Eddie Hearn Gives His Honest Thoughts On Daniel Jacobs: “If He Loses To John Ryder, That’s The End Of His Career”
By: Hans Themistode
Daniel Jacobs has always found his name near the top of the middleweight division. After watching his transient IBF title reign come to an end at the hands of Canelo Alvarez in 2019, Jacobs made the move to abandon the one weight class he’s known his entire career.
As of now, the New York native has enjoyed his newfound success as a super middleweight but his performances have left much to be desired. In December of 2020, Jacobs scored a fifth-round stoppage win over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. In his next ring appearance, Jacobs was viewed as a heavy favorite against fringe contender Gabriel Rosado. Yet, despite the backing of the betting public, Jacobs struggled mightily with the Philadelphia native. While he would ultimately go on to pick up the split decision win, Jacobs has been embroiled in controversy as many believe Rosado was given a raw deal.
With two victories at 168 pounds now under his belt, Jacobs is set to return to the ring against John Ryder. The two are officially set to square off on February 12th, at Alexandra Palace in London.
Although Jacobs has enjoyed a long and fruitful career, according to promoter Eddie Hearn, if the former two-time middleweight champion fails to live up to his normally lofty standards, it could mean the light at the end of his boxing tunnel is within striking distance.
“For Danny Jacobs, it’s must win,” said Hearn during an interview with Matchroom Boxing. “If he loses in London to John Ryder, I think that’s the end of his career.”
For the 33-year-old Ryder, he’ll look to put further distance between himself and what he believes was a robbery during his showdown against Callum Smith in 2019. Despite Smith being tabbed as head and shoulders above his man, the former WBA 168 pound titlist was given all he could handle. Although Smith managed to retain his world title, Ryder was incredulous with the final result.
Since his controversial defeat, Ryder has reeled off two consecutive victories, including a fifth-round stoppage win over Jozef Jurko in September of 2021.
Presently, considering his recent form, Ryder will saunter into his showdown against Jacobs extremely confident. Still, while Hearn views Ryder as a live dog, he urges the super middleweight contender to look past the lackluster performance of Jacobs and take the former titleholder seriously.
“Danny Jacobs performance against Rosado was under par but Danny Jacobs is an elite super middleweight. He’s a world-class fighter and he’ll be looking to make a big statement. John Ryder will need to produce the performance of his career to beat Daniel Jacobs.”
Daniel Jacobs Vs. John Ryder Set For February 12th Clash
By: Hans Themistode
Daniel Jacobs will look to bounce back from a subpar performance as he’s officially set to take on John Ryder.
As first reported by Sports Illustrated, both sides have agreed to a deal that will see them square off in the main event on February 12th, in London on DAZN.
Ryder, 33, will look to build upon his current two-fight win streak when he takes on Jacobs. Following his controversial unanimous decision loss to Callum Smith in November of 2019, Ryder saw his stock skyrocket. With many in boxing circles believing the rough and rugged contender did more than enough to snag the victory, Ryder has simply shrugged off the disappointing outcome to reel off two straight victories.
In September of 2021, his only appearance of the year, Ryder violently stopped journeymen Jozef Jurko in the fifth round of their showdown. Although Ryder has swapped fists with several former world champions, including Smith and former two-division titlist, Billy Joe Saunders, Jacobs figures to be quite possibly the most difficult challenge of his career.
Since watching his transient middleweight title reign come to an end at the hands of Canelo Alvarez in May of 2019, Jacobs has made a successful transition to the super middleweight division. Officially, the New York native has picked up back-to-back victories at 168 pounds. However, his most recent trip to the ring ended in controversy.
Though he was pegged as a significant favorite against fringe contender Gabriel Rosado in November of 2020, Jacobs struggled mightily throughout. Still, despite what many believed was a clear win for Rosado, Jacobs eked out a close split decision victory. Shortly after, Jacobs admitted that his contentious rivalry with Rosado clouded his better judgment in their contest, leading to his poor performance.
With Jacobs now reunited with long-time head trainer Andre Rozier, the former middleweight titlist will look to emerge as a top contender at 168 pounds with a victory over Ryder.
