Daniel Jacobs (boxer)

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Daniel Jacobs
Daniel Jacobs 2011.jpg
Jacobs in 2011
Statistics
Nickname(s)
  • The Golden Child[1]
  • Miracle Man
Weight(s)
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Reach 73 in (185 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1987-02-03) February 3, 1987 (age 30)
Brooklyn, New York City,
New York, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 34
Wins 32
Wins by KO 29
Losses 2
Draws 0

Daniel "Danny" Jacobs (born February 3, 1987) is an American professional boxer who held the WBA (Regular) middleweight title from 2014 to 2017. Nicknamed the "Miracle Man," Jacobs' career was almost cut short in 2011 due to osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. He went on to make a full recovery after spending 19 months out of the sport.[2]

Early life[edit]

Jacobs was born and raised in the Brooklyn residential neighborhood of Brownsville. He was raised by his mother, Yvette Jacobs, his grandmother, Cordelia Jacobs, and his aunts. Jacobs graduated from Erasmus High School.[3]

Amateur career[edit]

As an amateur boxer, Jacobs recorded 137 wins and 7 losses. In 2003, Jacobs won the Junior Olympics national championship. In 2004, Jacobs won the United States national champion in the 19–and–under division, a PAL national championship, and a National Golden Gloves welterweight championship. In 2005, he won his second PAL national championship and also won the National Golden Gloves middleweight championship. In 2006, Jacobs won the United States Amateur middleweight championship. During his amateur career, Jacobs won four New York Golden Gloves championships.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Early fights[edit]

Jacobs vs. Michael Walker, 2009

Jacobs made his professional boxing debut on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Ricky Hatton, which took place on December 8, 2007, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. In that fight, he defeated Jose Jesus Hurtado by first round technical knockout in just 29 seconds.[5] In his second professional fight, Jacobs fought Hector Lopez on January 25, 2008, at Cicero Stadium in Cicero, Illinois. Jacobs defeated him with a first round knockout after a left hook to the body sent Lopez down for the count.[6] In his third bout, he faced Alexander Volkov on February 16, 2008. Jacobs won by technical knockout in the second round, knocking Volkov down three times before the bout was called to a halt.[7] On March 22, 2008, at the Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa in Cabazon, California, Jacobs defeated Matt Palmer by first-round technical knockout. Palmer went down twice before the referee stopped the fight.[8]

On April 19, 2008, at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Jacobs fought Leshon Sims. Jacobs knocked Sims down in rounds three and four en route to a fourth-round technical knockout victory.[9] On May 3, 2008, Jacobs fought Jose Pena at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Pena was knocked down after taking a left hand to the body followed immediately by a left hook to the head. He got to his feet, but Jacobs immediately went after him with a right hand to the head, backing him up to his corner, where Jacobs landed a two-punch combination to the head that dropped Pena to the canvas for the second time. After the second knockdown, the fight was stopped due to Pena being too badly hurt to continue fighting.[10] On July 4, 2008, Jacobs defeated Julio Perez by first-round technical knockout at the Dodge Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. Jacobs hurt Perez several times in the first round, sending him from one side of the ring to the other while taking unanswered punches to the head. After landing a four-punch combination that sent Perez to the ropes, the referee moved in and halted the fight.[11]

Jacobs defeated Sergio Rios by knockout in the first round in a bout that took place on July 23, 2008, at the Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa in Cabazon, California. Jacobs used an assortment of punches to the body before landing a right hand that sent Rios down to the canvas. Rios was unable to continue and the bout was halted.[12] In his ninth professional fight, Jacobs defeated Ramon Espinoza with a technical knockout in just 57 seconds at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on September 13, 2008.[13] Fourteen days later, Jacobs fought Emmanuel Gonzalez at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. In the second round, Jacobs put Gonzalez down to the canvas with a three-punch combination. Three rounds later, Jacobs scored another knockdown, but he had to go the full distance for the first time in his professional career. Jacobs won by unanimous decision with scores of 60–52, 59–54, and 59–53 from the judges.[14]

