Brownsville, New York
middleweight contender Daniel “The Golden Child” Jacobs, 26-1 (23), continued
his eventful middleweight campaign with a two-fisted, third round destruction
of the normally durable Giovanni Lorenzo. The bout was the main event of Golden
Boy Promotions' inaugural FS1 series at
the Best Buy Theater
in New York, New York. Jacobs, whose only loss is a fifth round TKO suffered at
the hands of Dmitry Pirog for the WBO middleweight title, is now three years
older and wiser.
Jacobs entered the contest having won a miraculous battle with a rare cancer
that paralyzed him two years ago. Having since beaten his disease, becoming an
advocate for cancer research and healthy living in the process, Jacobs has also
quietly rattled off three wins since October of 2012. At 6’1” with a 73” reach
and an athletic, muscular build to go with a solid amateur background and the
maturity of experience, Jacobs could develop into a problem at 160. At age 26,
what is necessary is proving he can infiltrate the upper levels of contention
Giovanni Lorenzo is a middleweight also-ran with
respectable power, a durable chin and a habit of losing the biggest fights of
his career. Coming into this bout, he was 3-3 in his last six with losses
dating back to Felix Sturm in 2010, Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam in 2011 and Sam
Soliman in 2012. The guys he beat were nowhere near that level (one was 3-26-1
Johnny Valentin). Nonetheless, Lorenzo, 32-6 (24), entered Monday's affair having
never been stopped.
Jacobs boxed well behind a heavier jab than in the past.
Some holes did appear in Jacobs' game as he has a tendency to lower his right
hand as he jabs with what he calls the “Bow and Arrow.” But beyond that, he
showed much improvement. Jacobs (who used to have a tendency to back up to the
ropes and then tie up) pivoted much smoother behind a hard jab and straight
right hand. Here, he jabbed twice, ducked and pivoted out several times to get
to center ring.
Lorenzo played the old veteran, roughing up Jacobs any way
he could. He used combos to the head and body and was nasty in the clinches.
What happened in the third was unclear but the tactics, which the commentators
seemed to think were having an effect on Jacobs, had the opposite effect.
“I knew I definitely had the skills over him but
[Lorenzo] had the experience,” said Jacobs of said tactics. “I knew that he was
giving me old Bernard Hopkins moves, trying to get inside my head. And I didn’t
let it get to me. I knew he was strong but once he hit me with a good left, I
said, ‘OK, let's go.’ The Brooklyn came out of me and I got him out of there.”
Jacobs suffered a cut from either an elbow or headbutt. The
elbow seems more likely as a gash opened under Jacobs’ left eye under the cheekbone.
“I think maybe a couple years ago with the inexperience,
I probably would have gotten a little panicky but I calmed down. I wiped my
glove and I seen that he cut me. But I calmed down a little bit. I said, ‘Take
your time,’ because I knew he was going to come after me. And he came and I
said. ‘I got something for you,’ and it ended up working out real good.”
The doctor examined Jacobs and once action resumed, he went
after Lorenzo, boxing smart and finding purchase with a left hook and then a right
hand that shook Lorenzo. Jacobs stepped up the tempo, attacking in earnest but
moving to the side and not taking anything stupid in return.
Lorenzo backed to the ropes and took a hard left hook/right
hand combo that scrambled his consciousness enough for his knees to buckle for
the full collapse. Lorenzo was removed from his senses momentarily as he
searched around for a way to get up. Mercifully, referee Steve Willis stopped
the contest at 2:05 of the third.
“I owe it all to the man upstairs,” Jacobs would say
afterward. “God is a great part of my life and with this second opportunity, I
felt I wanted to make a statement and I feel I made a statement here tonight.
My Brooklyn peoples, they came to support me! I love you.”
With the win, Jacobs picked up the vacant WBC Continental
Americas belt, moving him up the ranks and closer to an eventual showdown with
fellow Al Haymon/Golden Boy Promotions stablemate and WBO middleweight
titleholder Peter Quillin.
Also on the card, middleweight Terrell Gausha, 10-2 (4),
was technically sound and ruthlessly efficient in stopping Austin Marcum, 5-4
(3), at 1:04 of the second round. Gausha used a piston-like jab to set up a big
right hand, putting Marcum down in the corner at the end of the first. Smelling
blood, Gausha made quick work of Marcum, changing levels well behind his jab
and dropping Marcum with body shots.
Gausha has not lost
as a professional fighter. As a pro, he is 5-0 with three knockouts. As a
semi-pro in the World Series of Boxing league, he suffered two losses against
five wins. However, AIBA and the WSB failed to reach an agreement with the
Association of Boxing Commissions and then failed to inform fighters like
Gausha that any loss they suffered in the U.S. would count against their
Eddie Gomez, 15-0 (10), was fairly basic in stopping Steven Upsher Chambers,
24-3-1 (6), who gave little to no resistance. It was all Gomez all the time, so
on one hand, it is hard to criticize him. Chambers simply asked no questions of
Gomez beyond a third round rally that got him clocked and stopped at 2:33 of