Saturday, August 22, 2009

Daniel Jacobs-Ishe Smith Results

By Lee Payton

Check out our live round by round blog coverage of the show, including the Klassen/Guerrero and Malignaggi/Diaz bouts.

Daniel Jacobs and Ishe Smith gave it what they had for 10 rounds, and while there wasn't much in the way of clean punching, the fight was a little better than many fans expected. Jacobs did most of the work, while Smith came forward, finding the mark with the occasional power shot. This was the pattern for about 90% of the fight, until the final round when both men dug their heels in and went for it.

Smith's high guard, quickness and reluctance to let his hands fly seemed to give his opponent trouble throughout. While he was mostly unable to land his big stuff, Jacobs did succeed in throwing many more punches, which was enough to get the unanimous decision.

Smith seemed comfortable giving chase, he just didn't have the offensive tools to be all that dangerous. Still, he may have spoiled some other young fighters tonight. I give the younger man credit for showing a willingness to do what it takes.

With the win Jacobs goes to 18-0 (15), and Smith falls to 21-4 (9).