On October 18, 2008, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Jacobs defeated Tyrone Watson by knockout in the first round. With a minute remaining in the opening round, Jacobs knocked Watson down with a right hand. Watson got up, but Jacobs landed a left hook to Watson's ribs for the knockout.[15] Jacobs' next fight took place on November 8, 2008, at Madison Square Garden in New York City against Jimmy Campbell. In the third round, Jacobs knocked Campbell down with a right hand. He made it up badly hurt, and Jacobs threw a flurry of punches which resulted in the referee stopping the fight.[16] Jacobs defeated Victor Lares by second-round technical knockout on December 6, 2008, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. In round two, Jacobs knocked Lares down with a right hand. Lares quickly got up but the referee stopped the fight because Lares was too hurt to continue fighting.[17]

On February 28, 2009, Jacobs defeated Jose Cruz by first-round knockout at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas with a flurry of punches.[18] Two months later, Jacobs fought Jose Varela at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. In the second round, Jacobs knocked out Varela with a right hand that sent him crashing to the canvas and never threatened to beat the ten count.[19] On April 27, 2009, Jacobs agreed to replace junior middleweight James Kirkland, who was arrested on a gun charge, to fight Mike Walker, who was coming off a victory over two-time world title challenger Antwun Echols.[20] The fight took place on May 2, 2009, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and Jacobs won by unanimous decision with scores of 80–72 from two judges and 79–73 from the other.[21] One month later, he defeated George Walton by eight round technical knockout[22] On August 22, 2009, Jacobs defeated Ishe Smith by unanimous decision to win the NABO middleweight title.

WBO middleweight title challenge and first loss[edit]

After 2 more bouts, on July 31, 2010, Jacobs faced undefeated Russian Dmitry Pirog for the vacant WBO Middleweight Championship. Jacobs was up on the cards when he was caught with a massive right hand against the ropes and knocked out in the 5th round. Handing him his first career loss.[23][24]

Return after cancer treatment[edit]

On October 20, 2012, having fully recovered from cancer, Jacobs made a successful return to professional boxing with a first-round knockout victory over Josh Luteran.[25]

ESPN.com reported that the scheduled February 9, 2013 bout between Danny Garcia and Zab Judah at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York was moved to April 27, 2013 because of a rib injury sustained by Garcia. With Danny Jacobs penciled in on the undercard fight for this event, his confrontation against Billy Lyell will now move to April 27 as well.[26][27]

On August 19, 2013, Jacobs captured the WBC Continental Americas middleweight title via third-round knockout of Giovanni Lorenzo during the premiere of Golden Boy Live! on Fox Sports 1.[28][29]

On August 9, 2014, Jacobs won the Vacant WBA (Regular) Middleweight Title with a 5th-round TKO over Jarrod Fletcher at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.[30]

Jacobs vs. Quillin, Golovkin[edit]

On December 5, 2015 Jacobs scored his biggest win against Peter Quillin by TKO in the first round. Jacobs landed a lead right hand that caught Quillin flush on the temple and heavily rocked him, Jacobs then attempted to finish the fight landing non stop hard combinations the whole round. Jacobs landed another big punch that saw Quillin staggering over to the ropes, the referee saw that Quillin's eyes were highly disorientated and waved the fight off with no complaint from Quillin. Many including Floyd Mayweather felt that the fight was halted too early.

On March 18, 2017, Jacobs faced WBC/WBA "super"/IBF/IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin at Madison Square Garden in the biggest fight of his career. The fight went the full 12 rounds, with Jacobs boxing and moving to some success. Jacobs was knocked down in the 4th round but recovered. However, Golovkin's constant pressure and effective jab led to a 115–112, 115–112, 114–113 unanimous decision victory for the 34-year-old Golovkin.

Personal life[edit]