Joe Smith Jr. Vs. Daniel Jacobs Reportedly Planned For The First Quarter Of 2022
By: Hans Themistode
Joe Smith Jr. is currently lining up his next two fights, one of which, would see him face Daniel Jacobs.
After taking down Maxim Vlasov via majority decision earlier this year, Smith Jr. celebrated his first world title win. Now, for his next act, the Long Island native is reportedly finalizing a two-fight deal, the first of which would come against mandatory challenger Umar Salamov. The Russian native has reeled off seven straight wins since suffering the lone defeat of his career against Damien Hooper.
Seemingly confident in his ability to pick up the win, Smith Jr. already has his next opponent lined up. Should the newly crowned WBO light heavyweight belt holder do what many are expecting, he’ll find himself up against fellow New Yorker, Daniel Jacobs.
As first reported by ESPN’s Mike Coppinger, Jacobs vs. Smith Jr. would take place during the first quarter of 2022. The all New York showdown would presumably go down at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden.
News of the soon to be announced agreement comes as somewhat of a surprise. For most of his career, Jacobs campaigned at the middleweight division. His tenure at the land of 160 was extremely successful as he held the WBA “Regular” and IBF crowns.
After coming up short in a unification bout against Canelo Alvarez in May of 2019, Jacobs moved up to the super middleweight division seven months later. In his debut, Jacobs easily got rid of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. via fifth-round stoppage. He then followed that up with a less than stellar performance against fringe contender, Gabe Rosado. Although Jacobs would ultimately pick up the split decision win, he openly admitted that it wasn’t his best performance in the ring.
Both Jacobs and Smith Jr. grew up around the New York area and attended many of the same amateur tournaments. Being completely candid about the reverence that he currently has for Jacobs, Smith Jr. confessed that he looked up to his soon to be opponent for years.
Now, if he’s able to take care of business against Salamov, Smith Jr. will step into the ring against the man he’s always admired.
Daniel Jacobs: “We Tried To Fight Charlo In His Last Fight But To No Avail”
By: Hans Themistode
Fans were none too pleased when Jermall Charlo vs. Juan Macias Montiel was announced. The prevailing thought process surrounding their contest was that Charlo would simply bulldoze right over his man.
Despite those thoughts, both Charlo and Montiel actually produced a fan-pleasing fight as the two went to war for 12 rounds at the Toyota Center, in Houston Texas on June 19th. Ultimately, Charlo would go on to win via wide unanimous decision. While few are complaining about how their showdown unfolded, Daniel Jacobs, long-time rival of Charlo, revealed that he initially attempted to lock in a date with the Houstonian to settle their beef once and for all.
“What you don’t know is that we tried to fight Charlo in his last fight but to no avail,” said Jacobs during an interview with FightHype.com. “He has to do what’s best for him. No hard feelings from me, we have big plans that I can’t yet reveal but we got something cooking.”
Charlo, 31, has long wanted to get his hands on the Brooklyn, New York native. After constant back and forth trash talk for quite some time, the pair nearly came to blows several years ago. Jacobs stepped right into the face of Charlo during a heated confrontation. The two ended the night by agreeing to face each other in the ring sometime soon. That, of course, has yet to happen.
As for what Jacobs could be alluding to when he mentions “big plans,” the former middleweight titlist is rumored to be in the running for a showdown against WBO light heavyweight titlist, Joe Smith Jr.
The cancer survivor is coming off a controversial split decision win over Gabriel Rosado in November of 2020.
Daniel Jacobs vs. Joe Smith Jr. Possibly Next
By: Hans Themistode
Promoter Eddie Hearn is doing all he can to get former middleweight champion, Daniel Jacobs, one of the biggest fights of his career.
According to reporter Mike Coppinger, Hearn revealed to him several weeks ago, that he fully intended on making a multi-million dollar offer to WBO light heavyweight champion, Joe Smith Jr. Staying true to his word, Hearn did, in fact, send an offer to the Long Island native. Seemingly happy with the terms of the agreement, Smith Jr. appears to be fully on board.
“Just got word from my team that there’s an offer to fight Daniel Jacobs,” said Smith Jr. on his Instagram account. “I love this fight, especially in New York.”
