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Cancer survivor Danny Jacobs wins ‘greatest victory’ with first-round knockout at Barclays Center

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NEW YORK — Danny Jacobs called it the greatest victory of his life.

After what he’s been through over the past year-and-a-half, it’s easy to understand why.

Jacobs, who has overcome cancer and paralysis caused by a large tumor on his spine, was back in action for the first time in 19 months on the undercard of Saturday’s fight card at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. He needed just 73 seconds to knock out Josh Luteran, closing the show with a devastating left-right combination that left his opponent supine on the canvas.

“Everyone in the world is affected by cancer, whether they have it themselves or whether they know someone with cancer,” Jacobs said. “For me to overcome this, I feel like I give people hope and I take pride in that. When I’m in there, I represent all cancer patients.”

Nicknamed “The Golden Child,” Jacobs hails from Brownsville, the Brooklyn neighborhood that produced world champions Mike Tyson, Riddick Bowe and Shannon Briggs. So the significance of fighting on the undercard of Saturday’s Danny Garcia-Erik Morales fight — which included the first world title bouts in Brooklyn since 1931 — was not lost on him.

“To be able to be a part of this historic event, it doesn’t get any bigger than this,” Jacobs said. “Mike Tyson never had a Brooklyn venue such as this, (nor did) Zab Judah or any of the greats. For me to have this venue, it means the world to me.”

Jacobs turned pro in 2007 after one of the most decorated amateur careers in New York’s storied fistic history, with a 137-7 record and four consecutive Golden Gloves titles. He was a rising star in the middleweight division, with a 22-1 record and 19 knockouts, when he was diagnosed with cancer in May 2011.

“With everything that I’ve been through, this is my dream coming true,” said Jacobs of fighting before a hometown crowd that included the three doctors from New York Presbyterian Hospital who saved his life. “This was a goal for me to open up the Barclays. When I was laying in my house in bed, this is what motivated me, because I knew that this moment was a possibility even when they told me it wasn’t. That’s the hunger that kept me driving and pushing when I was getting better.”

As he adroitly fielded interviews from dozens of print and TV media in the bowels of the Barclays Center, Jacobs said he was looking forward to staying active and fighting for a title in the not-so-distant future.

“I want to fight,” he said. “I want to get back to the top.”

For now, the title of cancer survivor will do.

– Bryan Armen Graham

  • Published On Oct 20, 2012
  • Commission clarifies decision to allow Erik Morales to fight Danny Garcia despite failed drug tests

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    Danny Garcia (left) taunted Erik Morales (right) at Friday’s weigh-ins, calling him a “f–king cheater” due to the Mexican’s failed drug tests. (Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

    NEW YORK — Why is the New York State Athletic Commission allowing Erik Morales to fight for Danny Garcia’s junior welterweight titles Saturday in Brooklyn after Morales failed two of three pre-fight drug tests conducted by the United States Anti-Doping Agency?

    Morales had tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol, which can be used to assist in weight loss, in two random tests conducted by the USADA at the 36-year-old’s training camp in Mexico on Oct. 4 and Oct. 10.

    But instead of prohibiting Morales from fighting in Saturday’s main event at Barclays Center, the NYSAC deferred the decision to Garcia, who holds the WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine titles at 140 pounds. Rather than pass on a career-high $1 million purse, the 26-year-old Garcia decided to go through with the fight after a third test given to Morales on Friday came back negative.

    Morales had blamed contaminated meat for the positive results of the two earlier tests, the same alibi given by cyclist Alberto Contador, who also tested positive for clenbuterol during the 2010 Tour de France. Contador was banned from professional cycling for two years.

    The commission defended its decision to license Morales, a four-division champion who lost on points to Garcia in March, in a statement given just as the first undercard bout of Saturday’s nine-fight card was getting under way.

    “The New York (State) Athletic Commission has taken into consideration the testing of Erik Morales conducted by USADA, an independent non-governmental organization contracted by Golden Boy Promotions to conduct testing on its boxers,” NYSAC spokesperson Edison Alban said. “Based upon currently available information and the representations made by Mr. Morales that he unintentionally ingested contaminated food, it is the commission’s opinion that at this time there is inconclusive data to make a final determination regarding the suspension of Mr. Morales’ boxing license.

    “The commission will continue investigating the allegations and will wait until official laboratory results are available before making a final decision.”

    Alban clarified the statement to, saying that Saturday’s fight is “100 percent happening,” and any punishment stemming from Morales’ pending laboratory results will be issued retroactively. For example, a Morales victory could be altered to a no-contest if the commission’s investigation finds the Mexican’s excuse insufficient.

