A star was born on Saturday night in Las Vegas on the undercard of Marquez Diaz rematch at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Former amateur stand out, thirty year old Russian middleweight, unbeaten Dmitry Pirog (17-0,14KO’S) scored a brutal one punch knock out over Daniel “ Golden Child” Jacobs in the fifth stanza of their WBO championship bout.
Translated from the Russian language Pirog means a fluffy pie, but if you ask his opponent there is nothing soft or fluffy about the newly crowned WBO middleweight champion. As a matter of fact the right hand that ended the night and championship aspirations for Daniel Jacobs sounded like a jack hammer around the arena. Referee Robert Byrd took one look at a listless Jacobs lying on the canvass and halted the contest at fifty seven seconds of the fifth stanza. The crowd was in shock from a brutal knock out, but Dmitry Pirog knew it was coming.
“After the second round I knew I had him. I hurt him in that round and I knew I could do it again. I hit him with a straight right hand and I could tell I hurt him,” said Pirog who made an easy conversion into professional ranks: “Danny was a dangerous fighter. He punches very quickly and sharply. I didn’t feel much from him.”
Preparing for the fight Golden Boy rising prospect Jacobs knew he was going to face pressure, so he decided to try to back up his opponent early; he threw the first punch of the fight which was a lead right hand designed to discourage the aggressive Russian. Even though it landed flush it did very little to deter Pirog from coming forward and putting the pressure on. It paid off in the second stanza when Dmitry trapped his adversary against the ropes and landed several hard shots that had Jacobs in serious difficulty. Jacobs needed to earn the respect of his opponent, so he planted his feet at times and fought back; throwing and landing flashy combinations that caught the eyes of the judges, who all scored rounds three and four for Jacobs. But that proved to be a costly mistake as he promptly got knocked out in the fifth.
It was such a brutal knock out that many in the arena, myself included, were relieved when Danny Jacobs got up and was able to do an interview with HBO’s Max Kellerman. Strangely Max did not find it necessary to interview the newly crown champion, but I do have a feeling that Pirog will be featured on HBO in the very near future.
Class act Danny Jacobs came to his opponent’s dressing room after the fight congratulating him with victory and thanking him for the opportunity.
“I thought he was going to run,” said Pirog at the post fight press conference:” But he came to fight and made it good for the fans. Everything I do in the ring is for the fans.” Pirog’s American promoter Art Pelullo promised to bring him back to fight in United States very soon. Here is an idea; how about Kelly Pavlik versus Dmitry Pirog? Stay tuned.