The possible showdown between Smith Jr. and Jacobs comes as somewhat of a surprise. After defeating Maxim Vlasov earlier this year for the vacant WBO title, promoter Bob Arum stated on numerous occasions that he would immediately schedule a unification showdown against WBC/IBF champion, Artur Beterbiev.
Yet, with an unexpected offer to face Jacobs, Smith Jr. appears more than willing to turn his attention towards him. More than anything, facing his fellow New York native allows Smith Jr. to take a trip down memory lane.
“Growing up fighting in the amateurs, there were two fighters, Danny and Will Rosinsky, that I loved going to see fight. Every time I got the opportunity to see them fight, they would destroy their opponent and I learned a lot about the sport of boxing from watching them. I never got the chance to face them in the amateurs due to them being a little older than I was. Unfortunately, when the time came that I was ready, they had become professionals.
In 2015, I got the opportunity to face Will at the Barclay’s Center and to me, it has been one of my biggest accomplishments as a fighter. I learned so much that night.”
As for Jacobs, a move to the light heavyweight division could see his run as a super middleweight short-lived. After losing his IBF middleweight title against Canelo Alvarez in May of 2019, Jacobs grew tired of squeezing his enormous frame down to the 160-pound limit and instead, moved up in weight. The trek eight pounds north has proved to be successful thus far as Jacobs has picked up back-to-back wins against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Gabriel Rosado. The latter, however, ended controversially as most of the boxing world believed Rosado should have been given the nod.
Regardless of just arriving in his new weight class roughly a year and a half ago, Jacobs appears ready to move up. By all accounts, Smith Jr. is set to welcome him with open arms. Not only would a win over the former 160-pound belt holder net him one of the biggest wins of his career, but more importantly, it will allow Smith Jr. to put to bed the one question that has been on his mind since he was a young child.
“I would love to face Danny to end that thought of what if we fought? In my mind as a kid.”
Daniel Jacobs: “I Want To Be A Hall Of Famer, I Think It Would Solidify It If I Became A Two Division Belt Holder”
By: Hans Themistode
Despite the big wins and world titles currently sitting on his mantle, Daniel Jacobs always takes the time to sit back and reflect on how far he’s come.
After being diagnosed in 2011 with osteosarcoma, a common bone cancer, Jacobs has gone on to become a multiple division world champion and has shared the ring with some of boxing’s biggest names, including Gennadiy Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez.
At the age of 33, Jacobs is fully aware that he’s much closer to the end of his career as opposed to the beginning. Still, that doesn’t mean the New York native has any intentions of hanging up his gloves anytime soon.
“I would say I have at least a good three or four years in me left,” said Jacobs during an interview with Brian Custer on the Last Stand Podcast. “I’ve had a tremendous career and I look forward to building my legacy.”
In building his legacy, Jacobs (37-3, 30 KOs) has a bit of refurbishing to do. The switch hitter put on an uninspiring performance against journeymen Gabriel Rosado in his most recent ring appearance. Heading into their showdown, the prevailing thought process was that Jacobs was simply too fast, too strong and flat out too good for Rosado. Regardless of that notion, Jacobs struggled mightily before eking out a highly controversial split decision.
With several months to analyze his performance, Jacobs admits that it wasn’t his proudest moment in the ring. With that said, there were certain factors behind his lackadaisical approach.
“My last performance wasn’t my best performance,” continued Jacobs. “I hate to really make excuses but there were a lot of things going into that fight. I mentally couldn’t be at my best.”
Putting his recent outing to the side, Jacobs believes he has plenty to be proud of. He’s picked up several notable wins against the likes of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Sergiy Derevyanchenko and Peter Quillin. The New York native is now campaigning at super middleweight, and is currently riding a two fight win streak. Considering the names already plastered to his resume, Jacobs believes that if he can simply win another world title in his new home, he will have done enough to reach his ultimate goal.
“I want to be a Hall of Famer. I think it would solidify it if I became a two-division belt holder. Also, if I fought some of the key names. I just really want to give the best version of myself. When my career is done, I want to look back and say I gave it my all and I gave my life to the sport of boxing. I want to be proud of what I’ve done.”
Gabriel Rosado On Controversial Daniel Jacobs Loss: “I Won The Fight, That Man Didn’t Do Nothing To Me”
By: Hans Themistode
Things got pretty confusing following the end of Gabriel Rosado vs Daniel Jacobs this past weekend. After witnessing what many believed was a close decision win for Rosado, he was left incredulous when the judges gave the split decision nod to Jacobs instead.
What made things truly confusing is when the announcer stated “from Philadelphia,” before saying the name Daniel Jacobs. The problem is that Rosado is from Philadelphia, not Jacobs. It may have been a simple mistake that was quickly fixed, but for Rosado, he believes they got it right the first.
“They said from Philadelphia and I raised my hands up and then next you know he won,” said Rosado following following the loss. “He was even surprised but Yo I felt I won the fight. I surprised him. I outboxed him, out jabbed him, I countered him, I made him miss big shots. That man didn’t do nothing to me.”
According to the official numbers, Rosado’s words don’t exactly ring true. In terms of jabs, Rosado held the edge by only one, 22 to 23. Both men landed the same amount of shots to the body, 78-78 and it was Jacobs who held the small edge in terms of power punches landed, 56-55.
The passive and tentative manner in which both fighters fought was a far cry from how they predicted their contest would go down.
With bad blood written all over this event, Jacobs promised to hurt Rosado for the nonstop trash talking that he had thrown in his direction for years. Rosado also promised fireworks, yet, from the opening bell there was nothing explosive about their contest. Instead of a back and forth slugfest, a slow, lackluster fight took place.
Following their 12 dull rounds, Jacobs admitted to getting caught up in the emotions and tried too hard to knock Rosado out. For Rosado though, that was exactly what he was expecting and Jacobs fell right into his trap.
“I’m a veteran so I let the emotions get to him. I let him get caught up but I fought a disciplined fight, a veteran fight, a world-class fight. This guy went to battle with GGG (Gennadiy Golovkin), this guy went to battle with Canelo Alvarez and I made it look easy”
With the loss to Jacobs representing the 13th of his career, Rosado has won just four of his past 14 fights. That in turn has left him completely clueless as to what he’ll do next.
“I don’t know man. I’m a veteran. I don’t know why they didn’t give me a decision, I thought I won. I put on a boxing lesson.”
Daniel Jacobs: “I want All The Champions In The Super Middleweight Division”
By: Hans Themistode
With years of nonstop trash talk coming from Gabriel Rosado, paired with numerous occasions in which both men nearly said forget the gloves to get it on right on the spot, former middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs simply couldn’t find his motivation when the two met in the main event slot at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
Jacobs, 33, was viewed as head and shoulders above Rosado. According to oddsmakers, a stoppage win was expected to take place as he was tabbed a -3000 favorite. Meaning, to win $100 you would have to bet $3,000 on a Jacobs victory.
Yet, despite the odds, the New York native struggled with his Philadelphia rival. The incentive for Jacobs was there but after 12 lackluster rounds, the former two-time middleweight belt holder admitted that the motivation wasn’t there after all.
“I guess a C minus, C plus,” said Jacobs when asked to grade his performance during the post-fight interview. “Definitely wasn’t my best performance or best outing. I wasn’t as aggressive or as fluent as I wanted to be with letting my hands go. I guess I must’ve got caught up with wanting the knockout. It was just one of those days. I guess in boxing your head needs to be 100 percent in the game and I just don’t think I was 100 percent in the game but my experience allowed me to get the victory tonight.”
For Jacobs, his contest against Rosado was the second in the super middleweight division. Although Jacobs (37-3, 30 KOs) was a two-time champion one weight class lower, the Brooklyn product said on numerous occasions that he wanted to slowly get acclimated to life in his new weight class.
Following his unimpressive win against Rosado though, Jacobs believes two fights and one full year at 168 pounds is more than enough time to get adjusted and would like to move on to the elite level of the division.
“I think I can go ahead and partake with some of the big names in the division. I want all the champions in the super middleweight division. Just because I had one lackluster performance doesn’t mean that next time around against better opposition, someone who is going to throw more punches, someone who is going to be actually in there to win is going to cause for a better show.”
With his feud with Rosado now seemingly behind him, Jacobs guarantee’s to be a much better version of himself the next time around. His showing isn’t something that he is proud of but with that being said, Jacobs believes there could be a silver lining.
“I think this is my opportunity even with this performance. Hopefully, a lot of guys would like to fight me based off this performance but I expect to be 100 percent come next time around.”
Daniel Jacobs vs Gabriel Rosado Full Fight Card Recap
Daniel Jacobs vs Gabriel Rosado
Despite the obvious bad blood between the two, Daniel Jacobs (37-3, 30 KOs) and Gabriel Rosado (25-13-1, 14 KOs) produced a dud last night.
Jacobs, a former two-time middleweight champion, found it difficult letting his hands go. After several rounds of lackluster attack, Jacobs seemingly appeared to be on his way to defeat. Unfortunately for Rosado however, he was left on the wrong end of a controversial split decision loss on the night.
Julius Indongo vs Daniyar Yeleussinov
Former unified super lightweight champion Julius Indongo (23-3, 12 KOs) was simply no match for the highly touted Daniyar Yeleussinov (10-0, 6 KOs). After hitting the deck in the opening round, Indongo found himself on the canvas again, this time for good.
For Yeleussinov, it was the most high profile win of his short career. Now, the 29 year old eyes a world title eliminator.
Nikita Ababiy vs Brandon Maddox
Brooklyn, New York’s Nikita Ababiy (10-0, 6 KOs) had a surprisingly difficult time against journeymen Brandon Maddox (7-4-1, 4 KOs). The 22 year old middleweight prospect found the reach and activity of Maddox difficult to deal with early on.
With that being said, Ababiy slowly chipped away and was reward with his efforts at the end of six rounds with a unanimous decision victory.
Emmanuel Tagoe vs Mason Menard
The once beaten Emmanuel Tagoe (32-1, 15 KOs) made it 31 straight wins tonight with a win over Mason Menard (36-5, 25 KOs).
Tagoe, 31, had little to no trouble out boxing his veteran foe at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Despite the some what close scorecards, Tagoe dictated the pace and continued his win streak on the night. The final scorecards were as followed: 95-95, 96-94 and 98-92 all in favor of the African native.
Mahammadrasul Majidov vs Sahret Delgado
It was an absolute clinic that was put on display by Mahammadrasul Majidov (3-0, 3 KOs) at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
His opponent in Sahret Delgado (8-1, 7 KOs) attempted to box on the outside but simply couldn’t keep his man off him. Majidov barreled forward, ate a few shots in order to land his own but his made his count. As their contest continued, Delgado couldn’t keep up with his opponents pace. In the third round, Majidov landed a hard left right combination which essentially left Delgado out on his feet. Within moments the referee stepped in to call a halt to their contest.
Daniel Jacobs: “When Somebody Disrespects You, You Handle It”
By: Hans Themistode
The soft-spoken, gentle side that Daniel Jacobs consistently places on display is a far cry from the aggressive and surly personalities that his hometown of Brooklyn, New York tends to produce.
For the 33-year-old Jacobs however, he’s been more loquacious and hostile during the build up of his super middleweight contest against Gabriel Rosado this coming Friday. Years of trash talk and close physical confrontations have forced Jacobs to flip a switch. Something that he believes many have wanted to see.
“It’s a tad bit different,” said Jacobs during a recent interview with Matchroom Boxing. “People know me for being a gentleman in the sport but there are some fans out there that want to see the grit or see the Brooklyn come out of me and see me actually go at somebody who doesn’t necessarily have the best things to say about me. Where I come from when somebody disrespects you, sometimes you handle it in a way where it comes off like this. A grudge match if you will.”
Engaging in the inconsequential war of words has never been on the mind of Jacobs. To the former two-time middleweight champion, the words of his opponents would simply bounce off him and fall by the wayside. With Rosado though, the words of the Philadelphia native has hit a nerve. While Jacobs is still focused on letting his fists do the talking for him, the beating that he plans on dishing out tomorrow night is one that he is going to truly enjoy.
“I definitely want to teach him a lesson. You can’t say all of the things that he’s said about my career and personal life. It’s just not acceptable.”
