BROOKLYN — Middleweight prospect Danny Jacobs floored Brooklyn neighborhood rival Keenan Collins twice in the fourth and final round before referee Shada Murdaugh stepped in and stopped Saturday night’s bout at the 2:06 mark for the technical knockout at Barclays Center.
The victory for Jacobs (25-1, 22 knockouts) represented his fifth straight stoppage since falling by fifth-round knockout to Dmitry Pirog in July of 2010. Collins is 15-8-3, with 10 knockouts.
Jacobs-Collins was part of the 10-bout card featureing junior middleweight champion Danny Garcia against challenger Zab Judah as well as a co-featured title bout beween middleweights Peter Quillin and Fernando Guerrero.
“I was in better shape than he was. I wanted to test him,” said Jacobs. “We’re working on a combination called ‘The Rumble.’ When I heard my corner yell out ‘Rumble,’ I just started throwing punches and didn’t stop.”
Nicknamed “The Golden Child” and “Miracle Man,” Jacobs, himself has overcome paralysis caused by a large, malignant tumor on his spine, the result of being diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer.
“I’m not just fighting for myself. I’m fighting for victims. I’m fighting for cancer,” said Jacobs, 26. “This is a gentleman’s sport. We’re dogs in the ring, but we’re men outside of it, and being a philanthropist means so much to me to have others join in my fight.”
Jacobs’ cause is one of three charities being benefitted by the Garcia-Judah card, including The One Fund Boston, which raises money for families affected by the tragic events that took place during the Boston Marathon on April 15.
The One Fund Boston will receive one dollar for every punch thrown by all four fighters during the Showtime-televisied Garcia-Judah and Quillin-Guerrero bouts.
In an effort to raise awareness of The One Fund Boston, one of the neutral corner pads used during Saturday night’s event will bear the organization’s url (onefundboston.org) along with a Boston Strong logo. Donations can be made by visiting www.onefundboston.org.
Photo by Naoki Fukuda
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