Middleweight beltholder Peter Quillin could soon defend his WBO title against promotional stablemate Danny Jacobs.
Jacobs, Velez added to Cotto-Trout card
Once-beaten middleweight Danny Jacobs and undefeated junior lightweight Jayson Velez will each appear on the Dec. 1 Miguel Cotto-Austin Trout card at New York's Madison Square Garden.
Middleweight contender Danny Jacobs, of Brooklyn, and unbeaten Puerto Rican junior lightweight prospect Jayson Velez will appear in separate bouts on the Showtime-televised undercard of the Dec. 1 Miguel Cotto-Austin Trout fight at New York's Madison Square Garden, Golden Boy announced on Friday.
A 25-year-old who has overcome paralysis caused by a large, malignant tumor on his spine, Jacobs (23-1, 20 knockouts) is coming off last month's 73-second knockout of Josh Luteran (13-2, 9 KOs) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Jacobs represented the fourth fight of a nine-bout event -- the first boxing show at Barclays Center -- whose main event featured Erik Morales being knocked out in the fourth round of a rematch with Danny Garcia.
Jacobs will face Chris "The Irish Ghost" Fitzpatrick (15-2, 6 KO's), a 25-year-old Cleveland resident.
A native of Juncos, Puerto Rico, and a sharp puncher with either hand, Velez (19-0, 14 KO's) is a 24-year-old who is attempting to follow in the footsteps of countryman Cotto.
Coming off a sixth-round knockout over Leivi Brea in August, Velez returns to Madison Square Garden for the first time since stopping Jesus Bayron in June of 2009. Velez is promoted by Cotto's company, .
Velez will take on Salvador "Sal II" Sanchez II (30-4-3, 18 KO's), of Tianguistenco, Mexico, a 27-year-old who is the nephew of the late legendary featherweight champion Salvador Sanchez.
Sanchez has won 11 straight fights, including nine by knockout, and has stopped his past two opponents.
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