Hearn Feels Jacobs Beat GGG Last Year
Boxing’s middleweight division has gone through a shake-up over the past couple of months, and that continues at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 27, when Daniel Jacobs and Sergiy Derevyanchenko meet to determine the new IBF champion.
The other three major middleweight boxing titles all have new faces as titleholders as well. Canelo Alvarez defeated the previously-unbeaten Gennady Golovkin in September for the WBA (Super) and WBC Middleweight Titles, and Demetrius Andrade won the WBO Title last week after Billy Joe Saunders was stripped of the title for a failed drug test.
Jacobs came up just short against Golovkin in a March 2017 title bout, losing the WBA (Regular) Middleweight Title in the process. Jacobs was GGG’s toughest test to that point, and he became the first man since 2008 to go the distance with GGG.
What’s next for the middleweight division is unknown, as Golovkin has made no plans since the loss to Alvarez, while Alvarez will step up to super middleweight for a Dec. 15 WBA title shot with Rocky Fielding at MSG.
Eddie Hearn, Jacobs’ promoter, says that Jacobs has the opportunity in front of him to not only regain a middleweight title but to also open the doors to a variety of possible big title fights.
“Many believe, and I’m one of them, that [Jacobs] beat Gennady Golovkin in this building, and if that’s the case I believe you have every right to call him the best middleweight in the world,” Hearn said. “But on Saturday, he has a chance to do that and to move forward to those super fights, those other defining fights that could be out there: a Golovkin rematch, a Canelo fight, a unification fight with Andrade. These are the nights that lay ahead for Danny Jacobs and I know what it means to him to be victorious on Saturday night.”
Jacobs anticipates all the possible opportunities, but first, he will have to get by Derevyanchenko, an undefeated Ukrainian fighter who has sparred with him previously. Both have also trained under Andre Rozier and Gary Stark Sr., with the former training Jacobs for this title fight, while Stark trains Derevyanchenko.
“To see these guys on the opposite side of the ring come fight night, it’s going to be bittersweet,” Jacobs said. “We all knew each other for a very, very long time, so it’s almost as if we’re like family. But this is why we do it, for the love of the sport.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene