Scott Ferrall called it “the meanest punch I’ve ever seen by anyone ever.” Middleweight boxer Daniel Jacobs chuckled.
A vicious, scintillating, emphatic right hook gave Jacobs a third-round victory over Giovanni Lorenzo at the Best Buy Theater in New York on Monday, a fight that was televised nationally by Fox Sports 1.
“Being able to display what I did (Monday), for me, it’s just been a tremendous highlight,” Jacobs said on Ferrall on the Bench. “It’s been humbling. It’s an honor. (Everyone watching the fight) definitely got a show. It was a punch to remember.”
After two relatively even rounds, Lorenzo cut Jacobs in the third, blood trickling out just beneath his left eye. Jacobs snapped.
“I definitely gave it my all that night,” he said. “With the seasoned vet that he was, I was very precautious initially. But once I seen blood from the head-butt that he gave me, I just kind of lost it. I blacked out and just wanted to get him out of there. So when we were trading (punches), I was much faster than he was, and I got the better of the exchange.”
Jacobs is now 26-1 with 23 knockouts – impressive numbers that are even more impressive when you consider that he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma at 24. Once on his death bet, Jacobs is now in the best shape of his life. The powerful yet lean build he showed off Monday was proof.
“Being post-cancer, I definitely had to alter my diet, and I definitely owe it to my doctors for allowing me to do that because I’ve allowed myself to eat more healthy and it shows by having more conditioning,” said Jacobs, 26. “I have more stamina and my body is looking tremendous.”
Now, Jacobs is hungry for a title shot.
“I just want to be champion,” he said. “That’s what I want. Whoever they put me in there with is up to my management and my promotion. I know they’ll make the best decision for me. I have full faith in my camp, and it really doesn’t matter. It can be whoever champion is out there, but for me, I’m just happy to be able to step in the ring again. So it doesn’t matter which particular opponent, just as long as I’m able to fulfill my dreams and capture a world title.”
Jacobs said his movement and lateral quickness are back and better than ever and that he felt great entering his fight with Lorenzo.
“I’ve always told myself if I didn’t feel good during training, I wouldn’t step in that ring and risk my life,” he said. “So going into the fight, I knew I was 100 percent. I’m just glad I was able to get that experience and get cut – all those things you need to go through as a prospect and a contender. Because one day when you’re champion, you’re going to go through all these things and you want to be prepared for them.”