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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Fresh Talent

He’s got a long way to go and a lot to prove but nobody can deny the fact that Daniel Jacobs is on his way to the top. At the tender age of 23, Jacobs is only 19 fights deep into his professional career. He’s toppled the competition thus far, recording 16 total KOs. But there’s a lot of young, ultra talented fighters like Jacobs in the sport and to gather enough momentum the Brooklyn native must claim victory over many more opponents in a crowded and competitive middleweight division.

But a giant step will be taken on Saturday night as part of an undercard attraction featuring a main event between Amir Khan and Paulie Malignaggi. Before the two aforementioned fighters take center stage, Daniel Jacobs will get to finally display his goods at historic Madison Square Garden.

A quick background on why this is the highlight of Jacobs’ career to this point; for one Jacobs has been paraded around the country from Chicago to California. He’s only once fought in MSG and before that in Atlantic City. Why such an importance to fight in the Big Apple? Maybe because as a Brooklyn born New Yorker, Jacobs has the opportunity to build up a tremendous fan base in his own home city and state. The question I ask is, why so long to market this pure bred boxer in New York City? The facts speak for themselves: in 19 career fights Jacobs has hit the West Coast 11 times. Not necessarily marketing genius for an East Coast kid.

And so “the Golden Child” (as they call him) will once again square off against a journeyman who’s main profession during the day doesn’t probably include work inside of a boxing gymnasium. That opponent is Juan Astorga whose record of 14-4-1 with nine KOs isn’t the best evidence of an accomplished boxer at 31 years old.

Daniel Jacobs has plenty to prove if he wants to become a well known name in the sport. He’s far from that distinguished plateau but surely on his way. Just remember the name. Jacobs comes packed with a super right-hand and loves the left hook to the body. He said in interviews before his favorite shot is to the body.

This kid is special and it’s not because he shares my last name or is from the same neighborhood as my pops. It’s his God given talent, his respectful demeanor and the excitement he brings to an already action packed middleweight division that I've taken a fancy to.

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