory he needs to take care of in March or April against Kamil Szeremeta.
After that, Golovkin is hoping Canelo Alvarez will fight him. If not, then he might be interested in fighting Jacobs again. As for Charlo, Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn is trying to sign him for a one-fight deal with DAZN. If he does that, then Jacobs vs. Charlo would be an excellent fight.
There’s no chance that Jaocbs is going to get any credit for this win, but I think he knew that going into the match. This was more about Jacobs getting a paycheck rather than him fighting a relevant super middleweight contender. Chavez Jr. is no longer relevant, as his career evaporated seven years ago after his loss to Sergio Martinez in 2012.
Jacobs should have taken on a talented super middleweight like Callum Smith, Caleb Plant, Billy Joe Saunders or David Benavidez. Based on tonight’s performance, Jacobs might lose to all of those fighters. He didn’t look very impressive at all. Jacobs fought like the same guy that lost to Canelo Alvarez and barely beat Sergiy Derevyanchenko. He hasn’t improved at all.
Jacobs has a lot from his game in the last eight years, and he’s not the fighter he once was. He’s not a young 32, that’s for sure. You can’t blame Jacobs for looking to cash out with money fights while he can, because he doesn’t have much time left. This writer doesn’t see Jacobs beating any of the elite level super middleweights, and definitely not GGG or Jermall Charlo. Canelo won’t fight Jacobs again, and I think he knows that. He didn’t bother mentioning his name.