In May 2011, Jacobs was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a life-threatening form of bone cancer.[31] After receiving successful treatment at NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital he returned to the ring.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
34 fights 32 wins 2 losses
By knockout 29 1
By decision 3 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
35 N/A N/A TBA N/A – (12) Nov 4, 2017 United States Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S.
34 Loss 32–2 Kazakhstan Gennady Golovkin UD 12 Mar 18, 2017 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Lost WBA (Regular) middleweight title;
For WBA (Super), WBC, and IBO middleweight titles
33 Win 32–1 United States Sergio Mora TKO 7 (12), 2:08 Sep 9, 2016 United States Santander Arena, Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S. Retained WBA (Regular) middleweight title
32 Win 31–1 United States Peter Quillin TKO 1 (12), 1:25 Dec 5, 2015 United States Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained WBA (Regular) middleweight title
31 Win 30–1 United States Sergio Mora TKO 2 (12), 2:55 Aug 1, 2015 United States Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained WBA (Regular) middleweight title
30 Win 29–1 United States Caleb Truax TKO 12 (12), 2:12 Apr 24, 2015 United States UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Retained WBA (Regular) middleweight title
29 Win 28–1 Australia Jarrod Fletcher TKO 5 (12), 2:58 Aug 9, 2014 United States Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S. Won vacant WBA (Regular) middleweight title
28 Win 27–1 Colombia Milton Nuñez TKO 1 (10), 2:25 Mar 15, 2014 Puerto Rico Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez, Bayamón, Puerto Rico
27 Win 26–1 Dominican Republic Giovanni Lorenzo TKO 3 (10), 2:05 Aug 19, 2013 United States Best Buy Theater, New York City, New York, U.S. Won vacant WBC Continental Americas middleweight title
26 Win 25–1 United States Keenan Colins TKO 4 (8), 2:06 Jun 22, 2013 United States Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S.
25 Win 24–1 United States Chris Fitzpatrick RTD 5 (8), 3:00 Dec 1, 2012 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
24 Win 23–1 United States Josh Lutheran TKO 1 (8), 1:13 Oct 20, 2012 United States Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S.
23 Win 22–1 United States Robert Kliewer KO 1 (10), 1:44 Mar 5, 2011 United States Honda Center, Anaheim, California, U.S.
22 Win 21–1 United States Jesse Orta TKO 5 (8), 3:00 Dec 18, 2010 Canada Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
21 Loss 20–1 Russia Dmitry Pirog KO 5 (12), 0:57 Jul 31, 2010 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. For vacant WBO middleweight title
20 Win 20–0 United States Juan Astorga TKO 2 (10), 0:51 May 15, 2010 United States The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained WBO–NABO middleweight title;
Won vacant NABF middleweight title
19 Win 19–0 Colombia Jose Rodriguez Berrio RTD 1 (8), 3:00 Mar 27, 2010 United States Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
18 Win 18–0 United States Ishe Smith UD 10 Aug 22, 2009 United States Toyota Center, Houston, Texas, U.S. Won vacant WBONABO middleweight title
17 Win 17–0 United States George Walton TKO 8 (10), 1:59 Jun 26, 2009 United States Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
16 Win 16–0 United States Michael Walker UD 8 May 2, 2009 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
15 Win 15–0 Nicaragua Jose Varela KO 2 (8), 1:29 Apr 24, 2009 United States UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
14 Win 14–0 Mexico Jose Luis Cruz KO 1 (6), 2:59 Feb 28, 2009 United States Toyota Center, Houston, Texas, U.S.
13 Win 13–0 United States Victor Lares TKO 2 (8), 2:44 Dec 6, 2008 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
12 Win 12–0 United Kingdom Jimmy Campbell TKO 3 (6), 2:59 Nov 8, 2008 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 United States Tyrone Watson KO 1 (6), 2:29 Oct 18, 2008 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 Puerto Rico Emmanuel Gonzalez UD 6 Sep 27, 2008 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 Mexico Ramon Espinoza TKO 1 (6), 0:57 Sep 13, 2008 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 Mexico Sergio Rios KO 1 (6), 2:46 Jul 23, 2008 United States Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 Mexico Julio Perez TKO 1 (6), 1:49 Jul 4, 2008 United States Dodge Arena, Hidalgo, Texas, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 United States Jose Pena TKO 1 (4), 0:53 May 3, 2008 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 United States Leshon Sims TKO 4 (4), 2:31 Apr 19, 2008 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 United States Matt Palmer TKO 1 (4), 2:43 Mar 22, 2008 United States Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 United States Alexander Volkov TKO 2 (4), 2:57 Feb 16, 2008 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 Puerto Rico Hector Lopez KO 1 (4), 1:05 Jan 25, 2008 United States Cicero Stadium, Cicero, Illinois, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 Mexico Jose Jesus Hurtado TKO 1 (4), 0:29 Dec 8, 2007 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Professional debut

References[edit]

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