On October 20th, professional boxer Danny Jacobs beat Josh Luteran via first round knockout. Those who do not follow the sport closely may not think too much of the victory. Most probably have not heard of Josh Luteran and many may not even know the name Danny Jacobs.
Danny Jacobs is a former amateur standout who is currently 23-1 as a professional. Yet while obviously talented, what truly makes Danny Jacobs unique is that he beat an opponent that is more devastating than anything he will ever face inside the ring.
Around this time last year, Danny Jacobs was paralyzed below the waist with spinal cancer. It was uncertain if he would ever walk again. The thought of him boxing professionally was all but out of the question. The greater concern was whether he’d even survive.
In the video below, Danny looks back at the circumstances that he faced and his amazing recovery.
And while clearly inspiring, Danny’s story should also put our own bumps and bruises into perspective. I regularly receive questions from individuals suffering from minor injuries. In the last month or so, I have heard from people who have broken a finger, broken an arm, sprained an ankle, injured a knee, and experienced a bad case of the flu. There were probably others, but these are a few of the inquiries that I specifically recall receiving via email.
Most of the inquiries are from individuals who are concerned about missing time from the gym. Fortunately, as evident by Danny Jacobs, it is quite possible to regain whatever is lost during periods of downtime. Danny Jacobs has returned to world class form, able to compete professionally at the highest level.
Yes, injuries can be quite frustrating, but most are short lived. Brief periods of inactivity are literally a blink of an eye when considering the big picture. It takes much less time to regain past attributes than it did to initially acquire them. If you lose strength following an injury or illness, it will come back once you return to action. Patience, diligence, and consistency have a funny way of making things right again. I’m sure Danny Jacobs didn’t feel too strong when he first returned to the gym. He kept working however and now is back on top of his game.
Hats off to him and his amazing comeback.
“There is no education like adversity.” – Benjamin Disraeli