Dmitry Pirog vs Daniel Jacobs – Highlights (Pirog KNOCKS OUT Jacobs)

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July 31st, 2010. Undefeated fighters Dmitry Pirog (Дмитрий Юрьевич Пирог) aka “The Grandmaster” takes on “Miracle Man” Daniel Jacobs in a fight for the vacant WBO World Middleweight Championship. This was the first world title opportunity for both fighters.

Prefight records; Pirog 16(13)-0, Jacobs 20(17)-0.

Entering the bout, Pirog had a notable victory over Kofi Jantuah while Jacobs had a commendable win over Ishe Smith.

For the first 12 minutes, Pirog tried to cut off the ring while Jacobs went on his backfoot using a good jab and counter attacks. Both fighters had their moments, but Jacobs was a little more effective.

In the second round, Pirog nearly scored a knockdown as he connected with a 1-2 on the ropes that made Jacobs squat down but the ropes held him up.

Behind 39-37 on all 3 scorecards, Pirog landed a thunderous right hand on the ropes in the first minute of the 5th stanza. Jacobs went down flat on his back with his arms wide open in the shape of a crucifix and appeared to be out cold, which prompted referee Robert Down to call off the fight without finishing the count.

Dmitry Pirog became the new WBO World Middleweight Champion via a spectacular 1 punch KO.

Jacobs protested the stoppage just after Byrd waved it off as he believed he could have continued but remained lying on the canvas. This was his first career setback in 21 fights.

Pirog made 3 successful defenses of the title between March 2011 and May 2012. He was later stripped of his WBO Crown as he opted to take on then undefeated WBA Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin instead of the sanctioning body’s interim champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam.

Unfortunately, Pirog suffered a ruptured disc in training camp which resulted in the cancellation of the fight. He made several attempts to come back but his injury gave him ongoing back problems, which eventually forced him into permanent retirement from the sport at 31 years of age.

The Grandmaster’s final record stood unblemished at 20(15)-0.

He have since embarked in a political career and was voted into the Russian Parliament in 2017.

After losing his first professional fight, Jacobs came back strong; he went 7(7)-0 between December 2010 and August 2014. What’s greater than his comeback from his first defeat was his triumph over osteosarcoma (a form of life threatening bone cancer) which he was diagnosed in May 2011.

In August 2014, Jacobs defeated Jarrod Fletcher via TKO5 to lift the vacant WBA World Middleweight Title.

Between April 2015 and September 2016, he successfully defended his WBA Crown against Caleb Truax, Peter Quillin & Sergio Mora (2x) before losing the title to Gennady Golovkin via a razor slim UD12 in a Unified WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, IBO championship.

Once again, Jacobs rebounded strongly with 2 more wins before earning his third crack at a world title in October 2018 against Sergiy Derevyanchenko for the vacant IBF World Middleweight Title.

After 12 tightly contested rounds, Jacobs became the new IBF World Middleweight Champion in one of the best fights of 2018.

On May 4th 2019, he will be facing Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez where he makes the first defense of his IBF Crown while Canelo’s WBA Super & WBC Middleweight Titles will be on the line in a Middleweight Unification Fight.

Canelo Alvarez vs Daniel Jacobs is one of the most anticipated fights of 2019 and possible candidate for Fight of the Year; where explosive action as well as dazzling display of boxing skills are will be displayed by 2 elite world champions.

Who will triumph in your opinion? Let me know in the comments.

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