Golden Boy starts fight series Aug. 19
There's "Monday Night Football," so how about boxing on Monday nights too?
Light heavyweight titleholder Bernard Hopkins put down his belt for the day and put on his Golden Boy Promotions hat -- he's a partner in the company -- to host a news conference in midtown Manhattan on Tuesday to announce the company's deal with the new Fox Sports 1 cable network, which will air "Golden Boy Live!" cards every other week on Monday nights for 24 shows in the first year of the deal.
In addition to announcing the overall deal, Hopkins unveiled the inaugural card, which will take place Aug. 19 -- two days after the network launches in some 90 million homes -- at the Best Buy Theater in New York. The card will be headlined by middleweight Daniel Jacobs, the 2009 ESPN.com Prospect of the Year.
Jacobs (25-1, 22 KOs), a 26-year-old from Brooklyn, will face Giovanni Lorenzo (32-5, 24 KOs), 32, a New York resident from the Dominican Republic, in a scheduled 10-round bout.
"This [series] is history that I believe will help all young fighters to build their names, build their records and become household names in order to continue to come up in the rankings and be superstars in the future," Hopkins said. "Boxing on Monday nights is something fans will be watching. What a great way to start the week by watching Monday night boxing.
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"This is the first of the 24 shows and there's going to constantly be more fights [on Fox Sports 1]. When I was coming up, we had 'Tuesday Night Fights' [on USA Network]. Now, we have [Monday night fights on] Fox Sports 1."
The fight will be Jacobs' fourth since nearly dying from a rare form of bone cancer that left him with a tumor wrapped around his spine, partial paralysis and little chance of living, much less fighting again. But Jacobs beat the disease -- he has been declared cancer-free by his doctors -- and returned to action at full strength last October after being sidelined for 19 months.
Lorenzo has loads of experience against several name fighters but has lost decisions in three shots at various versions of middleweight world titles.
In the co-feature, Bronx welterweight Eddie Gomez (14-0, 9 KOs) will face Steve Upsher Chambers (24-2-1, 6 KOs) of Philadelphia in an eight-round bout.
Also on the card will be two New York prospects: 2012 U.S. Olympian and Staten Island native Marcus Browne (5-0, 5 KOs), whose bout against an opponent to be determined is slated to be part of the telecast, and Brooklyn bantamweight Claude Staten Jr. (1-0), who will face an opponent to be determined on the untelevised portion of the card.
Jacobs is lucky to be alive and appreciated all the attention lavished on him Tuesday.
"All this for me? This is amazing. I'm truly blessed," he told the audience. "God has been with me since day one. I'm fortunate to be here and to have my own main event. Two years ago, I was battling a war. I was paralyzed in a hospital battling cancer, so for me to come back and have my own main event in Times Square, it doesn't get any better than that.
"I'm fortunate to be a part of this and to be able to say to my son that his daddy was a part of something special. Giovanni is a tremendous fighter, a very good fighter, and I know he's going to bring it come fight night. He's going to be a tough test. I know Giovanni says he has a sturdy chin and a good punch, but you can't hit what you can't see. I have very quick hand speed, very good punching power, and my knockout ratio is up there. Much respect to [Lorenzo's] camp, but Monday night [Aug. 19] it's going to be all Danny Jacobs."
Said Lorenzo, "I'm very happy I'm fighting in Manhattan after so many years. It's been a while since I've fought amongst my people. I look forward to facing Danny Jacobs, who is a very good fighter. One thing I know is that I have a sturdy chin, I can pack a punch and I'm going to be victorious Aug. 19. That is all."