    That, of course, will only happen after the receipts are counted.

    – Bryan Armen Graham

  • Published On Oct 20, 2012
  • Danny Garcia appears on back page of Friday’s Philadelphia Daily News

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    Junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia, who may or may not defend his WBC, WBA and Ring Magazine titles against Erik Morales on Saturday at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, appeared on the back page of the Philadelphia Daily News on Friday.

    The story, written by veteran Daily News scribe John Smallwood, focuses on the young champion’s relationship with his trainer/father Angel.

    – staff

  • Published On Oct 19, 2012
  • Morales tests positive for banned substance prior to bout with Garcia

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    Erik Morales (right) had been vying for the welterweight title held by Danny Garcia (left). (AP)

    BROOKLYN — The U.S. Anti Doping Agency, which is administering blood and urine testing for Danny Garcia’s junior welterweight title defense against Mexican legend Erik Morales, has found “irregularities” in Erik Morales’s ‘A’ sample, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer told

    Schaefer declined to disclose what substance Morales tested positive for.

    According to Schaefer, USADA informed Golden Boy on Tuesday of the irregularities. On Wednesday, USADA informed both camps and the New York State Athletic Commission of the positive test.

    “USADA has now started the process,” Schaefer told “The process will play out. There is not going to be a rush to judgement. Morales is a legendary fighter. And really, nobody deserves a rush to judgement. You are innocent until proven guilty.”

    Schaefer said as of Thursday night, the fight with Garcia was still on. Garcia-Morales headlines a show at the new $1 billion Barclays Center and is one of four world title fights on the card. In the event Garcia-Morales is canceled, the show — which will be broadcast on Showtime — is still expected to go on.

    – Chris Mannix

  • Published On Oct 18, 2012
  • Mayweather-Ortiz undercard results

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    Jessie Vargas (left) and Josesito Lopez exchange blows during their junior welterweight fight on the Mayweather-Ortiz undercard. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

    WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (38-0-1, 28 KOs) showed an impressive finishing kick against challenger Alfonso Gomez (23-5-2, 12 KOs), roaring to a sixth-round knockout victory after a series of uncharacteristically sluggish rounds. The referee’s stoppage seemed premature, but Gomez was concilatory if resigned. (“It is what it is,” he said.) The last of eight undercard bouts was simulcast from Staples Center in Los Angeles. Here at the MGM Grand, four HD screens descended from the rafters to give ticketholders an excellent view. (Here’s are close and wide views of the setup.)

    Mexican legend Erik Morales (51-7, 35 KOs) stopped Pablo Cesar Cano, Jr. (22-1-1, 17 KOs) for the vacant WBC super lightweight title when referee Kenny Bayless halted the action between the 10th and 11th rounds. Morales, 35, overcame a slow start to find range with his jab — he landed 100 of 292 jabs (34 percent) compared to 82 of 368 for Cano (22 percent) — and later worked a large gash under the 22-year-old’s left eye that bloodied his face badly. With the victory, Morales became the first-ever Mexican fighter to capture titles in four different weight classes, though more than a few questioned the validity of the title — the WBC stripped Timothy Bradley of the belt a mere six months after he won it from Devon Alexander in the first major fight of 2011.

    In the first televised bout, Jessie Vargas (17-0, 9 KOs) of Las Vegas escaped with a controversial split decision over Josesito Lopez (29-4, 17 KOs) of Riverside, Calif., in a 10-round welterweight fight. Lopez applied pressure early and seemed in control even before Vargas, a Floyd Mayweather protege, had a point deducted for a low blow in the sixth. Duane Ford (95-94) and Patricia Morse Jarman (96-93) scored it to Vargas, while Dick Houck had it 95-94 to Lopez. “He was a hell of a fighter and I give him nothing but respect,” said Vargas, who landed 167 of 851 punches compared to 122 of 509 for Lopez. “I think I fell into his game plan a little bit, but my corner straightened that out by the end of the fight.”

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  • Published On Sep 17, 2011
  • Watch: Final Mayweather-Ortiz presser

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    Watch the final press Floyd Mayweather-Victor Ortiz press conference here on Wednesday (3:45 p.m. ET/12:45 p.m. PT). Mayweather, Ortiz, Erik Morales, Pablo Cesar Cano, Jessie Vargas and Josesito Lopez will be together at the Hollywood Theatre at the MGM Grand (with Canelo Alvarez and Alfonso Gomez joining via satellite from Los Angeles) to discuss their respective fights.

  • Published On Sep 14, 2011