Middleweight Daniel Jacobs was impressive in his third-round knockout victory against former title challenger Giovanni Lorenzo on Monday night in New York. It was the kind of win that will launch him to bigger and better things.
Lorenzo (32-6, 24 KOs), an experienced fighter, had never been knocked out before. All of his losses had come by decision to quality opponents: Sebastian Sylvester and Felix Sturm in world titled bouts, Hassan N’Dam in an interim title bout, and Sam Soliman and Raul Marquez in a title eliminators. But Jacobs (26-1, 23 KOs), fighting in his first hometown main event and headlining a national TV card, overcame a cut to put him away with an impressive flurry of hard blows for the biggest win of his career.
Golden Boy chief executive Richard Schaefer was impressed by Jacobs’ performance, as he should have been.
“Stopping a guy who had never been stopped and doing it the way he did, in spectacular fashion was impressive,” Schaefer told ESPN.com. “I have no doubt that Danny Jacobs is back and that he deserves to fight for a world title and I will do what I can to give him that opportunity.”
Jacobs’ story has been well-chronicled: Rising prospect, suffers a knockout loss in a title fight in 2010, diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer after a couple of more fights, nearly dies, out for 19 months and then makes an amazing comeback in October 2012.
The first three fights of Jacobs’ comeback were understandably against soft touches. But Lorenzo is a real guy, so it’s a big win.
“There were people who said when Danny came back that he would never be the same as before he got sick, but he is back and he showed that he belongs in this middleweight division,” Schaefer said. “After everything he went through, he wanted to make a statement against Lorenzo that he was back and I think that’s exactly what he did.”
Having passed the Lorenzo test, the obvious fight for Jacobs is a shot against titleholder “Kid Chocolate” Peter Quillin. That is likely an easy fight to make because Golden Boy promotes both fighters and Al Haymon is the adviser for both fighters.
It is the match Schaefer said he hopes to make, although most likely it won’t be the next bout for either man. Quillin probably will defend his title in late October, and Jacobs figures to get in at least one more fight this year. But come the first part of 2014, it’s a natural match to take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., where Golden Boy has an exclusive deal to put on boxing events.
“This is a fight I will be discussing with Al to see if it’s something which can get done,” Schaefer said. “I’d like to make that fight. Whether it’s the next fight, I don’t know, but Danny showed that he certainly deserves the opportunity. He earned it. Quillin and Jacobs, they are the two best American middleweights so what you have is the two best American middleweights fighting each other. Nothing wrong with that. Both guys from New York, fighting at the Barclays Center? Nothing wrong with that.”
Actually, everything is right about that.