Boxing dealt Philadelphia warrior Gabriel Rosado [pictured] a cruel blow last night in Southern Florida. After coming into Friday's main event as a big underdog to former middleweight title holder Danny Jacobs, Rosado seemed to do enough to earn a career-defining win, or at least a draw. He fought Jacobs on even terms over twelve rounds, so much so that Jacobs' trainer actually asked between rounds if Jacobs had bet money on the fight. Rosado was absolutely justified in believing he won, and for a second, his feelings were confirmed when DAZN ring announcer Jeremiah Gallegos read the verdict as a split decision in favor of the winner "from Philadelphia." As Rosado began his celebration, Gallegos quicky corrected himself and said the winner was "from Brooklyn," namely Jacobs. It was a thoroughly dissatisfying performance from Jacobs, who is considered far more skilled than Rosado, but barely showed up for the fight. According toCompubox, both men landed 78 punches over the twelve rounds, but Jacobs threw just 339 punches (not even thorty a round!) compared to 549 for Rosado. The judges all scored it 115-133, one of them goiung for Rosado but the other two for Jacobs.
Rosado was understandably annoyed afterwards, tweeting, "Thank you for the love y’all [boxing fans]. Jacobs knows he got an L tonight. King Gabriel Rosado all day!!! I'm disappointed in [DAZN announcers] Chris Mannix and Todd Grisham for not giving me credit for outboxing Jacobs. You guys called a horrible fight. I had a game plan and was fighting a disciplined fight. You guys don’t know a boxing lesson when you see one. Thank you Sergio Mora [the third DAZN announcer] for calling it right. I schooled that man tonight."
Mora tweeted his support: "Gabe Rosado won more in losing than Jacobs did in winning. Unlike what Jacobs said, tonight they were on the same level."
Promoter Eddie Hearn tweeted that, "The MC [Gallegos'] mistake was the highlight of that fight..I felt neither deserved to win!"