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De La Hoya praises cancer survivors Jacobs, Dirrell

Oscar De La Hoya plans to personally thank Daniel Jacobs and Anthony Dirrell for “demonstrating courage” in surviving cancer when all three are at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. on Saturday, the Golden Boy Promotions president said during a Thursday interview with

“I will absolutely be there. Daniel Jacobs and Anthony Dirrell are the bravest fighters that I have ever met,” said De La Hoya, 41, whose mother, Cecilia, died of breast cancer in October 1990. “I will tell them both, ‘Thank you for demonstrating courage and thank you for demonstrating hope and thank you for being an example of never giving up.'”

Jacobs (28-1, 25 knockouts), 27, will be on hand as a replacement for Paulie Malignaggi as a Showtime boxing analyst for Saturday’s tripleheader headlined by IBF welterweight titlist Shawn Porter’s defense against Kell Brook.

Dirrell (26-1, 22 KOs), 29, will face WBC super middleweight titleholder Sakio Bika (32-5-3, 21 KOs), whom Dirrell fought to a draw in December.

Coming off last weekend’s fifth-round knockout of Jarrod Fletcher at Barclays Center in his native Brooklyn, N.Y., Jacobs successfully battled osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer and Dirrell overcame a scare from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Cecilia, 39, passed wishing that her son would triumph in the Olympics, which he eventually did by earning the gold medal in a victory over Germany’s Marco Rudolph on Aug. 8,1992 in Barcelona, Spain.

“Watching Daniel Jacobs fulfill his dreams not only impacted the boxing community but he can impact anybody who has gone through those difficult times with cancer or who have been affected by cancer, whether it’s a family member or a loved one,” said De La Hoya.

“It’s going to be so special watching Anthony Dirrell up in the ring, especially knowing that Daniel Jacobs will be in the same building. It will show not just the fighters but people in general that the courage that they are demonstrating is not just courage inside of the ring but in living life. These fighters are demonstrating that it is possible to beat this disease.”