Danny Jacobs in my eyes boxed smartly and used a mobility edge, while staying cognizant of defense for the entirety of the 12 rounds he fought Sergey Derevyanchenko at the Hulu MSG Theater Saturday Oct. 27.
Jacobs' work in the majority of the rounds gave him an 8-4 win on my card, but the judges, and many, many of the folks I talked to after, had it closer.
The Brownsville boxer eked out a split decision, with Julie Lederman seeing Derevyanchenko a 114-113 winner. She liked his come-forward manner. But she was out-voted by Tom Schreck and Steve Weisfeld, who each had the NY native bettering the Ukrainian, 115-112.
We thought maybe the night would end early, as a hellacious right hand gave Danny an extra point in round one.
That was the first time Derevyanchenko had been knocked down and he kept the tally at 1. No, Jacobs wouldn't run roughshod over the Ukrainian, whose aggression was persistent, but not, perhaps, as hardcore as his backers had hoped. They wanted a bit more focused mania and his attack was not plodding, but lacked the voyage and wattage that might have flustered Jacobs a bit more.
People who had the fight closer than I wanted more from Jacobs. They liked when he used center ring more, not as much when he was moving, and sometimes getting stopped on the ropes.
I thought very highly of Danny's D on this night; to me, he was reading very, very well what Sergey might do, and slipping smartly. I will be interested to see what my eyes missed on fight night, ringside, when I watch HBO's presentation.
You, how did you score this fight, for the vacant IBF middleweight crown?