The incredible story of Daniel Jacobs continues as Jacobs wins world title in 5 rounds. Peter Wells reports on the triple header that also sees the Lamont Peterson-Danny Garcia clash edge ever closer.
From cancer survivor to world champion, the story of Daniel Jacobs is a remarkable one. Jacobs’ 5th round stoppage of Jarrod Fletcher 18-2(10) was greeted by joy and admiration from anyone that knew what the Brooklyn man has overcome.
While the title Jacobs won is not the WBA’s main belt – the WBA ‘Super’ title – and while not everyone, including myself, would recognise it as a legitimate world title, no one will begrudge Jacobs his moment as a world champion, because even reaching this stage is a miracle in itself. But for the ambitious Jacobs, this is just the beginning.
Jacobs came close to a first round knockout when he had the Australian reeling, before he eventually hit the canvas. The onslaught continued rights and lefts crashing through the gloves of the stricken Fletcher.
The referee’s intervention never came, and Jacobs soon pulled himself back, looking to pace himself after such a blistering start. This did allow Fletcher back into the fight, but the power of Jacobs was ever present, and the storm came again in the 5th, when a hard right nailed Fletcher. Fletcher was down again, but this time the corner threw in the towel, saving their fighter from any more punishment.
Jacobs now 28-1(25) will be delighted with the feat, but he sees more to come, likely a contest with WBO Middleweight champion Peter Quillin. One thing is for sure, Jacobs will not fear whoever he enters the ring with, because he has already conquered the scariest opponent.
Lamont Peterson 33-2-1(17) dominated and stopped the tough but outgunned Edgar Santana 29-5(20).
The ending came in the 10th when the ringside doctor called to the referee to stop the fight. Santana, rarely in serious trouble, took a pummelling throughout the fight and while he may well have heard the final bell, he was only going to take more punishment on the way to it.
Peterson found his range early, but enjoyed working on the inside for most of the contest, pounding the body with bad intentions. The body shots wore Santana down, who reverted to a shell more and more, Peterson picking his shots and picking Santana apart.
Uppercuts were also a key factor for Peterson inside as he now looks for a unification clash with Danny Garcia who headlined the show in Brooklyn.
In a 142lb catchweight 10 rounder, Danny Garcia 29-0(17) did exactly what was expected, destroying overmatched Rod Salka 19-4(3) in 2 rounds.
Salka, notably a Lightweight, hit the canvas 3 times in the 2nd round, the final punch a devastating left hook, Garcia’s trademark punch. Prior to that Salka had pounded his chest having already eaten several flush punches, never the smartest idea against a man who has just rocked you to your boots.
Garcia did what he had to do, but the mismatch won’t have earned him any credit, a date with Lamont Peterson at the end of the year should determine him as the best Light Welterweight on the planet – should he be victorious – leading to a move up to Welterweight.
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