Daniel “Danny” Jacobs (born February 3, 1987) is an American professional boxer who held the WBA (Regular) middleweight title from 2014 to 2017. Nicknamed the “Miracle Man,” Jacobs’ career was almost cut short in 2011 due to osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. He went on to make a full recovery after spending 19 months out of the sport.
Jacobs was born and raised in the Brooklyn residential neighborhood of Brownsville. He was raised by his mother, Yvette Jacobs, his grandmother, Cordelia Jacobs, and his aunts. Jacobs graduated from Erasmus High School.
As an amateur boxer, Jacobs recorded 137 wins and 7 losses. In 2003, Jacobs won the Junior Olympics national championship. In 2004, Jacobs won the United States national champion in the 19-and-under division, a PAL national championship, and a National Golden Gloves welterweight championship. In 2005, he won his second PAL national championship and also won the National Golden Gloves middleweight championship. In 2006, Jacobs won the United States Amateur middleweight championship. During his amateur career, Jacobs won four New York Golden Gloves championships.
Jacobs made his professional boxing debut on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs Ricky Hatton, which took place on December 8, 2007, at the MGB Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. In that fight, he defeated Jose Jesus Hurtado by first round technical knockout in just 29 seconds. Jacobs signed with Golden Boy Promotions and often fought on the undercard of super-fights. He was regarded as a blue-chip prospect.
On April 27, 2009, Jacobs agreed to replace junior middleweight James Kirkland, who was arrested on a gun charge, to fight Mike Walker, who was coming off a victory over two-time world title challenger Antwun Echols. The fight took place on May2, 2009, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and Jacobs won by unanimous decision with scores of 80-72 from two judges and 79-73 from the other. On August 22, 2009, Jacobs defeated Ishe Smith by unanimous decision to win the NABO middleweight title.
Jacobs vs PirogOn July 31, 2010, Jacobs faced undefeated Russian Dmitry Pirog for the vacant WBO middleweight Championship. The belt had last belonged to Sergio Martinez, who was stripped due to not complying with the WBO’s rules. The fight took place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Pirog was a 3-1 underdog going into the fight. Jacobs was up on the cards when he was caught with a massive right hand against the ropes and knocked out in the 5th round, handing him his first career loss. After the fight, Pirog said “After the second round, I knew I was good. I hurt him in the second and I knew I could come back and do it again.”