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Danny Jacobs and Giovanni Lorenzo both made weight Sunday afternoon, so it looks like we're a go for the Monday clash between the middleweights at the Best Buy Theater in New York City.
Jacobs (25-1, 22 KOs), 26, the Brownsville native who kicked cancer's tail in 2011 and is nearing the cusp of a title shot, needs to get past perennial challenger Lorenzo (32-5, 24 KOs), a 32-year-old Dominican-born Yonkers resident.
Check out this video I shot of Jacobs, back in October 2012, in which he talks about growing up in Brownsville, which has a rich boxing history, boasting alumni such as Mike Tyson, Zab Judah, Floyd Patterson and Riddick Bowe. "It's not a place you want to grow up, but it makes you ... Brownsville made me who I am today," Jacobs said.
Prospect Eddie Gomez (14-0, 9 KOs), of the Bronx, will get a step-up fight against Steve Upsher Chambers (24-2-1, 6 KOs) on that card, and Marcus Browne (5-0, 5 KOs) seeks to continue his rise against Robert Hill (1-1, 0 KOs), a Louisiana resident who we expect will not see Round 2 in his third pro tussle. Browne, a Staten Islander, has stopped all of his foes and has gained more buzz with every outing. He looks to finish, not dawdle to "get experience," and local fight fans have begun to notice and spread the word.
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27dBrian Campbell, ESPN staff writer