Friday night’s fight between Daniel Jacobs and Gabriel Rosado was expected by a lot of people to wind up a mismatch, but not many people thought it would be an absolute stinker.
It was, with Jacobs narrowly winning a split decision over the veteran in a fight that lacked action all-around, and most of the blame for that is going toward Jacobs (37-3, 30 KO), who had a performance that seemed to scream “indifference.”
And it wasn’t just fans getting on the 33-year-old Jacobs for a poor showing, either. Fellow pros and those directly in the fight game also were confused at best by what they were seeing from the former two-time middleweight titlist, who came into the fight a -2500 betting favorite and by the 11th round was down to -189 on the live odds.
The fight was also notable for ring announcer Jeremiah Gallegos’ mistake on announcing the winner, first saying “from Philadelphia,” indicating Rosado (25-13-1, 14 KO) had pulled the upset, then quickly turning it around.
Promoter Eddie Hearn, whose Matchroom Boxing put on the fight, had a pretty cold take on the whole ordeal tying to Gallegos’ slip:
The MC mistake was the highlight of that fight..I felt neither deserved to win! #Jacobsrosado— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) November 28, 2020
Wait “from Philadelphia-Brooklyn, New York.” FIRED! pic.twitter.com/byU3dJA5Hn— Jamel Herring (@JamelHerring) November 28, 2020
As for the fight itself, there was plenty more out there:
Hell jacobs doing— Errol Spence (@ErrolSpenceJr) November 28, 2020
All that shit talking for this?— Joseph Diaz (@JosephDiazJr) November 28, 2020
Commentators going at each other all fight was more exciting.. but low key I had ROSADO WINNING .— ABNER MARES (@abnermares) November 28, 2020
Danny Jacobs coach is terrible no need to go back to Andre ASAP— Lamont Roach Jr (@OneOf1x) November 28, 2020
Never thought I’d see Rosado in a boring fight. #jacobsrosado— Mykal(Michael) Fox (@ProfessorMyke) November 28, 2020
I just don’t see the hunger...... and that’s saddens me. One guy is like I’ll box to get the win and the other guy is just chillin. Like .... idk. I’d do anything for a damn fight and I don’t make half of what either of my buddies are getting paid tonight. I start the party— ClaressaT-rexShields (@Claressashields) November 28, 2020
I’m gonna wait for this decision. But from watching I’d say @KingGabRosado won. He threw more punches and executed his game plan. I thought @DanielJacobsTKO Would be too skilled for Gabe. But..... no. Not tonight @DAZNBoxing— ClaressaT-rexShields (@Claressashields) November 28, 2020