Alan Dawson – London
Come-backing middleweight Daniel Jacobs boosted his ledger to 24-1-0, 21ko on Saturday, December 1 as the 25-year-old slayed Chris Fitzpatrick in a crushing manner. Just 19 months ago, Jacobs could not even walk as he began a recovery from cancer surgery. Fast forward to this evening and the American – who fought at Madison Square Garden, New York – hounded Fitzpatrick, following his every step, using his legs but mostly his fists, pumping leather gloves into his opponent’s face with such force that Fitzpatrick refused to answer the bell to start the sixth round…
Official verdict: Jacobs wins via 5th Rd TKO.
“I’m satisfied… I let my hands go, you heard the oohs and aahs from this beautiful crowd,” said Jacobs to Showtime: World Championship Boxing after the announcement of his victory was made. “Next time, I want more rounds. I’m back as a contender. I think I’m back. Let’s go… Brooklyn in February. What do you think?”
Jacobs began the bout by backing Fitzpatrick up in the introductory round. The first kept his opponent at bay and, when he doubled and/or trebled the jab, it pushed Fitzpatrick onto the back-foot. In the second, the pair exchanged hooks. Jacobs was able to land his as his first-choice power shot while maintaining enough defensive awareness to evade Fitzpatrick’s attempt to catch Danny with a wide one.
In the third round, Jacobs cut Fitzpatrick up. Sensing trepidation in his opponent, Jacobs began a physical assault that was heavy on punch cumulation against the ropes. Jacobs’ power was telling… when Fitzpatrick employed a stubborn high guard, Jacobs simply split the arms by punching through them. Jacobs finished the round impressively, with 54 percent of his power punches landing on his opponent.
Fitzpatrick looked most dangerous when he was closing the distance but all too often found himself in the spaces of the ring that were most dangerous for him… where Jacobs was most threatening; when Fitzpatrick was backed against the ropes and absorbing a torrent of shots. This happened throughout the first half of the contest.
And, in the fifth, Jacobs beat the Irish Ghost around the ring’s periphery with such an unrelenting pressure that the Cleveland fighter refused to get off his stool after five rounds, prompting the referee to reward Danny with a technical knockout triumph.
EBU super middleweight hopeful James DeGale, who challenges Piotr Wilczewski for the European title on a tentatively-booked date of Saturday, September 17 at a yet-to-be determined venue, is considering taking his training camp to Los Angeles, California, for ten days where he will spar with former world title challenger and highly-rated national middleweight campaigner – Daniel Jacobs.
Despite plying his trade in the super middleweight division, where he has already won and lost the British championship (against Paul Smith and George Groves, respectively), DeGale has long sparred with light heavyweights, most notably – Commonwealth belt holder Tony Bellew and WBO world champion Nathan Cleverly.
The Londoner, whose promoter Frank Warren has organised a shot at major continental honours despite coming off the back of a closely-contested split decision defeat, is contemplating a change of sparring partners and scenery.
DeGale (10-1-0, 8ko) said: “I was going to do some work with Darren Barker ahead of his fight with Sergio Martinez, but it looks like he’s going to go away for a camp.
“I’ve got some options over here, and I could work with Tony Bellew and Nathan Cleverly, both of whom I have sparred before, but I could also go to the States as well, may be for a week or 10 days, and do some sparring out there.”
A statement on the official website of Warren implied Jacobs (22-1-0, 19ko) would be the spar partner in Los Angeles. A former national title holder (NABF, NABO) at middleweight, Jacobs only has one blight on his professional record; a shock defeat to Dmitry Pirog for the then-vacant WBO strap.
Since then Jacobs (pictured above) has joined Freddie Roach’s stable at the Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood, California, and has won twice; a fifth round technical knockout over Jesse Orta and a first round teekayo trumping of Robert Kliewer.
Petra Kirsch – Gelsenkirchen
A move to USA has multiple advantages for WBO World Middleweight champion Dmitry Pirog. The 30-year-old believes he needs to inject some fresh blood into his boxing team and is on the lookout for a “knowledgeable American coach”. Pirog also wishes to box on American canvas in order to receive coverage by a State-side broadcaster as he is currently fighting for “little money”.
“I thought becoming a champion will erase a majority of problems but I’ve found out that everything is even more complicated and there are tons of problems at a higher level of significance,” Pirog explained to Boxing Scene on being overlooked by heavyweight American broadcasters HBO and Showtime together with experiencing problems with finalising fight dates.
“I have to dedicate myself not fully to the training process but to resolve some organisational issues,” added the undefeated Russian. “This is disgusting for both me and my co-promoter Kirill Pchelnikov. However, I want to thank Kirill for his help in making my life as easy as it can be for the champion of the world.
“Fighting in America is a must but, unfortunately this is much more complicated than that. I try to move in that direction but it costs me some big money. I have to fight for little money. I pay all my coaches and my sparring partners not only for their work but also their travel and living expenses. I barely have a zero balance after everything is calculated but I’m not here to complain. Being a champion is a hard job but I’ve chosen this path myself and I’m not going to stop in between.”
