Jacobs “Hungry” Ahead Of Super Middleweight Debut
Seven months after losing his middleweight titles to Canelo Alvarez, Daniel Jacobs is happy heading into his debut at super middleweight on Friday night.
Jacobs is set to face Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in Phoenix, Arizona in a Matchroom Card airing on DAZN, and is taking very well to fighting at a higher weight class.
“It’s been amazing,” said Jacobs. “I’ve been able to be genuinely happy, to focus only on training and focus only on my skillset and not on the idea of cutting 10 to 15 pounds before the weigh in. So, it’s a big deal for me and I’m happy and I’m looking forward to showing everyone in the world that it wasn’t an excuse last time around.
“It was the actual fact of me cutting the weight and that would make a difference in the previous fights that I’ve been having. So now you’re going to see, in my opinion, a better version of myself and I look forward to that.”
“I’m able to be a lot freer when it comes to putting more food and necessary foods in my body,” Jacobs said. “I don’t have to limit myself and most importantly, I don’t have to go through that weight cut process that always drains me the 48 hours before the fight.
“I think with this last fight; it really took a toll on me. Obviously, we know the stipulations. I was in a contract with my last bout, so that was a clear indication for me that maybe I need to try and test the waters in 168 pounds just to give myself an opportunity to be myself, to be 100 per cent and camp has been beautiful.”