Danny Jacobs Ring Return Possible For Next Summer

By Mitch Abramson
Danny Jacobs, the talented middleweight who suffered a setback when he was stopped in his title fight last year, received another setback when he was diagnosed with a tumorous growth on his spine, according to his trainer, Andre Rozier. After having what Rozier described as life-saving surgery to remove the growth earlier this year, Jacobs is back in the gym working out and may even start sparring in January, according to Jacob’s advisor, Keith Connolly, who reports that Jacobs could be back in the ring next summer. If that happens, it will be a dramatic return for one of the more charismatic and intriguing fighters of the sport.

Jacobs, nicknamed the “Golden Child,” was 20-0 with 17 knockouts when he challenged Dmitry Pirog in July of 2010 for the vacant WBO middleweight title. Things didn't go as planned, both inside and outside the ring. His beloved grandmother, Cordelia Jacobs, died after a brief battle with cancer just as Jacobs was leaving camp in the Poconos to trek to Las Vegas for the title fight.

Though he didn’t use it as an excuse, Jacobs didn’t look like himself in the fight, fighting mostly backward with little offensive attack, and he was stopped in the fifth round after absorbing a devastating right hand. Though Jacobs went down hard, he tried to get up, only to be kept down on the canvas by the referee Robert Byrd in a stoppage that seemed a tad premature. Jacobs came back to win two more bouts, fighting as recently as March of this year before he was treated for the growth, which Rozier said was not cancerous. Now, he is working to return to the ring.

"He's not at full strength but he's getting there," Connolly said. "Danny wants to start sparring in January, so we'll see how he feels at that point."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by bulldognyc on 11-11-2011

this kid can fight. good skiil good hand speed good foot speed good power. he even has a good chin, but pirog punches well (got to give props where props is due). i'd love to see him climb the rankings…

Comment by NECK SNAPPER on 11-11-2011

Danny jacobs is going to be a world class fighter. My guess is he learned alot in that loss and you will see a much improved boxer this time around.thank god everything with the surgery went well

Comment by McFearless on 11-11-2011

the article is a bit nut huggerish... premature stoppage? he looked like he was out.

Comment by Ringlife on 11-11-2011

I think this guy can bounce back make Jacobs vs Pirog 2 on an undercard of a big fight.

Comment by Tobi.G on 11-11-2011

[QUOTE=millcitymauler;11402112]Dude needs to turn up his inner intensity and gain some disdain for his opponents. He has good skills, but just doesn't seem to have that nasty streak that you need at the top level. Dawson showed you can change…

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