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Jacobs vs Rosado: Pros react to disappointing fight and performance from Daniel Jacobs

Fellow fighters and even the bout’s promoter were cold on tonight’s Jacobs-Rosado letdown.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

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:

As for the fight itself, there was plenty more out there:

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