Daniel Jacobs appeared to be back in peak form in the main event at the Best Buy Theater in Manhattan on Monday night.
In the third, he hurt opponent Giovanni Lorenzo with a counter right, followed up with flurries and had Lorenzo pitching face-first to the mat after a left hook and sharp right-hand follow. The ref gave a count and waved his hands, signaling the end for Lorenzo at 2:05 of the round.
"Once he hit me with a good left hook, I said, OK, let's go," Jacobs said after the win.
That clash, and the rest of a six-bout card, were put together by Golden Boy Promotions, which has become a fixture in N.Y., mainly in Brooklyn, at Barclays Center.
Jacobs, who was on death's door when a tumor wrapped itself around his spine in 2011, seemed to be all the way back to his former self in the first, landing a stiff right cross, which the crowd loved. Jacobs sometimes moved laterally, sometimes straight ahead, and was a bit busier than Lorenzo in the second. A nick formed under Jacobs' left eye, but he didn't seem bothered.
In Round 3, Jacobs knew he had buzzed Lorenzo, even if the crowd didn't. He hopped on him, got busy and went into nasty mode.
Jacobs, a Brownsville native and Park Slope resident, went to 26-1 (23 KOs), while Lorenzo, a Dominican-born Yonkers resident, dropped to 32-6 (24 KOs).