Calling Jacobs (36-3, 30 KOs) an overrated fighter is something that he can stomach. Even calling into question his resume while highlighting his failures against Gennadiy Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez is something that he can reluctantly accept without getting agitated. When it comes to his cancer survival story however, Jacobs won’t allow anyone to downplay his life-changing moment.
“That was one of the things that triggered me. Him saying that he pretty much hasn’t gotten the push that I got and they’re pretty much using my cancer story to sell me to the public. To me, that was the ultimate. You don’t say things like that.”
From the very beginning of Jacobs’s career, the 33-year-old was tabbed as a possible star. The Brooklyn product racked up an amateur record of 137 wins against only 7 defeats. Success in the pro ranks quickly followed but his career under the bright lights was thought to be promptly truncated in 2011 due to osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer. Not only did Jacobs refuse to stay down for the entirety of cancer’s ten count, but he managed to make a full recovery 19 months later and would go on to win multiple world titles.
Along his journey, Jacobs has faced some of the best in the sport of boxing including Peter Quillin, Sergiy Derevyanchenko and of course — Golovkin and Alvarez. Sharing the ring with some of those aforementioned names has given Jacobs the blueprint of what a great fighter looks like. And after looking at the traits that Rosado brings to the table in juxtaposition to others, the Brooklyn product is unafraid of what he’ll be facing this Friday night.
“His skill set isn’t the best but it’s enough to respect. The thing that he brings to the table is mostly his grit. Obviously, coming from the mean streets of Philly, I think anybody raised in that system is going to have a certain grit, but his toughness has mostly gotten him beaten up inside the ring.”
With oddsmakers listing Jacobs as a 3000-1 favorite to pick up the win, the hard hitting former champ won’t argue with those who are backing him. For the 33-year-old, he believes a win is virtually a guarantee. Once he’s done making Rosado eat his words tomorrow night, Jacobs has his eyes set on bigger fish.
“Immediately after this fight, I will be campaigning for a championship in the super middleweight division.”
Jermall Charlo: “If I Don’t Get Canelo Then I Want Jacobs”
By: Hans Themistode
From now, until seemingly the end of time, Jermall Charlo and Daniel Jacobs will continue to dislike one another.
For years both fighters have thrown verbal jab, after verbal jab. A few years ago however, the pair nearly traded in their verbal insults for punches to the jaw as the two were caught on camera having a heated discussion.
Although the two have long wanted to settle their beef either in the ring or the nearest alley, they’ve gone their separate ways. For Charlo, the 30 year old surly knockout artist is currently enjoying his most successful run as a professional. Just a few weeks ago, both he and his twin brother in Jermell, headlined the first doubleheader Pay-Per-View event. On the night, Charlo was given his toughest assignment, at least on paper, in Sergiy Derevyanchenko. The two division world champion made it look easy however as he dismantled his man.
At the moment, a matchup with Canelo Alvarez is something that he has continued to push for. But if he isn’t able to secure that showdown, then he wants to shut the mouth of Jacobs once and for all.
“If I don’t get Canelo then I want Jacobs,” said Charlo recently on Instagram live. “I want Jacobs as much as he wants me.”
For Brooklyn’s Jacobs, he’s always made it known that a matchup with Charlo is as personal as can be. With that being said, his focus is solely on Gabriel Rosado since the two will share the ring with one another on November 27th.
Outside of his loss against Canelo Alvarez at the halfway point of 2019, Jacobs has enjoyed a ton of success in the middleweight division. But with the 33 year old struggling to make the 160 pound limit, he opted to move eight pounds north to super middleweight.
A matchup isn’t out of the realm of possibility considering how badly both men want it. Yet, with the amount of trash talking that Jacobs has done over the years, Charlo believes Jacobs would suffer a cruel fate.
“Look at the percentage of when I fight black fighters that talk shit,” explained Charlo. “Think about it, look at what happens to them. I didn’t just beat their ass, I knock them the fuck out.”
It isn’t just Charlo’s vaunted power that gives him the belief that he would clean Jacobs clock with ease. Over the years, Charlo has seen Jacobs on the wrong end of a supposed beating. Whether it was his knockout loss to Dmitry Pirog back in 2010 or his experience from the amateurs, Charlo has seen Jacobs at his worst on more than one occasion.
