Daniel Jacobs used to call himself the “Golden Child,” a nod to his potential as a young fighter whose future sparkled like something you’d find encased in glass at Zales. But then, due to circumstances in and out of the ring, that luster faded and the glimmer dimmed. And so for Jacobs, it was all about finding that shine once more. In 2015, he not only shined, he was electrifying.
Daniel Jacobs is talking about reading his opponent’s face like a book, with blood and swelling in place of words. It told him that this particular story was over.
It was a long, slow burning fuse that eventually led to a 12th-round detonation.
Anthony Dirrell and Danny Jacobs aren’t bonded by blood, but they call themselves brothers just the same. They were brought together by something that threatened to tear each of them apart.
World champions Anthony Dirrell and Daniel Jacobs made weight in advance of their Friday night title defenses, as did their opponents, but not without incident.
Playing the bad guy: Daniel Jacobs relishing the chance to fight Caleb Truax before an unfriendly crowd
What Daniel Jacobs needs right about now is a dog to kick and a long, spindly mustache to twist while laughing deviously at nothing in particular.
In the grand pantheon of really rare things, Daniel Jacobs fights that go the distance rank right up there with steak tartare and Kardashian media blackouts.
They’ve bested world champions and top contenders alike, but for both Anthony Dirrell and Daniel Jacobs, their toughest opponent came outside the ring. It was a common foe: cancer.