Boxing: Jacobs obliged to scrap for title

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GARY JACOBS had visions of a quick finish but had to settle for a unanimous points verdict over the Zaire-born Frenchman, Tek N'Kalankete, in the second defence of his European welterweight title at the Palais de Sports in Paris last night.

In a relentless opening onslaught, Jacobs floored Nkalankete, who has never been stopped, inside 30 seconds. A left and a right uppercut knocked him over, but he was up at seven. He took a battering around the body for four rounds, but his courage and instinct kept him going to the end through some scrappy exchanges.