Jacobs Willing To Move Up To 168 For Canelo
Daniel Jacobs is willing to do what he can to get his shot at Canelo Alvarez, even if he can’t unify at 160 pounds.
Jacobs would be in the ring following Alvarez’ debut at super middleweight on December 15th, when the current WBA and WBC middleweight champion would win the WBA “regular” super middleweight crown against Rocky Fielding.
“It doesn’t matter to me,” Jacobs told BoxingScene.com about what weight Canelo would want the fight at. “I’ll move up to 68 for that opportunity. I think it’d be worse for him, though, if I move up to 68. I’m already a big middleweight. I would be probably be one of the biggest fighters he’s ever faced.”
Alvarez’ promoter Oscar De La Hoya told Lance Pugmire last week that Jacobs nor Gennady Golovkin will be on the other side of the ring from Alvarez on May 4th. The leading contender heading into last week was David Lemieux, who had to pull out of his co-main event fight after being hospitalized with dehydration.
“It’s an unfortunate situation, I guess, for Lemieux,” Jacobs said. “I hope he’s OK. For me, being a champion and being one of those top players that the fans of Canelo and fight fans in general wanna see, it’s the only fight that makes sense. And we know that De La Hoya sometimes likes to [make fights] within his stable.
“But now that he doesn’t have a decent opponent, he’s not gonna just throw him in there with a regular scrub. If he does, he’s gonna get a lot of backlash. My point is, it puts me in a good position to let the fight get made and puts me in a good position to give the fans what they wanna see.”t.
“I think it’s evident,” Jacobs said of De La Hoya not wanting the New York native facing Alvarez next. “Oscar’s a fighter. He’s a promoter, but he’s a fighter first, so he understands exactly what fighters bring to the table. And I’m a lot of risk. There’s a lot of challenges he’ll face inside that ring, I think more so than if he fought Triple-G. So for me, it’s really just about cornering Golden Boy and just making sure there’s no other way to go but a fight with me, whenever they choose.”
Initial Report: Boxing Scene