Saturday, October 27 2018

Hulu Theater at MSG , NY

Daniel Jacobs

(35-2-0, 29 KOs) VS.

Sergiy Derevyanchenko

(12-1-0, 10 KOs)

12 Round IBF Middleweight Championship Bout
Available in HD

Daniel "Miracle Man"Jacobs (35-2-0, 29 KOs) claimed the IBF middleweight title after standing victorious over his opponent Sergiy "The Technician" Derevyanchenko (12-1-0, 10 KOs). The bout, which resulted in a split decision (115-112, 115-112, 113-114), took place on Saturday, October 27 at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Jacobs had Derevyanchenko backed onto the ropes in the first round and broke out with a pair of right hand jabs to the body. He landed a right hand hook that forced Derevyanchenko down with his gloves touching the canvas. Round two began with Derevyanchenko making a comeback; he landed a strong left hook, followed by a right hand, which left Jacobs staggering halfway through the round. Jacobs slid through the third barely dodging the jabs from Derevyanchenko.

By the fourth, Derevyanchenko took no prisoners and had flying jabs coming full force at Jacobs. But Jacobs replied with a right hand power shot causing Derevyanchenko's legs to wobble. Derevyanchenko regained momentum through the fifth and by the sixth they both developed a dance in which Derevyanchenko would press and Jacobs would slip in and out, blocking each blow that was thrown. Throughout the seventh and eighth the dance continued as they both threw and received harsh blows.

Entering the ninth, Jacobs kept range between himself and his opponent, but by the tenth Derevyanchenko came harder and landed a combination of left-right jabs. Jacobs made a comeback in the eleventh and blasted Derevyanchenko with an intense right hand blow. In the twelfth, both fighters were ramped in their battle for a win, but by the time the bell rang two out of three judges were in favor of Jacobs.

The stats from the fight help back up narrow victory as Jacobs landed 181 of 578, 31% of his totals punches, and Derevyanchenko landed 160 of 658, 24% of his total.

"He's a strong competitor," said Jacobs. But I showed true grit."

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