HBO results: Daniel Jacobs defeats Sergiy Derevyanchenko
On Saturday night, at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden (live on HBO), Brooklyn native Danny Jacobs, 35-2 (29), tangled with Sergly Derevyanchenko, 12-1 (10), also fighting out of Brooklyn, in a battle for the vacant IBF middleweight title. Jacobs started the fight moving in a circle to offset the pressure from Derevyanchenko. As the two fighters settled in, Jacobs backed Derevyanchenko into the ropes and unleashed a right hand that landed on the top of Derevyanchenko’s head, causing a knockdown. After surviving the knockdown at the end of the first, Derevyanchenko gave chase, as Jacobs tried to establish his jab. As Jacobs moved backward, he was caught by a left hook and right hand two-punch combination that wobbled Jacobs for a moment.
Jacobs established his boxing skills in the third and, as a result, the action picked up in the fourth as Derevyanchenko tried to stalk Jacobs and force him into trading bombs. Jacobs stood and fought at the end of the round, landing some clean left hooks. A serious fist fight broke out in the sixth round, with both fighters throwing huge shots that caught each other. Jacobs engaged most of the action, trying to convince Derevyanchenko that his pressure was wearing him down. Rounds seven and eight saw Jacobs return to the role of matador, while Derevyanchenko made small moves to cut the ring off and force pure pressure on Jacobs.
Before the fight moved into the championship rounds, Derevyanchenko had really good rounds nine and 10, as he continued to stalk Jacobs, backing him up and landing the clearer punches. Unlike in the early portion of the fight, Jacobs had some trouble responding with power shots to keep Derevyanchenko off him. Round 11 saw a return to a fist fight, as Jacobs refused to let Derevyanchenko take control down the stretch. Round 12 was one for the books, as both fighters agreed to stand and fight, refusing to back up and willingly exchange bombs. The official scorecrads read 115-112 twice for Jacobs and 114-113 for Derevyanchenko, in favor of the new IBF middleweight champion Danny Jacobs.
Alberto Machado destroys Yuandale Evans in opening round
Junior lightweights Alberto Machado, 21-0 (17), battled Yuandale Evans, 20-2 (14), for Machado’s WBA “regular” 130-pound title. Machado came out loose and started to find his range with his feet and in and out movement. He launched a beautiful, straight left hand that landed on the point of the chin and floored Evans. Clearly still hurt, Evans rose to his feet and tried to throw back and even landed a stiff jab. Machado refused to let up and landed a series of booming power punches that dropped Evans again.
Evans got up again but Machado threw a powerful right hook that landed crisply and ended the fight with Evans asleep on the canvas. After the fight, Machado stated that he is ready for everyone in his division but would like to make a fight with Mexican Francisco Vargas.
Heather Hardy outclasses Shelly Vincent in rematch for vacant WBO featherweight crown
In a 10-round rematch for the vacant WBO female featherweight title, Heather Hardy, 22-0 (4), simply outboxed Shelly Vincent, 23-2 (1). From the opening bell, Hardy and Vincent let their hands go, trading shots. After three rounds, Hardy started to establish control of the fight, using her boxing skills to land the clearer punches, while avoiding counters from Vincent.
Vincent stepped up her attack in the fourth and fifth rounds, as she was able to sneak in some solid left hooks, while making Hardy miss her punches as she moved. Hardy chose to stand and fight with Vincent and regained control of the action in the sixth round. A cut formed over Hardy’s left eye in the seventh, after a clash of heads. In the eighth round, Hardy returned to boxing to control yet another round, doing a good job taking steps back and firing straight shots.
After another good round for Hardy in the ninth, Vincent came out swinging to try and land a big shot in the 10th. Hardy once again played the role of matador in order to take yet another round with her superior boxing skills. 97-93 twice and 99-91 were the three scores in favor of Hardy.
Welterweight fan favorite Reshat Mati, 2-0 (1), from Brooklyn and Juan Carlos Sepulveda, 0-2-1, clashed in a four-round bout. The action started quickly as both fighters exchanged punches. Halfway through the second round, Mati landed crisp shots between the guard of Sepulveda that rendered him dizzy. Mati made a slick defensive move to avoid a power shot and, after circling, Mati landed a sharp lead half-upper cut/left hook that dropped Sepulveda. Both fighters continued to exchange punches till the end of the fourth round and the fight. Scores were 40-35 on all three judges scorecards, in favor of Mati.
Junior middleweight Radzhab Butaev, 10-0 (8), stopped Azael Cosio, 21-8-2 (18), at the conclusion of the third round. After punishing Cosio with power shots to the body and head, Butaev, who sported an afro wig during his ring walk, connected with a combination that clearly had Cosio out on his feet. After stumbling backward and falling to his knees during a clinch that ended the third, the referee stopped the fight, when Cosio took a seat.
Junior middleweight Patrick Day, 16-2-1 (6), dominated Elvin Ayala, 29-12-1 (13), over 10 rounds to earn an easy unanimous decision victory. Day landed lead right upper cuts and body shots at will. Ayala tried to make it a fight in the middle rounds but Day that stayed in control, winning an easy fight to score in his favor. The official scores were 100-90 and 99-91.
David Oliver Joyce, 9-0 (7), took on a tough challenge from Jorge Rojas Zacazontetl, 4-5-1 (2), in a fight that tested the Irish lightweight. Joyce had some trouble early when he was dropped by a sneaky left hook. As the rounds moved forward, Joyce warmed to the task at hand and started landing punishing straight right hands, followed by sharp left hooks. After six rounds, all three judges saw the fight in favor of Joyce, with scores of 58-53 twice and 58-54.
Bakhodir Jalolv, 3-0 (3), won by TKO after the corner of Tyrell Wright, 9-3-2 (6), stopped the fight after the fourth round in their six-round heavyweight bout.
Steven Donnelly, 4-0, defeated Ray Cervera, 0-3, over four rounds in a junior middleweight bout.
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