Jacobs Not Interested In Derevyanchenko Rematch


While Daniel Jacobs really respects Sergiy Derevyanchenko, he isn’t interested in a rematch unless he wins a world middleweight title.

“A rematch with Sergiy?,” Jacobs asked following his win over Derevyanchenko for the vacant IBF middleweight title. “You think that makes sense right now? If he was to prove himself or maybe capture a title, maybe. But that’s not even my thought process right now. I’m going for the bigger, better opposition. Not to say that he wasn’t that, meaning bigger fights, marquee fights, the fights that will solidify my legacy. We’re looking for those fights.”

Jacobs beat Derevyanchenko by split decision in their 12-round title fight on Saturday night in The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Judges Tom Schreck and Steve Weisfeld both scored their fight 115-112 for Jacobs, while judge Julie Lederman had it 114-113 for Derevyanchenko.

“I’m just trying to prove to the world that I’m the best middleweight,” Jacobs said.

“All these guys are picking and choosing who they wanna fight. They’re not picking the best fights out there, but yet they claiming the title of, ‘I’m the best,’ or, ‘I’m the most feared.’ You gotta show and prove, and tonight I fought one of the best middleweights in the division. You guys might not have heard of him, but if you study exactly who he is and what he brings to the table, we fought one of the best middleweights in the world. And I’m proud of myself.”

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