“I watched him get knocked out in the amateurs, the pro’s all that shit. Knocked the fuck out. Shawn fucking Porter beat Danny. Keith Thurman beat the shit out of Danny Jacobs.”
Daniel Jacobs: “I Have My Eyes On Jermall Charlo”
By: Hans Themistode
Daniel Jacobs, like most fighters, hates answering questions about future opponents when one is already staring him square in the face.
The Brooklyn native currently has a date with journeymen Gabe Rosado on November 27th. The two have had their differences in the past and look to put an end to their rivalry once and for all. But while the former middleweight champ has one eye Rosado, he admitted that he has another eye on someone else.
“One hundred percent,” said Jacobs when asked if he wants to fight Jermall Charlo on the Ak and Barak show. “I’m not overlooking Gabe Rosado but I have my eyes on Jermall Charlo.”
Jacobs, 33, has always wanted to put his hands on Charlo, and during a heated confrontation a few years ago between the two, he nearly did.
Just a few weeks ago, the WBC middleweight titlist pitched a near shutout against Sergiy Derevyanchenko, a man Jacobs defeated as well. For most of the former belt holder’s career, both he and Charlo shared the same division. However, he’s since moved eight pounds north to the super middleweight division. He appeared comfortable at his new weight class, dishing out the beating of a lifetime to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in late 2019.
Squeezing back down to 160 pounds is both unlikely and unnecessary for the Brooklyn native. Why should he put his body through another grueling weight cut when a deal can be worked out to placate both sides.
“From hearing things, Charlo wants to move up. I don’t see why we can’t do it at 68 or just meet in the middle. I don’t want to take him out of his circumstances where he isn’t comfortable and vice versa.”
The championship landscape at 168 pounds is one filled with big names and huge fights. But when questioned about possibly facing anyone else, Jacobs (36-3, 30 KOs) simply paused before cracking a huge smile.
“I want to fight Charlo. I won’t even say anybody else name.”
Whether it’s a matchup with Charlo or a current titleholder at 168 pounds, all of those possibilities will fall by the wayside should Jacobs fall short against Rosado on November 27th.
A possible future fight against Charlo is sure to get the blood of fight fans pumping, something he can’t say about his matchup with Rosado. Despite that, the Brooklyn native is asking for his fans to be patient. The big fights will come the moment he takes care of business next month.
“Let me just get this little knucklehead out of the way. I know people aren’t to hype about this one but I know it’s going to be a competitive fight.”
Daniel Jacobs On Gabe Rosado’s Constant Trash Talk: “It’s Time To See If He Can Back It Up”
By: Hans Themistode
Trash talking, more times than not, usually leads to fistfights. But in the sport of boxing, it rarely does.
Fighters have often gone back and forth both on social media and in person, only to wrap up their insults with “let’s make the fight happen,” before walking away with no actual intention of making said contest.
Yet, in the case of fringe contender Gabriel Rosado, it appears all of his trash talking has gotten him exactly what he wanted.
“Gabe talked his way into this fight,” said Daniel Jacobs in a press release. “Now it’s time to see if he can back it up.”
For years now, Rosado has had an issue with Jacob’s “corny,” image. He repeatedly called out the former two time middleweight world titlist and nearly came to blows with him when the two were face to face late last year.
For the most part, Jacobs treated the Philadelphia native like a nat. Shrugging him off whenever he came around and seldom giving him any attention. With that being said, Jacobs simply couldn’t ignore him anymore. And come November 27th, Rosado will have his undivided attention.
“He’s got a big mouth and he’s been bringing up my name constantly for over a year. But on Nov. 27 the talking stops and I can’t wait to shut him up.”
For Jacobs, the 32 year old has big plans following an up and down 2019. The first half of his year was spent in the spotlight as the boxing world was fixated on his middleweight contest against Canelo Alvarez. The Brooklyn native may have seen another loss added to his record and his title reign truncated, but his stock soared as he gave Alvarez one of the most competitive fights of his career.
The back half of his year was spent rebuilding his image and jumping back into the win column by pummeling Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Now, Jacobs intends on keeping up his newfound momentum when he takes on Rosado at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood Florida.
