DUSTIN JACOBY PULLS OFF MIRACLE TOURNAMENT WIN, AFTER ACCEPTING ENTRY ON 48 HOURS NOTICE, IN FIRST-EVER ROAD TO GLORY USA EVENTTwenty-four year-old Dustin Jacoby (center) was awarded a $20,000 grand prize check by GLORY Ambassador Cor Hemmers (left) and retired legend Frank Shamrock (right), as well as a one-year contract with GLORY World Series, after Jacoby pulled off a miracle victory in the inaugural ROAD TO GLORY USA tournament, defeating three straight opponents by (T)KO. Jacoby had accepted a spot in the tournament just 48 hours before the event began, after one of the original tournament entrants withdrew .
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TULSA, Okla. (Feb. 2, 2013) After accepting the opportunity to fight just one day before the event, 24-year-old Dustin Jacoby (9-3) of Arenzville, Illin. rose to the occasion, defeating three consecutive opponents, all by way of (T)KO, in one night to capture the inaugural ROAD TO GLORY USA light heavyweight (209 pounds/95 kilograms) tournament championship at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa on Friday, Feb. 1.
Jacoby was called on to compete just 4! 8 hours in advance of the event and drove to Tulsa from Arenzville, after Manuel Quezada, one of the original eight entrants, suddenly withdrew from the tournament for unknown reasons.
In the tournaments quarterfinal stage, reigning ISKA world champion Randy Boom Boom Blake (25-2, 17 KOs) of Tulsa, a local superstar and favorite to win the tournament, battered the left leg of Jacoby and hammered Jacoby with punching combinations for over two rounds. In the third stanza, though, Jacoby suddenly countered with a flurry that put Blake down and forced the referee to intervene and stop the bout at the 1:43 mark of the final scheduled round.
In the semifinal stage, Jacoby faced off with Roy Wreckin Ball Boughton (9-4, 8 KOs), who had defeated Daniel Sandman Brison (9-3, 6 KOs) by way of unanimous decision to advance past the quarterfinal stage. After eating a right h! and, Jacoby responded with a series of stiff jabs that snapped Boughtons head back.
Jacoby exploded with a knee strike to the head that sent Boughton to the canvas. Boughton beat the referees 10 count, but was put down for the second time with a Jacoby left hook to the body. The tournaments two knockdown rule took effect, giving Jacoby the TKO victory at the 2:47 mark of the second round.
With a considerable amount of momentum behind him, Jacoby came out the aggressor in the tournaments championship round, against previously undefeated Brian Collette (19-1, 16 KOs), who had scored a second round (:14) KO on Jeremy Freitag in the quarterfinal round of the event and a first round (1:29) TKO on Kyle Martin in the semifinal stage of the tournament.
Jacoby began connecting with a series of stiff jabs and a left hook to Collettes body. With ! less than 10 seconds remaining in the opening round of action, Jacoby unloaded a barrage that put Collette on the mat face first, unable to recover. Jacoby was declared the victor of the bout by way of first round (3:00) KO.
COMPLETE ROAD TO GLORY USA LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT RESULTS:
Tournament Reserve Fight:
John King def. Jason Bloom via unanimous decision 29-28, 29-28, 30-27
Roy Boughton def. Daniel Brison via unanimous decision 30-26, 29-27, 29-27
Dustin Jacoby def. Randy Blake via TKO Round 3 (1:43)
Kyle Martin def. Myron Dennis via unanimous decision 28-29, 29-28, 29-28
Brian Collette def. Jeremy Freitag via KO Round 2 (:14)
Dustin Jacoby def. Roy Boughton via TKO Round 1 (2:47)
Brian Collette def. Kyle Martin via TKO Round 1 (1:29)
Dustin Jacoby def. Brian Collette via KO Round 1 (3:00)
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