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August 23, 2013

By Socrates Palmer Jr.

Danny Jacobs KO3 Giovanni Lorenzo... On Monday, August 19th in front of a sold-out home crowd at the Best Buy theater in the heart of New York Cityís Time Square, Danny Jacobs' storybook comeback continued. A devastating third-round knockout over the usually iron chinned contender Giovanni Lorenzo is the latest chapter in the 26 year oldís saga. Jacobs battle with cancer has been well chronicled through countless of national media outlets in the past year. However as he resumed his boxing career many questions lingered on whether or not Jacobís would actually be a viable title contender again. Now after a sensational performance on Monday night, the only speculation remaining is how soon will Jacobs challenge for another world title. With his record now at 25-1 with 21 knockouts Jacobs is a legitimate threat to unseat any of the strap bearers at 160 pounds.

Aside from his sensational win Jacobs may prove to be the biggest draw in New York. He could carry a torch that is not often bestowed upon or earned for African-American fighters. A sold out crowd chanting and cheering for a native son. Tables bearing T-shirts and wristbands promoting his charitable endeavors are proof that the man nicknamed The Golden Child, has crossover charisma.

"I know a lot of people are looking up to me because Iím a cancer survivor. I want to be inspirational to people.  I want people to know that if you work hard, you can fulfill your dreams," stated Jacobs.

The memory of Jacobs overcoming his own devastating knockout loss at the hands of then-WBO titlist Dimitry Pirog in 2010 are a distant memory and the sky is the limit for Brooklynís pugilistic prodigy. The time appears to be just right for Jacobs, the middleweight division is going through many changes. World champion Sergio Martinezís Hall of Fame career is being halted by injuries and will be on the shelf for the remainder of the year and most of 2014. WBO champ, Peter Quillin is a power punching stud who at times in the ring appears to be one dimensional. However that one dimension is good enough to handle most, except for his WBA counterpart.The IBF has seen a virtual revolving door of champions, in about a year span the latest is the good but not great Darren Barker. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. who is the biggest money draw in the weight class seems to have eaten and smoked his way to 168 pounds, and probably has put middleweight in the rear view mirror. Then there is WBA champion Gennady Golovkin. Perhaps the world's top 160-pounder, "GGG" is not short in praise from boxing pundits but is lacking however in actual notable wins as a professional. A looming match up with the extremely overhyped Curtis Stevens is expected to take place. Stevens has earned a possible title shot fighting cast members from the popular cable show the Walking Dead. GGG is likely to add knockout number 25 and barely break a sweat. Jacobs with his skill and appeal could co-star in what would be the biggest money fight in the division.

In the aftermath of this crossover battle, Lorenzo now faces the preverbal fork in the road that many pugilist are forced to reckon with if he so chooses to continue in his chosen career path. A game effort was rewarded with another loss on his resume which now reads at 32-6. His handlers must contemplate an easier way for Lorenzo to to make a living. However a soon-to-be 33 year-old with a limited education from an impoverished background has very limited vocational options. Remember, Jacobs is prime example that youíre only as good as your last fight.

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