By Robert Coster
Romain Jacob is a young lightweight prospect from France, undefeated in 5 bouts with 3 KOs. His latest victory was on the undercard of the Monshipour-Machado bout last Friday, but what really sets the 21-year-old apart from his peers is the fact that he is the torchbearer of a famous boxing family whose history spans three generations. Bantamweight Jacques Jacob was the patriarch of the clan, a bantamweight who fought in the 50s and the 60s. Then followed Herve, Stephane, Thierry and Bruno, brothers and cousins, all top notch boxers in the 80s. Together, the fighting Jacobs brought glory to French boxing: one world title and four European belts. It is not surprising therefore that French boxing fans speak with reverence of ‘les Jacobs’ of the city of Calais. The most successful member of the clan was WBC featherweight champion Thierry Jacob who had his greatest day beating none other than Mexican boxing master Daniel Zarragoza. Thierry is the father of Romain and was in his corner on Friday. Romain likes to describe how it was growing up in a house full of boxing trophies and belts. “I was destined to be a boxer,” said the youngster. And boxing fans in France have little doubt that young Romain Jacob will be as successful as his elders, for the greatest glory of French boxing.