Jacobs Flattens Watson

jacobs452356.jpgBy Scott Gilfoid: Undefeated super middleweight Daniel Jacobs (11-0, 10 KOs) made short work of his opponent Tyrone Watson on Saturday night, stopping him in the 1st round of a scheduled six-round bout at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. For Jacobs, it was his eighth first round knockout and 1th overall for the former 2004 and 2005 National Golden Gloves winner. Jacobs, 21, traded shots with Watson early in the first round, getting hit with a few right hands and jabs, but returning fire with blistering combinations to the head and body.

Soon after, Jacobs knocked Watson down with a thunderous right hand to the head. Watson got up and continued fighting, but Jacobs hurt him with a powerful left hook to the body, the punch causing Watson to wince in pain, and then followed it up with another big left hook to the body that sent Watson down for the count. Referee Alan Huggins stepped in and halted the fight at 2:29 of the first round, with Watson still badly hurt from the body shots and lying on the canvas in visible pain. The Jacobs bout was on the undercard of the Bernard Hopkins vs. Kelly Pavlik bout, and easily the more exciting fight of the two.

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Berto Defeats Forbes; Collazo, Jacobs Also Win – Latest Boxing News

berto452356.jpgBy David Lar: Making his first defense of his WBC welterweight title, undefeated Andre Berto (23-0, 19 KOs) pounded out an impressive 12-round unanimous decision over Steve Forbes (33-7, 9 KOs) at the Staples Center, in Los Angeles, California. Berto, 25, rose to the occasion against arguably his best opponent of his career in the 31 year-old Forbes, a former IBF super featherweight champion and a former contestant on the reality television series The Contender. Forbes looked good initially, matching Berto’s hand speed with blazing speed of his own, and landing well in the first two rounds. Indeed, Forbes appeared to win both the first and second rounds with his fast left hooks which he landed often against Berto during this time of the fight.

However, Berto adjusted well, and then completely took over the fight with his explosive combinations to the head and body of Forbes. As the fight progressed, Forbes seemed to drastically reduce his own punch output to the point where by the 11th and 12th rounds, he was only attempting a handful of punches per round. Berto had a lot to do with that, because he punished Forbes badly, hitting him often with hard uppercuts and combinations and giving him a thorough beating.

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Ortiz Defeats Arrieta; Jacobs Smashes Espinoza – Boxing News

ortiz45765.jpgBy Chris Williams: Unbeaten light welterweight contender Victor Ortiz (22-0-1, 17 KOs) looked good in defeating an over-matched Roberto David Arrieta (30-14-4, 13 KOs) in a 5th round stoppage to win the vacant WBO NABO light welterweight title on Saturday night at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ortiz, 21, knocked Arrieta, an Argentinean, down three times in the fight – once in the 2nd, 4th and 5th – with the third knockdown resulting in referee Jay Nady stopping the fight at 2:25 of the 5th round. Ortiz, who looked positively in his last fight against power puncher Dairo Esalas in May, fought much better against the soft-punching Arrieta. Without having to worry about getting hit with any kind of power shots like the ones that Esalas was tagging Ortiz with in his last fight, Ortiz looked good and dominated Arrieta from start to finish.

Ortiz stalked Arrieta around the ring in the first round, hitting him with power jabs and left hooks to the head. He fought very tight, as if he were nervous and expecting anything from Arrieta. Ortiz needed worry, because Arrieta couldn’t punch his way out of a wet paper bag, as it turns out. After getting decked by Esalas in his last fight, this was a good thing for Ortiz, because he needed to especially look good after struggling last time out.

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Daniel Jacobs – Is He Already The Best Super Middleweight

jacobs6678900.jpgBy Scott Gilfoid: Though his name is never brought up when the top super middleweight fighters are mentioned, young 21 year-old Daniel Jacobs (8-0, 8 KOs) may already be the best of the bunch, perhaps even better than Joe Calzaghe and Mikkel Kessler – the two fighters thought by many boxing fans to be the top two super middleweights in the division by far. However, neither Kessler or Calzaghe have the crushing power that Jacobs has, nor the smooth moves on the inside. Indeed, Jacobs, a former PAL national championship and a National Golden Gloves welterweight championship winner, looks to be the successor of those two fighters.

At 21, however, Jacobs is progressing at a rapid rate and looks to ready to take over the division even at this early point in his boxing career. Having fought as a professional for only a year, he obviously has a little more time before he’s going to be pushed up against the likes of fighters like Kessler. However, he looks like he’ll be ready when the time comes, and like I said, he’d probably have enough power and skill to give Kessler huge problems even now. Jacobs’ power is enormous, so that even when he’s not landing perfectly, he’s capable of scoring a knockout.

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Jacobs Stops Rios

jacobs45356574.jpgBy Chris Williams: Super middleweight prospect Daniel Jacobs (8-0, 7 KOs) once again scored a 1st round TKO, this being his 6th TKO in the first round out of seven total knockouts on his record. His latest victim, Sergio Rios (18-9, 16 KOs), was dropped to the canvas late in the round after taking a four punch combination to the head. Although the last punch that hit Rios, a powerful right hand, didn’t appear to connect cleanly, but it still had the effect of knocking Rios to the canvas as if he were ran over by a truck. Referee Raul Caiz moved in immediately and halted the fight at 2:46 of the 1st round. Whether the punch landed cleanly or not, Rios was taking severe punishment in the round from Jacobs, who was making every punch he threw count.

Using mostly hooks, Jacobs hammered Rios to the body and head steadily in the round. The shots were all thrown very hard, and Rios, who had lost eight of his last nine fights going into Wednesday’s bout with Jacobs, looked uneasy in the first few seconds of the fight after tasting a few powerful hooks from Jacobs. Every punch that Jacobs landed was a like a mini explosion going off, making a loud sound and causing Rios to take a backwards step with every blow. Rios, for his part, hardly threw anything back at all during the entire round and was mostly busy taking tremendous punishment.

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Daniel Jacobs Destroys Julio Perez

jacobs4233.jpgBy Eric Thomas: Forget all about Joe Calzaghe and Mikkel Kessler, unbeaten super middleweight Daniel Jacobs (7-0, 7 KOs) is going to be better than both of them ever hoped they could be. In fact, at 21, the former 2006 United States Amateur middleweight champion, may already be better than both of. With devastating power in either hand, Jacobs continued his forward progress on Friday evening, stopping Julio Perez (5-9-2, 4 KOs) in the 1st round of scheduled four-round bout at the Dodge Arena, in Hidalgo, Texas. Jacobs, using power punches and a steady downpour of combinations, staggered Perez several times in the first round, sending him reeling from one side of the ring to the other while taking unanswered shots to the head.

Finally, after ripping into him with a devastating four-punch combination ending with a powerful left that drove Perez to the ropes, Rafael Ramos moved in and halted the fight at 1:49 of the 1st found, sparing Perez from getting knocked out in front of his home crowd in Texas. The fans weren’t particularly pleased with seeing Jacobs, a fighter from Brooklyn, New York, manhandling Perez with such ease, and responded by showering Jacobs with a chorus of boos immediately after the fight was stopped.

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