Daniel Jacobs told he is cancer-free

Updated: April 22, 2013, 10:48 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Middleweight Daniel Jacobs has already fought twice since nearly dying from osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, but he has received the best news he could ask for as he heads into his third fight since his recovery: He is cancer-free.

Jacobs (24-1, 21 KOs), 26, is scheduled to face Keenan Collins (15-7-3, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., the hometown of both boxers, on the undercard of junior welterweight titleholder Danny Garcia's defense against former titlist Zab Judah.

But going into Saturday's bout -- highlights of which will be part of Showtime's broadcast -- Jacobs can do so with a clear mind after a recent visit to Dr. Roger Hartl, one of the physicians that helped save his life.

Jacobs, the 2009 ESPN.com prospect of the year, said that the doctor told him that his current tests are cancer-free, news which he received just as he ended his training camp for Saturday's fight.

"I've pushed myself harder this training camp than I have for any other fight since making my comeback," Jacobs said. "Now with this behind me, I can get ready for [Saturday] with no problem whatsoever."

Jacobs, who adopted the nickname "Miracle Man" because of his recovery, nearly died from a cancerous tumor on his spine. He was out of the ring for 19 months before returning on Oct. 20 for an emotional first-round knockout of Josh Luteran on the inaugural card at the Barclays Center. In December, Jacobs knocked out Chris Fitzpatrick in the fifth round on the Austin Trout-Miguel Cotto undercard at Madison Square Garden.

Two weeks ago, Jacobs was honored by the Boxing Writers Association of America at its annual awards banquet in New York with the Bill Crawford award for courage in overcoming adversity.