"I do see myself being a world champion in 2013. I don't know what the timetable is going to be on that, but definitely this year we are going to try to do something big. I made a big comeback and I'm really trying to make a big statement in that I'm here and I'm here to stay. And you know what? No matter what my circumstances are, I can overcome and I can be as great as any other great champion out there," stated middleweight contender Danny Jacobs, who talked about his return to the ring, his foundation, and much more. Check it out!
PC: How is everything going my man?
DJ: Everything is going beautiful. I have been training very hard. I was really looking forward to February 9th because I was going to be going 10 rounds, but the card is rescheduled and I will still be prepared when the time comes.
PC: How is it for you, being from Brooklyn, to have an arena like the Barclays Center to showcase your talent now?
DJ: Being from Brooklyn, we are territorial, we have a lot of pride, and for me to just have an outlet like the Barclays Center, where I could just perform and perform in front of people that I love, it's a beautiful feeling being from Brooklyn and having the Barclays Center. I don't want to fight anywhere else the rest of my career. I can stay at this place forever (laughing).
PC: Obviously your story is amazing and it's very inspirational. As a fighter, how would you grade your comeback?
DJ: As a fighter, I didn't even give myself a grade yet; not even evaluate my comeback fight. I'm just fighting. I have been so overwhelmed with joy and the fact that I have been able to box again, I haven't really even studied. I'm just happy to get back in there. I have been working on some of the things that we used to do wrong before I got sick, and those things are starting to come along. I feel like in the near future, we are gonna be a complete fighter, and once that time has come, we are gonna take on the big dogs.
PC: Do you have a timetable to get to that point of facing the big dogs or are you literally taking this thing one fight at a time?
DJ: I'm literally taking it one fight at a time, but I do see myself being a world champion in 2013. I don't know what the timetable is going to be on that, but definitely this year we are going to try to do something big. I made a big comeback and I'm really trying to make a big statement in that I'm here and I'm here to stay. And you know what? No matter what my circumstances are, I can overcome and I can be as great as any other great champion out there.
PC: They say boxing is 95% mental, but obviously you also had some physical hurdles to climb as well fighting cancer. What was the most difficult part of this comeback, the mental aspect of everything that you had been through or the physical aspect of everything that comes along with battling cancer?
DJ: Well, for me, I think it's been physical more than the mental. Going through everything that I went through, I feel like my mental state has been A plus. My focus beforehand was kind of suspect (laughing), but I feel like God has made me a different person now. Going through what I have gone through, I've learned so much and I appreciate so much the second time around, and this second opportunity that I have, I am 100% focused. Trainers have to stop me from training so hard; that's how much I push myself. I definitely think it was the physical part more than anything because my mental state is there. Now we just gotta make sure I don't burn myself out (laughing).
PC: I don't want to say you took the sport of boxing for granted, because you had an extensive amateur career and you are too successful as a pro to say that, but would you say before you got sick, did you take your natural talents for granted to a degree?
DJ: Absolutely. I wouldn't say 100% I took it for granted, but there are certain things that I look back and say, "You know what? I didn't give that my all. Or I didn't do things I was supposed to do to give 100%." So there are certain things that I did take for granted because I had natural abilities, like you said, but I feel like God is working through me and I can be a role model for kids and I can be somebody that they look up to and say, "You know what? I can look up to this guy and use his mistakes as my advantage and learn from it." I'm just happy to be in this position and having a good time, and like I said before, it's a beautiful thing and I really can't wait to get back to the top!
PC: You are tackling 3 major issues in the world through your foundation: cancer, obesity and bullying. What was the thought process to attack all 3, and just tell us a little bit about "Get in the Ring?"
DJ: Man, I have always been a giving guy and I have always been the type to support friends and family and other people with whatever they had going on. It's always been in me. I just never really put it in action. Once I went through cancer, and seeing how hard it was, my first reaction was that I gotta help these people that's going through it that's not as fortunate as I am. Kids can't really control the financial state or whatever the state that they are going through. So that's one of the major things I wanted to address because I know firsthand how hard it can be going through that process. And obesity is all over the country. It's so huge in our community because people will always buy things that they can afford and the things that they do bulk up on is not nutritional. I'm really big on nutrition since I fought cancer because I had to switch my diet. I have been a vegetarian since 2013 and I haven't eaten a piece of meat yet, so I'm really on top of my health and nutrition. And where bullying starts, it's a funny story because I just ran into the guy yesterday when I was in Brownsville, the neighborhood I grew up in, because I actually ran into the guy that got me started in boxing and he was the guy that tried to bully me, but I stood up for myself. It's a long story, but it goes to show you no matter who you are and what age you are, bullying exists. People you have adults that get bullied. It may not be called bullying, but at the same time, it's an issue. And those are the three main issues that I wanted to target. Me as a parent, I couldn't see my son growing up getting bullied. That's why he is taking boxing classes now (laughing). It's just one of those things that I just feel like I have to do.
PC: One thing you said about all three issues that's very true is, in all three cases, it doesn't just affect the obese person, or the person suffering from cancer, or the person being bullied; the families are directly affected as well, and I think it's great that you took your situation and saw how it affected not only you, but your family, and placed it into action.
DJ: I really appreciate that, man. It means a lot.
PC: I wish you the best in April and the absolute best with your foundation. Where can we find out more about "Get in the Ring" and is there anything else you want to add?
DJ: If you want to find more about the "Get in the Ring" foundation and how you guys can help, you can go to www.getinthering.net and we also have a Facebook page www.facebook.com/GetInTheRingFoundation and we are also on Twitter @GIR_Knockout and it will keep you informed on the things that we are doing, and get the latest on what we got going on with the foundation. And I appreciate the interview Percy!
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