On Friday night at the Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Arizona former two time middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs made his official super middleweight debut against former middleweight title holder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr on DAZN. In the co-feature Julio Cesar Martinez took on former WBC flyweight title holder Cristofer Rosales for the vacant WBC flyweight title.
When the main event was announced to the public reactions were almost unanimous “Why does Chavez Jr keep getting these big fights?” that of course has to do with his repeated unprofessional conduct. In recent years Chavez jr has failed post-fight drug test, quit on his stool with questionable injuries and missed weight. This contest would be no different, Chavez missed the official super middleweight limit of 168 lbs by stepping on scales weighing 172.7 lbs but to avoid this fight being cancelled team Jacobs accepted a million dollars in fines for the bout to continue.
The fine and Chavez jr missing weight was only the start of what would get worse, Chavez jr gave a poor effort from opening bell and after having his best moments of the fight quit on his stool at the end of round five. This angered fans in attendance that for the majority came to support Chavez, fans battered the ring with beer cups, food and whatever else was in hand.
Even before the official announcement Chavez Jr and Senior exited the arena fast as possible without attempts at an explanation on what took place or why exactly Chavez Jr quit.
It was a decent performance for Jacobs up until the fights ending, he looked fast and sharp with his punches. In his post-fight interview Jacobs stated this weight felt great for him because there was no struggle to make the 160 lb limit.
With the win Danny Jacobs improved to 36-3 (30), Chavez jr now stands at 51-4-1 (33). We can only hope promoters stop giving Chavez Jr these opportunities to make millions of dollars while giving a dollar’s worth of effort in return, it’s not only a bad look for boxing but unfair to fans.
We should expect Danny Jacobs to be in a high profile bout against either unified Super Middleweight champion Callum Smith or WBO belt holder Billy Joe Saunders in 2020.
The nights co-feature between former world champion Cristofer Rosales and Julio Cesar Martinez delivered everything fans had hoped to see in the main event. This was a high paced contest fought at an elite level, early on it was Rosales landed the harder more accurate punches even cutting Martinez near his right eye. As the contest wore on Martinez volume and inside fighting turned the tide in his favor, slowly as rounds passed he broke down the taller Rosales pinning him on the ropes several times.
When round nine started Martinez attacked with relentless controlled aggression, there was little if anything in return from Rosales which forced referee Raul Caiz Jr to halt the contest at one minute and nineteen seconds of round nine.
With the win Julio Cesar Martinez now a world champion improved to 15-1 (12) while Rosales now stands at 29-5 (20).
In a move up from super lightweight to welterweight, former WBO 140 lb title holder Maurice Hooker took on Mexican slugger Uriel Perez. This was the first time in a ring for Hooker since losing his WBO title to unified 140 lb champion Jose Ramirez last July, it was a short visit as Hooker stopped Perez at 2:52 of round number one.
With the win Maurice Hooker improved to 27-1-3 (18) while Perez drops to 19-5 (17), in his post-fight interview Hooker stated he has every intention on staying at super lightweight and campaign to win his title back.
In Undercard action
Middleweight- Liam Smith 29-2-1(16) def. Roberto Garcia 42-5(25) via UD 10
Super Middleweight- Gabriel Rosado 24-12-1(14) Humberto Gutierrez Ochoa 33-8-2(22)
Welterweight- Daniyar Yeleussinov 9-0(5) def. Alan Sanchez 20-5-1(10) via TKO 5
Welterweight- Josh Kelly 10-0-1(6) def. Wiston Campos 31-7-6(19) via UD 10
Welterweight- Reshat Mati 6-0(4) def. Rakim Johnson 6-7-1(5) via KO 1
Featherweight- Raymond Ford 5-0 (2) def. Francisco Muro 3-6 via KO 1