On Saturday, December 1, 2012, Danny “Miracle Man” Jacobs who fights out of Brooklyn, New York, with a record of 24-1, (21 KO’s) fought for the second time in less than 45 days, not to mention just 19 months previous to this middle weight attraction, Danny’s career stood dismissed, due to the unimaginable and inept circumstance that he was forced to deal with first and that was Osteosarcoma, which is a form of bone cancer that formed a tumor on Jacob’s spine which left his legs paralyzed. That state of affairs itself, illustrates Jacobs fortitude and mental grit and believe me, it showed on Saturday night in Madison Square Garden, just ask his trounced and clearly overwhelmed opponent in Chris “The Irish Ghost” Fitzpatrick.
Chris Fitzpatrick fights out of Columbia, South Carolina and earned the record of 15-3-1, (6 KO’s). This bout was an 8-round attraction with the winner stepping up and fighting better opposition with champagne wishes and caviar dreams in a talent rich division such as the Middle Weight. There are a countless number of great match-ups which means the stock of the winner and amount of money to be made in the near future is inevitable. The loser on the other hand, well you know the saying, “Go back to the drawing board” and when you’re only fighting 8 rounders yet on the cusp on moving up the proverbial ladder to fight 10 round bouts with higher caliber foes. The term lose isn’t even in your vocabulary.
As the opening bell sounded in round 1, the third man in the ring was referee Steve Willis, he quickly backed out of the way as orthodox fighter Danny Jacobs without hesitation squared off taking center of the squared circle, but in the southpaw stance. Jacobs is one of the limited number of boxers that feel utterly relaxed in their comfort zone fighting from either side. Fitzpatrick wasted no time engaging and jumping directly into combat. Fitzpatrick threw a lot of shots, barely missing and within the first 50 seconds, Jacobs decided to switch back to his orthodox stance. Jacobs pumped his left Jab over and over, snapping back the ginger colored head of “The Irish Ghost”, then as the end of the first round was coming to a halt, Jacobs began opening up and landing a nice combination and solid left hook to the body which Fitzpatrick deemed to handle well, but still managed to keep his poise.
Jacobs used a lot of lateral movement and moved his head making Chris miss very often but did manage to land punches upstairs and to Jacobs’s body, to let the Brooklyn native know he was in a fight. Never the less I gave both rounds 1 and 2 to Danny Jacobs. He did an excellent job of slipping all of Fitzpatrick’s power shots, making his left hooks to the head shank wide like a losing field goal kicker. Jacobs then countered and landed a series of six repetitive left jabs all to the mid-section followed by an overhand right to Fitzpatrick’s head.
At the end of the second round, Jacobs’s trainer Gary Stark gave his extremely attentive and confident fighter instructions to throw more jabs, doubling them up to Fitzpatrick’s body and face, then once in close, utilize the uppercut.
Jacobs again originated in the Southpaw stance in round three. There was an accidental head clash that opened a small laceration on Fitzpatrick’s hair line above his right eyebrow, it gave the impression that Danny Jacobs began responding comparable to a shark, he absolutely sensed blood. “Miracle Man” started opening up landing helacious combinations. For the rest of the round, Danny Jacobs unloaded showing a variety of different armaments he developed in his arsenal, now showing the diversity in class between each pugilist.
In round four, Fitzpatrick flashed his jab demanding that Jacobs recognize he was still in this fight, the only problem was that it must have fell upon deaf ears. The fact is, as the round ensued, Danny Jacobs became more confident and brutal letting his hands go in heeding the commands given by trainer Stark. The majority of Danny’s combos were clean, crisp and came in bunches of no less than four and five every time. Fitzpatrick popped his jab once again, more of a probing jab not bothering Jacobs in the least. At the end of four, Jacobs had Fitzpatrick against the ropes and once again steadily cracking him with monster right hands to the head and throughout the first four rounds, Jacobs very often did a very slick movement in fainting a lead right, then dipping to his left and launching and landing thudding left hooks to Fitzpatrick’s body. Danny managed to tax diverse actions which outstandingly burdened plus initiated immense agony upon Chris Fitzpatrick.
Once the fifth round started it was exactly how the fourth left off, Fitzpatrick off balance falling against the ropes while a very strong and versatile Jacobs’s unleashed hell upon his 25 year old counterpart, whom now is not attempting to win anymore, for he had been broken down and picked completely apart and was basically trying to survive. Everything that Danny Jacobs threw was aimed with pinpoint accuracy, but I have to give Fitzpatrick credit, he is a tough man that can take a lot of punishment.
In round five, Jacobs landed 35 power shots to Fitzpatrick’s 2. Jacobs beat Fitzpatrick around the ring and did exactly what I thought; he made the “The Irish Ghost” exactly that, a ghost.
As the fifth round ended, Fitzpatrick didn’t want to continue, giving up on his stool. He took a lot of ferocious, however unwarranted and unnecessary abuse. If Fitzpatrick would have continued to fight, I without a doubt expected the referee to stop the fight if he wasn’t seriously hurt first.
Danny Jacobs looked very much like a veteran, as he knew how to work the body, not punch himself out and importantly, not to allow himself to be tied up. Jacobs was very proficient in round five, he resembled Tito Trinidad from my perspective in his style, form, power and defense.
Just the small details you seem to notice in up and coming fighters that have a promising future, kind of how I see a hint of Miguel Cotto, when I watch prospect Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (even if he came up short last time out). After the fight Jim Gray interviewed Danny Jacobs and Danny had this to say, “I’m glad I got the rounds in and the ring rust out.” Jacobs then said, “I feel like I’m back. Obviously I want to step up my competition, but I don’t want to jump the gun yet.”
Let’s just wait and see if this electrifying boxer/puncher in Danny “Miracle Man” Jacobs ends up having the glamorous career comparable to the likeness of Puerto Rico’s hero Felix “Tito” Trinidad. It will be nearly impossible to be a Trinidad, but I can foresee him a world champion in the future. So if you are a huge fan of big finishers do yourself a favor and keep an eye out for the “Miracle Man”.