“My aim is to become a two-weight division world champion in 2021 and that starts with a big win in Florida. After that, I’m ready to step up and fight one of the World champions at 168 pounds.”
Daniel Jacobs And Gabriel Rosado Agree To Terms For November 27th Contest
By: Hans Themistode
During a heated confrontation last year, former middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs nearly came to blows with Gabriel Rosado. The fringe contender has long wanted to get his hands on Jacobs but the former belt holder simply laughed whenever a matchup between them was discussed.
“You will never step foot in the ring with me because you don’t deserve it,” said Jacobs to Rosado during their argument. “I get nothing out of fighting you.”
Fast forward one year later, and it appears Rosado will get his wish after all.
Both Jacobs and Rosado have come to terms for a showdown that will take place on November 27th on DAZN at 168 pounds. For as much as the Philadelphia native is thrilled to have a big profile fight, he was really last on the list for DAZN executives. Originally, the streaming company was hoping to match Jacobs with John Ryder, but once things fell through on that bout, they were forced to settle on Rosado.
For the 34 year old, he’s made a career out of facing the best of the best. And because of his willingness to do so, his record has suffered in a big way as his loss column continues to pile up. With four victories in his last 13 fights, wins are becoming extremely hard to come by for the Philadelphia native. With that being said, he did pick up a fairly dominant win in his last ring appearance against the unheralded Humberto Ochoa.
As for Jacobs, he’s made a career out of facing stiff competition as well, but seldom does he ever come up short in those moments. After coming out on the losing end against Gennadiy Golovkin in 2017, Jacobs strung together three straight victories. The latter resulting in the IBF middleweight championship.
His title reign was immediately truncated however, as he loss a close but clear decision at the hands of Canelo Alvarez at the half way mark of 2019. He’s since bounced back though, beating the living daylights out of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. to the tune of a fifth round stoppage win late last year.
Caleb Plant to Daniel Jacobs: “I Just Don’t Think He’s An A Class Fighter”
By: Hans Themistode
Caleb Plant has always let his feelings be known about the Super Middleweight division.
The IBF champion has taken shots at former belt holder Anthony Dirrell, calling him “old” and saying he “doesn’t have much left in the tank.” He’s dismissed the chances of WBA belt holder Callum Smith beating him. And Plant’s war of words with WBC titlist David Benavidez has also been in the news for the past few years. But now, Plant has his eyes set on another big name fighter. One who’s new to his division.
“He’s been beat,” said Plant when asked about his thoughts on former Middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs. “He’s been in some tough fights and I just don’t think that he’s an A class fighter. Not everyone is an A class fighter right now, but as they go through their career they continue to get better and better and they become an A class fighter. He’s not going to do that. He’s not on the way, he isn’t 25 or 27, he’s out man he’s had his chance.”
This unexpected beef between them started a few weeks ago when Jacobs was asked a question about who he believes is the best champion in his new weight class.
“To say who’s the best is kinda hard to say. But I would say, I mean, all those guys are top,” Jacobs said. “I would probably put Plant at the bottom of those names that you just named. I think Plant is good, but I think, you know, I think he can be beat. He’s beatable. I see a lot of flaws in his game.”
Most fighters tip toe into a division, Jacobs (36-3, 30 KOs) though, stomped his way through.
The former Middleweight belt holder made it look easy against the perpetually underachieving Julio Cesar Chavez Jr on December 20th, 2020. Handing him an early Christmas present in the form of a fifth round one sided beating.
Now that he’s gotten his feet wet, Jacobs is ready to jump right into the deep end. A matchup with Plant (20-0, 12 KOs) isn’t entirely likely but with COVID-19, forcing the sport of boxing into an expected tailspin, there is no telling what matchups we could be presented with when things resume.
On paper, Jacobs has the advantage in roughly every category. Whether it’s strength of resume or just overall punching power, Jacobs has the edge. Something that Plant wouldn’t and couldn’t argue. But being called “beatable” by a fighter who already has three losses on his resume is something that Plant doesn’t want to hear come out of the mouth of Jacobs.
“He keeps saying how beatable I am but as of now I’m undefeated. You’re old, you’re on your way out.”