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03-19-2017, 01:23 AM #3556
This should have been a historic night of boxing, with upsets of arguably the best pound for pound fighters in the world.
First off, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai defeats Chocolatito Gonzales by a close split decision, surprising everyone by dropping Gonzales in the first round. Tough gritty fight and what a backstory as Srisaket had to eat from garbage cans to survive... now he's the champion.
It should have been another upset... Daniel Jacobs fought a brilliant tactical fight against GGG, getting up from the canvas in round 4, but not losing focus, moving brilliantly, keeping GGG off balance and not allowing him to get in more than one good shot... There were very few combinations from GGG and he was reduced to loading up trying to land the haymaker.
Jacobs through good combinations, while never hurting GGG, did enough for GGG to respect him, while smothering him at times to neutralize GGG's power. His trainer called a great fight, being honest with him about where he was in the fight.... save perhaps the last round where he probably should have urged him to win the round without being reckless.
This may also have been the first time GGG may have shown his age... he'll be 35 shortly, and against these bigger fighters like Jacobs (who technically may not have won the title tonight because he didn't show up at 2nd weigh-in), he didn't show he had the power to hurt them, nor did he show the punch output we are used to seeing, and he did not go to the body to try to slow Jacobs down......I now believe Andre Ward would beat GGG handidly.
If they have a rematch, we may very well see the same outcome. Jacobs KNOWS he can beat him, and he can take GGG's punching power. Even with the knockdown, which was legit, he didn't hurt Jacobs.
As for the scorecards, I can't see how GGG won by 3 rounds on 2 cards 115 - 112.. I know some of those early rounds were close, but I had Jacobs winning 114-113.
Maybe this will expedite the Canelo/Chavez Jr winner fight. GGG looked a bit old and very beatable in this fight, but Canelo and Chavez may be more willing to trade, but again time is running out.
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03-19-2017, 01:41 AM #3557
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115-112 isn't by 3 rounds. It's 7-5 with an extra point for the knockdown. Danny Jacobs fought a very smart fight. I thought the first 3 rounds sucked and didn't score them. The last nine I scored 5-4 for Jacobs and with the knockdown, that made it even. So those first 3 rounds made the difference and since neither did anything and GGG pressed forward, I can see how he got 2 out of those 3 rounds. Time will tell if GGG is aging or if Danny just posed problems with his size, skillset and ability to switch back and forth. Danny subtly did some really good body work which may have slowed GGG down or at the least taken some starch out of his punches. I didn't watch the HBO broadcast so I didn't see compubox until after the fight. It was fairly wide in GGG's favor. If Canelo pusses out of the fight, we'll see a rematch probably before the end of the year. I'm not sure if Danny can do any better. If he opens up any more, he makes himself vulnerable to GGG's arsenal. Time will tell.
I thought the Chocolatito fight was one of the most brutal, yet skilled fights I've ever seen. I also think Chocolatito got fucked. Watching it on a british stream, I thought Choc won 10-2 as did Dan Rafael of ESPN. Admittedly, all the rounds had plenty of back and forth and maybe I credit Choc for closing rounds stronger than the Thai warrior. Again, the compubox numbers were huge in Choc's favor. 150 more landed. 95 more power landed. Over 1000 thrown. Even though I had it wide I admit many rounds were close. I think the Thai warriors backstory may have played a part in the judging. They are only human.
Bummed because I wanted to see him go for 50-0.
Oh well. Great night of boxing. What a start to the year. Long over due.
Andre Ward is just too big for GGG. End of story. GGG could fight at 154 comfortably. He is not a very big man.
Andre Ward needs to fight Kovalev right away or he is a "piece of shit" as the Krusher would say.