DANNY JACOBS COMEBACK TO CONTINUE AT MSG
Press Release: The December 1st event at New York City's Madison Square Garden has additional bouts added to it, with Puerto Rico's Jayson Velez taking on Mexico's Salvador Sanchez II in a ten-round featherweight fight and Brooklyn's Danny Jacobs facing Cleveland's Chris "The Irish Ghost" Fitzpatrick in a ten-round middleweight fight, Jacobs' second fight since winning a harrowing battle against a cancerous tumor that attacked his spine. The tripleheader will be televised on Showtime from Madison Square Garden.
The main event is is a twelve-round battle between Austin Trout, who holds the WBA 154-pound regular championship and ex-multi-division champion Miguel Cotto.
A native of Juncos, Puerto Rico, 24-year-old Jayson Velez (19-0, 14 KOs) is coming off of a sixth round knockout over Leivi Brea in August.
Hailing from Tianguistenco, Mexico, Salvador "Sal II" Sanchez II (30-4-3, 18 KOs) [says he is] carrying on his pugilistic family name following the tragic death of his uncle, the legendary featherweight champion Salvador Sanchez, in 1982. The winner of 11 straight, the 27-year-old Sanchez will pay homage to his uncle on December 1st by wearing the trunks, shoes and robe the Hall of Famer wore in his final fight against Azumah Nelson at Madison Square Garden in July of 1982, making this more than just a fight for this promising Mexican warrior.
A highly-decorated amateur boxer with several titles and accolades to his name, Brooklyn's Danny Jacobs (23-1, 20 KOs) only loss is to Dmitry Pirog for the then-vacant WBO middleweight title in 2010. Jacobs won two subsequent fights by knockout, but shortly after defeating Robert Kliewer in March of 2011, he was faced with the biggest fight of his life, cancer. Thankfully, the 25-year-old fought just as hard out of the ring as he does inside of it and is now cancer-free after a battle that lasted over a year. Even more amazing is that after being told he would never fight again, he fought his way back into the ring and looked as sharp as ever when he knocked out Josh Luteran in just 73 seconds on October 20th of this year.
Chris "The Irish Ghost" Fitzpatrick (15-2, 6 KO's) has been boxing since the age of eight and this lifelong passion has finally led him to the Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden for the biggest fight of his career on December 1st. A boxer-puncher who always shows up to scrap, the 25-year-old from Cleveland, Ohio has been fighting professionally since 2008 and he's looking forward to testing Jacobs while showing that he's ready for the next level of competition in the talent-rich middleweight division.
Tickets are available for purchase at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.thegarden.com.