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, .
Sanchez plans to pay homage to his uncle by wearing the trunks, shoes and robe the Hall of Famer wore in his final fight — a 15th-round knockout of Azumah Nelson at Madison Square Garden in July of 1982.
Sanchez has won 11 straight fights, including nine by knockout, and has stopped his past two opponents.
Photos by Tom Casino, Showtime
Lem Satterfield can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org