Middleweight prospect Danny Jacobs, of Brooklyn, who returned to boxing after overcoming paralysis caused by a large, malignant tumor on his spine, has been declared “cancer free” after a recent examination by one of the doctors who helped to save his life.
After being diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, Jacobs, 26, nicknamed “The Golden Child” and “Miracle Man,” survived a nine-hour surgery to remove the tumor wrapped around his spine, chemotherapy and painful physical therapy.
Jacobs (24-1, 21 KOs) has scored four straight stoppages since falling by fifth-round knockout to Dmitry Pirog in July of 2010. A first-round stoppage over Josh Luteran last October was his first bout since returning from the cancer.
Jacobs is slated to return to the ring on this Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn against Keenan Collins (15-7-3, 10 KOs) on the undercard of a Showtime-televised main event featuring RING junior welterweight champ Danny Garcia against ex-beltholder Zab Judah.
“I’ve pushed myself harder this training camp than I have for any other fight since making my comeback,” said Jacobs. “Now, with this behind me, I can get ready for April 27 with no problem whatsoever.”
On April 11, Jacobs was the recepient of the Bill Crawford Award for Courage Overcoming Adversity at the Boxing Writers Association of America dinner in New York, which the fighter attended with his son, Nathaniel, 4, Godmother Dorothea Perry, and girlfriend Natalie Stevenson, Nathaniel’s mother.
Jacobs faced Pirog with a heavy heart, having endured the cancer-related death of his grandmother, Cordelia Jacobs, the previous weekend. Immediately after losing to Pirog, Jacobs had to fly back to New York to attend her funeral.
In December, Jacobs won his second fight since returning from his ring absence by scoring a Showtime-televised knockout over Chris “The Irish Ghost” Fitzpatrick who retired on his stool prior to the sixth round.
Jacobs has launched a philanthropic foundation called, “Get In The Ring,” focusing on cancer support, obesity and bullying.
The three causes are close to Jacobs’ heart, and the boxer plans to raise funds and awareness for each of them as well as using his own life experiences to connect with and uplift others.
Photo courtesy of Danny Jacobs
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