Daniel Jacobs believes he should have mastered a “monster” in Gennady Golovkin and promises to put things right against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez this weekend.
Despite fighting for the opportunity to become the world’s best middleweight against Saul Alvarez at the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night, the 32-year-old already believes that he’s unofficially holding the top spot in the 160lbs division.
A widely-disputed loss to Gennady Golovkin in 2017 convinced Jacobs that he was the man to beat, and when the heavy-handed Kazakh star controversially went 0-1-1 with Canelo, the man from Brooklyn was further convinced that he is top dog in the division.
Speaking to the media Jacobs has been quoted as saying “One hundred per cent I’m the best middleweight out there right now,”
“I went in there with Golovkin, the monster who no one wanted to face, and most would agree that I was the one who boxed better throughout and that my hand should’ve been raised. Golovkin has then gone on to defeat Canelo twice in my opinion, and although the official results say otherwise, I take a lot from my fight with Golovkin, and Golovkin’s fights with Canelo to believe that I’m the best middleweight there is right now. May 4th in Vegas is when you see me make it official.”
The “Miracle Man” is returning to Sin City for the first time since suffering a 5th round TKO defeat to Dmitry Pirog in the summer of 2010. After extinguishing the doubts and negativity that were casted in the aftermath of the loss, Jacobs has successfully gone onto multiple world level wins since regrouping, but admits avid concerns about those scoring the fight from ringside this coming weekend.
“There’s a part of me that believes that I’m fighting with the judges as well as Canelo and history tells you that. He got what he wanted against GGG in two fights and you can also look at some of the cards he got against [Erislandy] Lara and [Miguel] Cotto too.
“Even against Floyd one of the judges gave it a draw. That’s what I’m up against. I just intend to do a dominant job and trust my own ability in the fight and if I do that and put the fight in my favour without any doubt whatsoever then I don’t think there can be any issues from the judges. It shouldn’t have to be that way, but that’s where I’m at right now. If I’m at my best, then there’s no way they can take it from me.”
For Jacobs, boxing has been a series of challenges and battles in and out of the ring without providing him with the universal credit that may have already been his if not for the slightest of margins.
With a world title firmly attached to his waist following a one-round knockout victory over Peter Quillin in December 2015, and a brief battle with cancer also on his list of obstacles that were overcome, Jacobs is adamant that he wont rest peacefully until he’s globally recognised as the world’s number one middleweight.
“I’ve come up the hard way and for a very long time I’ve had to prove people wrong who were perhaps unsure about my ability. My career hasn’t gone to plan because of the setbacks I’ve faced, but I’m still here and I’m so close to grabbing everything I’ve ever dreamed of.
“People said GGG hit too hard and I took everything he had and there’s no way that Canelo hits that hard. He’s a smaller middleweight than me and I may have to adjust to his size and speed in the early going, but even though he holds most of the belts and it’s largely his titles we’re fighting for, I already see myself as the best middleweight out there and the whole world will agree with me after I’ve defeated Canelo.”
Watch Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez vs Daniel Jacobs at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas from 12.30am in the early hours of Sunday morning on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action.
By Kenny Leavett.