If the Boxing Writer's Association of America added a "Most Likeable Boxer" award to their year end slate, I'm telling you right now I think Danny Jacobs.
I've never seen the kid---and I use that term willfully, because he always wears a vibe of youthful exuberance--with even a hint of a frown on his face. And watch how darn…likeably, lol... he answers my question, which is fairly pointed, and touches on how the Aug. 9 card Jacobs will be fighting on has been slammed my media and fans alike.
Watch how Jacobs (age 27; lives in Canarsie, Brooklyn; 27-1 with 24 KOs) finishes my sentence for me, as I try to phrase my query in direct but polite fashion. I simply like the way he traffics in reality, but does so with a hint of positivity. He is, frankly, something of a role model for me in that realm.
And Jacobs gets extra points for not BSing. "I'm not sure if (Jarrod Fletcher, a 30-year-old old Aussie with an 18-1 (10 KOs) record) is the real deal, I haven't really followed his career. I've seen some of his fights, and he seems to be a pretty decent opponent."
The WBA world middleweight title, now vacant, will be up for grabs, with "The Miracle Man," formerly known as "The Golden Child" butting gloves and heads with the Aussie nicknamed "Left Jab."
By the way, if we're talking awards, by the way, I do think "Left Jab" might win for "Least Fearsome Nickname."
Anyway, talk to me, Forum crew. Will Jacobs-Fletcher turn out to be a decent rumble, and help change pre-made minds on this Aug. 9 card? If Jacobs wins this crown, who would you like to see him fight next? And what other nicknames could merit consideration for "Least Fearsome Nickname?" Weigh in!
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Who will win? Wladimir Klitschko or Tyson Fury?