Pirog (18-0-0, 14ko) was an unknown quality one year ago yet scored one of the shock victories of 2010 as he secured a technical knockout against Daniel Jacobs in the 5th round at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas last July. The bout was for the vacant WBO strap at 160lbs and Pirog’s subsequent fight, his first defence of the middleweight belt, was back in his native Russia against Javier Francisco Maciel in March.
Pirog, though, did not look impressive despite decisioning the Argentine. Regarding the performance, he said: “I need to change my approach. I need to reconsider some important details. It’s time for me to start training under the guidance of a knowledgeable American coach. Not that my team is bad but some fresh blood will be useful. I want to underline explicitly that my previous trainer Vyacheslav Nepogodin will continue to work as a vital part of my team and will help me prepare for upcoming fights.”
Pirog’s second world title defence is yet to be booked, however, it will likely be against the WBO mandatory challenger – Gennady Martirosyan: “The only fight we are really interested in right now is Martirosyan who is ranked number one by the WBO. I want to arrange this contest in America and I would be very glad if it gets televised by ESPN. If negotiations are successful the fight can land a date somewhere in June or July.”
J.G Barrington – New York
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Heavyweight: Danny Williams – 2nd Rd TKO – Frank Kary Roth
Notes – Following the relinquishing of his British crown to Dereck Chisora last summer, Williams got his career back on track with a second round stoppage of German southpaw Kary Roth. On paper it represents a good win but taken in it’s context, Kary Roth is a Cruiserweight who had 21 losses on his resume with just two victories.
EBU Super Middleweight title: Piotr Wilczewski – 11th Rd TKO – Amin Asikainen
Notes – Wilczewski dropped Asikainen in both the eighth and 11th rounds, in front of Asikainen’s home fans in Finland, to pick up the vacant European title. The WBO Intercontinental super middleweight belt was also on the line.
Super Middleweight: Daniel Jacobs – 1st Rd TKO– Robert Kliewer
Notes – Esteemed trainer Freddie Roach oversaw Jacobs’ corner in an official capacity for the first time in what was a swift and dominant display against an overmatched opponent who had lost more bouts than he had won.
Super Middleweight: James Kirkland – 1st Rd KO – Ahsandi Gibbs
Notes – The return to the ring of Texan southpaw Kirkland was particularly noteworthy as he struck a pure knockout over late adversary Gibbs. Kirkland inflicted the second defeat on Gibbs’ resume as he continued his own thumping record of 23 knockouts in 26 victories without a single blemish.
Super Middleweight: George Groves – 4th Rd TKO – Daniel Adotey Allotey
Notes – Hayemaker Promotions may now be looking to put Groves in against slayed amateur James DeGale in what would be a great grudge match for British fans after Groves beat Allotey inside the distance. The Commonwealth champ weighed in at a career high 171.25lbs.
WBC Super Welterweight title: Saul Alvarez – UD – Matthew Hatton [119-108, 119-108, 119-108]
Notes – The fight had an unofficial catchweight of 150lbs yet Alvarez came in 1.5lbs over. Hatton, a Welterweight by trade, was out of his depth as Alvarez won every single round. The Mexican who, at 20, becomes the youngest champion at 154lbs, was deducted a point at the 7th round for punching after the bell.
IBF Super Lightweight title: Zab Judah – 7th Rnd TKO – Kaizer Mabuza
Notes – 11 years after winning the IBF’s version of the world title, Judah once again fits the Super Lightweight belt around his waist with a good technical knockout over tough South African Mabuza. Judah was decked in the fourth.
Super Lightweight: Humberto Soto – UD – Fidel Monterrosa Munoz [100-88, 100-90, 98-92]
Notes – Soto continued a strong winning run with a 12-round unanimous decision triumph in a non-title fight in Mexico. Soto and Urbano Antillon will now have a rematch of their fight last year on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley summer showdown.
Lightweight: Vicente Escobedo – UD – Walter Estrada [97-92, 96-93, 97-92]
Notes – Estrada was troubled and then downed in the seventh round as Escobedo won a decision in a ten-round contest.
WBO Intercontinental Super Featherweight title: Adrien Broner – UD – Daniel Ponce de Leon [96-94, 99-91, 96-94]
Notes – Ponce de Leon felt the scorecards were unjustified as Broner was awarded the decision win. It was the first time Ponce de Leon had lost since his unsuccessful attempt at being the first man to beat Juan Manuel Lopez. Broner remains undefeated.
British Super Featherweight title: Gary Sykes – UD – Carl Johanneson [116-112, 115-112, 115-113]
Notes – Sykes stormed to a thrilling decision win over Johanneson. Sykes showed good heart and desire to get up off the canvas in the 9th round to beat Johanneson on points.
IBO Female Lightweight title: Marie Riederer – D – Zelda Tekin [95-95 | 95-95 | 95-95]
Notes – All three judges were unable to separate Riederer and Tekin in this title fight in Germany.