Danny Jacobs Shines in Professional TV Debut

By Ryan Songalia

All it took was one left hook to the body, wound up and delivered Sugar Ray Leonard-style, for Danny Jacobs to keep Hector Lopez on the floor for the ten count. Making his television debut as a professional, Jacobs was calm from the opening bell and displayed the class that has a lot of pundits calling Jacobs the future of the middleweight division. The official time was 1:05.

"I felt strong," Jacobs, 2-0 (2 KO), told "It's a lot different from the amateurs because in the amateurs you weigh in and fight the same day so you don't get to rehydrate like you do in the pros. I ate a whole lot of steak and I was stronger. I knew I was in with an opponent I was supposed to take out of there so I went in there and took him out."

Aside from the stylish knockout punch, Jacobs flashed some staredown charisma when he winked at the Telefutura cameras as if to say, "This is my Show." Jacobs said that is just him being himself. "I'm Danny Jacobs. I'm not trying to be anybody else. It's just whatever comes in my mind. I don't want people to think of me as a bad person or as a bad fighter for what I do in the ring. If other fighters do the same thing and get cheered for that, then why can't I do the same thing? I don't do things like that to get a reaction, I just try to entertain and have fun. I try to give as best a show as possible."

Jacobs says that the cameras didn't bother him at all. "I didn't have any jitters, I'm used to fighting on television. I was talking with my manager Al Hayman before the fight and he calmed me down. Coming out to Jay-Z, the music just put me in the zone. I was so pumped up and excited that my family and everybody got to see me as a professional for the first time."

The Brownsville, Brooklyn native was poised to make the 2008 Olympics in Beijing after winning four New York Golden Gloves titles, but upset losses to Demeterius Andrade and Shawn Porter derailed those aspirations. Jacobs turned pro last month on the undercard of Mayweather-Hatton, winning by first round TKO.

Jacobs will be back in action on February 16 in Las Vegas on the undercard of Pavlik-Taylor II. "It feels good to be on such a big card like that. Without [Manager] Al [Hayman] I don't think I'd be in the position I am now. I give him all credit. This particular fight between Jermain Taylor and Kelly Pavlik, I think it's appropriate that I'm on the card because it will show the current middleweight champion and the future middleweight champion, which is Danny Jacobs."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mr. Ryan on 01-26-2008

[QUOTE=Kball15;3080243]Ive been following Danny Jacobs career since BEFORE he was a Proffesional. He fought in the Golden Gloves and i watched him on TV. Very impressive. Its funny, he really is a character. Before the Golden Gloves final that he…

Comment by NAPO on 01-26-2008

[QUOTE=bishop2006;3080142]I like the brother with 6-0 (6KOs) He's more agressive and just looks like he means business,and that KO was devastating,his bro was more cagey[/QUOTE] yeah i agree i actually see the one with 6-0-(6ko) being a champion.

Comment by bishop2006 on 01-26-2008

[QUOTE=SkillspayBills;3080154]When that one brother get dropped was it legit?[/QUOTE] Nah it was a headbutt right on his temple that put him down,it looked like it hurt,shouldent have been a knockdown RAFA KLUG i agree,when i watch him its like watching…

Comment by Kball15 on 01-26-2008

Ive been following Danny Jacobs career since BEFORE he was a Proffesional. He fought in the Golden Gloves and i watched him on TV. Very impressive. Its funny, he really is a character. Before the Golden Gloves final that he…

Comment by SkillspayBills on 01-26-2008

[QUOTE=Asian Sensation;3080163]Danny Jacobs views the forums once in awhile. I was lucky to have gotten through to him after the fight because he was about to go celebrate with his family. Hopefully he stays as grounded as he is and…

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