Tha Boxing Voice’s Nestor Gibbs was at it again as he caught up with the new WBA Middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs. On Saturday night, Jacobs was impressive in a 5th round TKO of Australia’s Jarrod Fletcher. But, what Jacobs was able to overcome cannot be described as just impressive.
Impressive is an understatement when it comes to Daniel Jacobs. On Saturday, Jacobs became the first cancer-surviving world champion boxer.
Jacobs came out quick in the first round, throwing bombs that moved Fletcher around the ring. Was this a part of an intimidation strategy from Jacobs? “I did not want to put intimidation on him the first round,” commented Jacobs. I just wanted to see what his heart was made of.”
Jacobs spent eight weeks preparing for Jarrod Fletcher, a fight which he truly dominated to the appreciation and applause of the crowd. Did Jacobs ever envision such a moment in his career? “I have always envisioned this,” said Jacobs. “We just pictured ourselves always having this opportunity to have our hand raised in victory.”
At the end of the bout, Jacobs called out WBO Middleweight champion, Peter Quillin. A bout with Quillin would make financial sense with both fighters promoted by Golden Boy Promotions. In addition, it would be a huge draw at the Barclays Center. How confident is Jacobs that this fight can be booked? “I am not the businessman, but Al Haymon is a phenomenal businessman,” replied Jacobs. “I am sure he can get the job done.” Haymon advises both fighters and this is a fight that he would want to make in the future.
Now with the “regular” WBA Middleweight Title under his belt, Daniel Jacobs will eventually seek out the “super” title held by Gennedy Golovkin. Golovkin, is coming off a third round technical knockout win over Australia’s Daniel Geale. Golovkin (30-0, 27 KO), has knocked out his past 16 opponents.
K2 Promotions has no history with Golden Boy Promotions, however, unlike Top Rank, they do not have any history of not doing business. Can the fight be made? “If they can make it happen then let’s make it happen,” said Jacobs. “I am willing to fight any middleweight out there in the world.”
If there is any fighter in particular that Jacobs wants to face, it is Peter Quillin. No, he is not ducking Gennedy Golovkin. “This is a fight that we can make happen here in Brooklyn, New York,” added Jacobs. “I do not want to fight outside of Brooklyn, New York for a long time. This is home for me.”
How would Golovkin and Jacobs compare in the ring? What does Jacobs think about his adversary? “Golovkin is definitely stronger than me,” said Jacobs. “He is a bigger puncher, but I feel like I am the better mover, the better boxer.” Can this fight happen? Who do you think will come out on top?