Just 19 months ago Jacobs was suffering from cancer and was told that he would never walk again. But the 25-year old refused to be beaten and has managed to not only get back on his feet but also return to the sport of boxing. The dedication and determination all paid off last night when he stopped his over-matched opponent in just five rounds.
It was a relatively slow start from Jacobs but we can expect that from a fighter that has been out of the ring for over 19 months. Once he managed to get into a rhythm and let the hands go, it became an easy ride. Fitzpatrick tried to put the pressure on but simply lacked the talent to even come close to troubling Jacobs. Once Jacobs planted his feet and let the hands go, there was no chance for Fitzpatrick. Jacobs started to land at will and Fitzpatrick was lucky to scrape through the 3rd, 4th & 5th. His corner realised this and pulled him out of the fight at the end of the 5th round.
Brimming with confidence in the post-fight interview, Jacobs claimed that he should be considered as a serious contender in the middleweight division. This is a bold statement considering the extremely high level of boxers at 160lb right now. I do rate Jacobs but do not rank him amongst the big guns in the division just yet. Maybe after a few progressive fights against better opposition we can see him start to make his way into the top 10. But its going to be a very tough thing for him to do. However, we must remember this is "The Miracle Man" and he has already proved that anything is possible.
By Jack Price @PriceyJ97 - PriceyBoxing@gmail.com