The Miracle Man

I’m a fighter through and through. I don’t fear any person and to go inside that ring with a feared mentality, why even go inside the ring?
— Daniel Jacobs

Daniel Jacobs is a professional boxer, a former super middleweight, and middleweight world champion. With 38 professional fights, only 3 losses, and 30 of them ending in the way of knockout, this makes Jacobs one of the best in the division. Although that is an incredible feat. His story to greatness is even more incredible.


Daniel was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1987. As an amateur boxer, Daniel recorded 137 wins and 7 losses. He won the Junior Olympics in 2004, The National Golden Glove welterweight championship in 2005 and the United States Amateur middleweight championship the year after. He has also won 4 New York Golden Gloves during his time as an amateur. This resume of course made him one of the top prospects in boxing.

He made his professional debut fighting on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather versus Ricky Hatton on December 8, 2007. He faced Jose Jesus who he defeated via TKO in the first 29 seconds of the first round. On August 22, 2009, Jacobs defeated Ishe Smith by unanimous decision to win the NABO middleweight title. With every fight he found success, until he faced a foe tougher than he could’ve even imagined. In 2011 at the age of 24, Daniel was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, which is a rare form of bone cancer. The doctors found a huge tumor growing around his spine, it was slowly killing Daniel. It was wrapping itself around his spine and growing. The doctors told him he would not get the nerves back in his legs 100%, and that he would not be able to box again due to the damage he would take on his spine. He would need to undergo a miracle surgery.

Daniel went from being on top of the world, to not being able to walk. For any man, that alone would be enough to kill your spirit, but for Daniel, it was his fuel. Thankfully the 6 hour surgery was successful, now it was all up to Daniel.

“They always talk about the cancer. But I think the more impressive thing is that he overcame paralysis. He was literally paralyzed from the waist down for a couple of weeks before they removed the tumor. I don’t know of any athlete that has had paralysis and been able to compete in [professional] sports. He has not only competed, but he’s competed at a high level.”
— Keith Connolly, Jacobs’ longtime manager

Daniel Jacobs speech, after getting booed during the press tour for his fight, this past weekend against Canelo Alvarez.

After 19 months of recovery, multiple back procedures, and 25 rounds of chemotherapy. Daniel made his way back to the ring. On October 20, 2012, Daniel returned in the ring with a successful first round victory over Josh Luteran.

Daniels recovery to greatness is nothing short of a rocky movie. The perseverance, grit and determination of a man who had completely lost everything in order to find meekness, and success. Which naturally made him become a greater man than he was before his battle with osteosarcoma. Daniels purpose in the ring is more than just about winning, but mostly to inspire and help motivate those all over the world with his story. After all, he’s beaten cancer and became a world champion.

Daniel faced boxings p4p #1 Canelo Alvarez this past Cinco De Mayo weekend. He did not win unfortunately but put on an amazing performance.

I can’t wait to see what the future has in stored for the Miracle Man.

john ecaldre