Gary Jacobs was born on the 10th December 1965 and brought up in the south side of Glasgow. When Gary was 14 his family emigrated to Australia but they returned after less than a year and moved to Shawlands.
Gary was then introduced to a guy called Morris Lewis who asked him if he could fight. At that time Gary was more interested in football. Morris then told Gary he could earn £50 per fight. “Where’s the gloves” was Gary’s response.
Gary started work in Glasgow’s Argyle Arcade as a trainee Goldsmith and Jeweller but the lure of the ring was too much and Gary went professional under Morris’s guidance.
Gary made his professional debut on the 20th May 1985 in a bout against John Conlan a Liverpudlian boxer also making his professional debut. The fight went the distance and Gary won on points.
In Gary’s 10th professional fight on the 24th June 1986 he fought Dave Douglas in Glasgow’s Plaza Ballroom for the vacant BBBofC (British Boxing Board of Control) Scottish area welterweight title. Unfortunately Gary lost the fight on points. He would go on and win the title 6 months later on the 27th January 1987 against the same opponent.
On the 19th April Gary won the Commonwealth welter weight title in Glasgow Kelvin Hall defeating Wilf Gentzen from Australia on points. 5 months later Gary was on his travels to Caesars Palace, Las Vegas this time he would knock out Javier Suazo for the WBC (World Boxing Council) International Welterweight Title.
Gary successfully defended the Commonwealth Welterweight Title against Richard Rova, Rocky Kelly and George Collins (Commonwealth and WBC fight). Gary Lost the Commonwealth Belt against Donovan Boucher in The Motherwell Civic Centre on the 23rd November 1989.
On the 20th February 1992 Gary defeated Del Bryan to win the British Welterweight title in the Scottish Exhibition Centre. He retained the belt with a win over Robert Wright 5 months later.
Up next was Ludovic Proto for the vacant EBU European Welterweight belt, This ended in a defeat but he wouldn’t wait long as he defeated him in the re-match 4 months later by Technical Knock Out. He would go on to defend the EBU title 3 times before losing to Pernell Whitaker for the world title in Atlantic City.
Gary won the IBF Inter-continental Welterweight title against Edwin Murillo in March 1996 but unfortunately would lose the EBU belt against Frenchman Patrick Charpentier by Technical knock out.
Gary’s last professional fight was for the vacant IBF Inter-continental Middle weight title which he lost by unanimous decision against Yuri Epifantsev but as Gary says he completed the fight on automatic pilot chucking it in the 8th round.
Garys Professional career stats 53 fights 45 wins (26 Kos) 8 losses (2Kos)
Gary was inducted into the Scottish boxing hall of fame in 2011.
Gary is currently a professional boxing coach passing on his boxing wisdom to the next generation of fighters.
Gary Jacobs, Master Mason of Lodge Montefiore No.753
Thanks to Brother Gary for allowing me to write this article.