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DANNY JACOBS: "IT REALLY FEELS GOOD TO BE BACK...I'M VERY FORTUNATE"

By Ben Thompson | October 15, 2012
DANNY JACOBS:

"It really feels good to be back, man...For me to have gone through everything that I went through in the past year and a half and then to come back, and not only come back, but to fight in Brooklyn. I mean, I've fought all over the world, but as a professional, I've never fought in Brooklyn, so to fight on this particular card, I mean, this is perfect for me...I'm very fortunate, very humbled, and very honored to participate on this big card because this his history, so for me being a part of it, it just makes me very proud," stated middleweight contender Danny Jacobs, who appeared on the latest episode of FightHype Radio to talk about his anticipated return to the ring this Saturday, October 20, after battling cancer. Check out what else he had to say!

On making his return to the ring after battling cancer...

It really feels good to be back, man.

I had Osteosarcoma, which was a tumor, a mass tumor in my spine; a bone tumor. It paralyzed me. Left me all bent up and out of shape; doctors tell me I can never box again, and a year and half later, here I am today, proving everybody wrong and doing it with flying colors.

It all started when I got back from Iraq. We went to a USO tour, Oscar De La Hoya, Seth Mitchell, Adrien Broner, we had a special tour we went to, but immediately after I got back from that tour, I remember feeling weak in my legs and things just got worst from that particular point. I would say in about two weeks, in two weeks time, it went from me feeling a flop in my leg to walking with a cane to me walking with crutches and then an actual walker. I mean, that was wierd for me [lauging] to be walking with a walker. And a walker went to me being wheelchair bound. All this happened within a month's time and it was horrible for me at the time, especially when the doctors told me I couldn't fight, so you guys can imagine how that time was.

On what he had to deal with during his battle with cancer...

I think it was three things that was really hard for me to deal with. The number one thing was the fact that I had cancer. Mentally knowing that I had cancer was hard to cope with because I had a lot of family who died from cancer, so that was a big effect on my life. Also, learning how to walk again, it was super hard. People just think that, you know, you have to go through therapy and your mind teaches your legs, but it's not that. It's actually physical because when you're disabled and when your immobile, laying on the bed like I was for months, you know, to actually walk again was hard and it hurt. So that was the second thing that was hard. I think the third thing, the most important thing, was the radiation treatments for the cancer. That took away my appetite, it canceled my moods; you know, I would feel down, I felt lifeless, so it was definitely a difficult point, those three things.

Being that it was a very rare cancer, no one really knows how long I've had it. I've always had back problems. I just thought it was relative to boxing. Who knows how long I've had it. I might have had it when I fought in a world championship. We never know how long I could possibly had cancer, but when it did grow and it really started to grow, it grew fast. I mean, this thing grew from a handball to a baseball size within days, so it was really out to kill me.

On whether or not he's concerned about his abilities after battling cancer...

I don't think there's any concern because I've always told myself that if training camp don't go well, then I'm not going to step foot in that ring and jeopardize my life. I had a great training camp. We've been in there with some tough guys, tough sparring partners, so I know that I do have what it takes. But come fight night, that's the real test and we're gonna be in there with a guy who's coming to fight. I thank God that they're not putting me in there with anybody who will just lay down, who's gonna test me. I'm looking forward to being tested. But like I said, training camp went well, so I'm looking forward to October 20th, because that's the real test and that's when I can really prove to myself that I got it back.

On making his return to the ring at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn...

For me to have gone through everything that I went through in the past year and a half and then to come back, and not only come back, but to fight in Brooklyn. I mean, I've fought all over the world, but as a professional, I've never fought in Brooklyn, so to fight on this particular card, I mean, this is perfect for me...I'm very fortunate, very humbled, and very honored to participate on this big card because this his history, so for me being a part of it, it just makes me very proud.

On getting back in shape and making weight...

Surprisingly, my weight has been very good. I shot up to about 225 pounds [laughing] post surgery, but surprisingly, I've been able to get down to 60 without any problems. The fight was initially scheduled at 165, me thinking that I was going to have struggle problems making weight, but I've already made 165, so I called my manager and made the fight at 62, so I'm actually going to campaign at 60 for awhile because I don't have anymore weight problems, which is a good thing.

On what it was like when he returned to training...

I'm a knucklehead. I went right back into the gym about two weeks after they released me out the hospital, with my brace on, with my back brace on, and still with the wobbly legs, I was just throwing my 1-2's on the bag, so I was at it from jump. Initially it was hard, and my first shot that I took, that was like tough. I was like, "Whoa. Okay, yeah, this is what I'm looking forward to getting back into." But it was exciting though because this wasn't promised to me; this opportunity wasn't promised to me. My life and my boxing career wasn't promised, so all I want to do is just have the best possible time I can do while I'm in that ring and throughout my career and just throughout my life. I"m really looking forward to everything life has to offer after this point.

On the middleweight division...

The middleweight division is stacked with competition, so I'm glad to be coming back and to be coming back to something to look forward to. I can be in there with anybody; you don't have to select a handful of people. Now it's stacked, so I'm definitely looking forward to of course taking my time and getting back and getting the rust out, and then eventually stepping up and facing one of the top guys in the division...I want to be able to get right back in there.

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