A miracle man, a new champ and a little girl as tough as them both

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Middleweight Danny Jacobs is known as “The Miracle Man.”

Born in Brooklyn, he had a brilliant amateur career; then burned through the pro ranks quickly until being diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer.

Away for 19 months in the most serious fight of his life, he beat the disease and punctuated his return with a devastating 1st round knockout.

In addition to mad skills, Danny is the definition of “sportsmanship.”

During the promotion for the Gennady Golovkin fight they were polite, respectful and gracious. No profanity or trash talk…they wore business suits to the press conference.

It’s no surprise that Jacobs’ work ethic is beyond reproach, as well.

Last weekend, hometown hero Jacobs met undefeated Maciej Sulecki at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, in a title eliminator.

They let their hands go early. Jacobs doubled and tripled up on punches while Sulecki divided his attack between upstairs and downstairs.

Sulecki has decent hand speed but only moderate power.

Things really started to heat up going into the middle rounds; and they never let up.

Jacobs progressively took control of the tempo and pace, and was the clear aggressor, dropping Sulecki with an overhand right at the top of the final stanza.

After all 12 rounds, the scorecards reflected exactly that. Jacobs was awarded a unanimous decision (UD) victory.

Danny Jacobs (34-2, 29 KO’s) hands Maciej Sulecki his first defeat and positions himself for a rematch with Golovkin.

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The undercard featured super-sized heavyweights Johann Duhaupas (6’5” at 244 lbs.) lacing them up against undefeated Brooklyn-born Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (6’4”) who tipped the scale at 305 pounds.

Yikes!!

Part of Miller’s entourage was brave and beautiful Lily Weaver.

Miller met this tiny teen during a photo shoot for the pediatric cancer foundation “The Truth 365.”

After five years of remission from Ewing’s sarcoma, little Lily is now fighting her second bout.

Perhaps unlikely friends, Lily and Miller have become inspirations to each other.

If she does anywhere near as well as Miller did against Duhaupas, she’ll win again…and for good.

Miller had Duhaupas in trouble at some point in every round, but Johann is an experienced veteran with a solid set of whiskers and enough muscle and padding to survive Miller’s repeated body blows.

This was a very exciting, nonstop, all-action bout.

It went the distance and Jarrell Miller won a decisive UD, remained undefeated and moves closer to a title match.

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A fight card from Philly featured a bout for the vacant NABF Super Middleweight title between local lad Jesse Hart (24-1, 20 KO’s) and Demond Nicholson (18-3-1, 17 KO’s).

This was not a technical showcase for the art of boxing…but it was fun to watch.

Hart might have been a bit over confident. He got tagged at the end of the opening frame before he settled in, found his pace, and put Nicholson on the seat of his satins in Round 3.

The leather never stopped flying.

Hart finally found his distance late in the 6th and in Round 7 he clipped Nicholson in the noggin. Hart followed it with a relentless flurry that left Nicholson unable to continue.

Jesse Hart took the “W” (and the title) by TKO.

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Returning from a year’s layoff, undefeated reigning and defending WBO World Super Bantamweight champ Jesse Magdaleno fought #1 ranked contender, Isaac Dogboe.

Southpaw Magdaleno put Dogboe on the canvas with a four-punch combination in the opener.

Dogboe came back at a blistering pace and dropped Magdaleno in the 5th on a counter-right hook.

There were some excellent exchanges throughout the match until Dogboe had Magdaleno on the ropes and in trouble late in the 10th.

A two-punch combo sent Magdaleno to his knees early in the 11th, and moments later an accumulation of punches sealed the deal.

Isaac Dogboe remains undefeated, took home the title and improves his record to 19 wins, with 13 coming by way of knockout.

God Bless and keep Lily Weaver (and everyone fighting cancer) in your prayers.

Mark Felicetti dares you to contact him. Reach him at mark@tolucantimes.com.

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