Hearn Wants Saunders To Win For A Jacobs Matchup
Billy Joe Saunders will battle David Lemieux on December 16th in Laval, Quebec, and Eddie Hearn wants to see Billy Joe Saunders defeat the Canadian. Not because both Saunders and Hearn are British, but because Hearn knows Saunders would come to Brooklyn to face Daniel Jacobs.
While if Lemieux wins, Hearn as well as many believe that he will face the winner of the Canelo Alvarez- Gennady Golovkin rematch, due to Lemieux being signed to Golden Boy which also represents Alvarez.
Regardless, Hearn has already told Tom Loeffler, Golovkin’s promoter, that Jacobs is ready to fight Golovkin again if Golovkin can’t get an immediate rematch against Alvarez. Jacobs lost a close unanimous decision and snapped Golovkin’s 23-fight knockout streak March 18 at Madison Square Garden.
“I think the winner of that [Saunders-Lemieux] fight against Danny Jacobs is a natural fight as well,” Hearn said during the most recent episode of CompuBox TV’s “Inside Boxing Live” podcast.
“Our concern is if Lemieux wins, they’ll try and hold him up for the winner of Canelo and Golovkin. But I said to Tom Loeffler the other day, ‘Listen, if Canelo-Golovkin doesn’t happen, we’re ready to go with Jacobs-Triple-G 2.’
“So again, we wanna be in control of our own destiny. We not really waiting on anyone. We wanna get our date, know that Danny Jacobs can have four, five weeks off with his family, enjoy his Christmas and get straight back into camp. I think that’s important for any fighter, to have a strategy and a plan and a schedule, rather than just waiting for a call that might take three or four months to come. That’s very disheartening to be so inactive, and the plan with Danny Jacobs is to be as busy as possible.”
Jacobs beat Milwaukee’s Luis Arias by unanimous decision on November 11th and is slated to return in April for a fight at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.