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Daniel Jacobs

A native of the same Brownsville, Brooklyn neighborhood that produced former heavyweight champions Mike Tyson, Riddick Bowe, and Shannon Briggs, Daniel Jacobs is a middleweight with a heavyweight punch, as well as the speed of a lightweight and the smarts of a veteran way beyond his 23 years.  It’s why boxing insiders have raved about him for years, and now fans around the country are starting to see why ‘The Golden Child’ is one of the sport’s brightest hopes.
Jacobs began boxing at the age of 13, and his impact was soon felt around the amateur boxing world.  Just take a look at these accomplishments: 2003 Junior Olympics national champion, 2004 United States national champion in the 19-and-under division, 2004 National PAL champion, 2004 National Golden Gloves welterweight champion, 2005 National Golden Gloves middleweight champion, 2005 National PAL champion, and 2006 United States Amateur middleweight champion.  And though Jacobs would be upset in the Olympic trials, he was undeterred from his path of excellence, and he chose to enter the pro ranks on December 8, 2007 with a 29 second destruction of Jose Jesus Hurtado.
Unfortunately, Jacobs’ opponents in 2008 didn’t fare much better, with only Alexander Volkov (TKO2), Leshon Sims (TKO4), Emmanuel Gonzalez (W6), Jimmy Campbell (TKO3), and Victor Lares (TKO2) making it out of the first round. Jacobs’ seven other foes were sent packing in a single round, including 26 fight veteran Sergio Rios, a man who has shared the ring with current or former world champions Paul Williams, Vernon Forrest, and Raul Marquez.
2009 got off to an impressive start as well, with Jacobs taking Jose Luis Cruz out in a single round on February 28th. On April 24th, Jacobs made a huge statement in his ESPN2 Friday Night Fights debut as he knocked out veteran contender Jose Varela with a single punch in the second round.
But there was no rest for this talented young man, as he stepped back into the ring just eight days later, on May 2nd, to fight and defeat Michael Walker via an eight round unanimous decision on the Manny Pacquiao vs Ricky Hatton undercard in Las Vegas. It was a gutsy performance from the “Golden Child”, and he followed it up with an ESPN2 headlining fight on June 26th in Arizona, where he impressively stopped veteran George Walton in the eighth round.
On August 22, 2009, Jacobs returned to the ring for his toughest test to date as he battled the former star of ‘The Contender’, Ishe Smith. It was in this fight that Jacobs graduated from prospect to contender as he scored a clear-cut ten round unanimous decision victory over Smith to earn the vacant NABO middleweight title.
In 2010, Jacobs expected even bigger and better things on his way to his first world championship, and he got the year off to a great start on March 27th as he blasted out Jose Berrio in a single round, the 10th first round victory of his career.
On May 15th, Jacobs made his highly anticipated return to New York City with a second round TKO of Texas’ Juan Astorga in a bout that netted him the NABF middleweight belt, and on July 31st, he made his attempt for the big one when he took on Russia’s Dmitry Pirog for the vacant WBO middleweight title.  Unfortunately, still reeling from the death of his grandmother just days before the bout, Jacobs fell short of victory, getting stopped in five rounds by the unbeaten Pirog.
Jacobs bounced back in style less than five months later, halting Jesse Orta in five rounds to finish the year off strong, and in 2011, he expects to challenge once again for a world championship.