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Garcia vs Morales II results: Danny Jacobs returns with first round knockout

Danny Jacobs beat cancer, and tonight came back to boxing with a first round knockout at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Danny Jacobs, once the top middleweight prospect in the United States, came back to the sport after beating cancer with a first round knockout of Josh Luteran tonight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Jacobs (23-1, 20 KO) hadn't fought since March 2011, and hadn't really been heard from by most boxing fans since he lost to Dmitry Pirog in July 2010. Tonight's win came against a limited opponent in Luteran (13-2, 9 KO), but that was more than "acceptable," given the incredible circumstances. This is a young man looking not just to "return," but to basically rebuild a career against all odds -- real odds, not boxing odds.

It was a vicious uppercut that put Luteran on the canvas, where he slammed his head on the mat and was immediately out. It was a nasty KO, but Luteran was up and responsive shortly after. Jacobs did his job tonight, and while there's certainly more to learn about where Jacobs is really at, this was a great moment for him, and really for anyone watching.

"This moment is super sweet, and I'm glad I gave these Brooklyn fans a good show," Jacobs said after the fight to Showtime's Jim Gray.

Our live coverage will continue, with the main Showtime card starting at 8 pm ET.

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