Daniel Jacobs is a well-known American professional boxer, who was a 2-time world champion in 2018 and 2019. Initially, his nickname was “The Golden Child,” but later, he changed it to “Miracle Man” because he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. After 19 months of taking a break from boxing, Jacobs had fully recovered from his illness.
Jacobs was recently ranked as the Top 8 most active super-middleweight by The Ring boxing magazine and Top 6 by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board. Jacobs is popular because of his punching power, with more than 80% knockout-to-win ratio. He is also known for being an all-around fighter due to his body coordination, hand speed, and agility.
During his amateur career, Jacobs had recorded 137 wins and 7 losses. In 2004-2005, he won the National Golden Gloves welterweight championship twice. In 2005, he fought against Matvey Korobov at the 2005 Boxing World, however, we were caught off-guard in the third round. He continued fighting in 2006, where he won the United States Amateur middleweight championship against Shawn Porter. He also won 4 New York Golden Gloves championships and represented the country in the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Jacobs’ first professional boxing match was when he fought against Jose Jesus Hurtado on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather and Ricky Hatton. After knocking Hurtado in the first round, opportunities came flooding in for Jacobs, as he signed with the Golden Boy Promotions afterward.
In July 2010, Jacobs fought against Dmitry Pirog for the WBO middleweight championship, which he successfully won over. It is noted that this was Pirog’s first professional career loss. Jacobs continued to fight until he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma.
He returned to the ring in October 2012, where he successfully overcame cancer. In February 2013, his first fight was with Keenan Collins, which he knocked out on the 4th round.
Gold Medalist at 2004 Kansas City Welterweight DivisionGold Medalist at 2005 Little Rock Welterweight DivisionGold Medalist at 2006 Colorado Springs Welterweight Division