Jacobs Unhappy with Chavez, Eyes Bigger Fights in 2020
Daniel Jacobs got the win over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. last night in Phoenix, Arizona, but the fight’s circumstances left many, including Jacobs himself, unhappy.
After Chavez won a litigation battle just to ensure the fight could take place, he missed weight by five pounds over the 168-pound super middleweight limit — Chavez essentially weighed in as a light heavyweight.
To make matters more controversial, after Chavez agreed to a significant, undisclosed purse fine for the fight to go on at a catchweight, the two were producing a widely-praised, competitive bout. But that all ended after the fifth round, with Chavez quitting in his corner.
The cause that made Chavez quit has been ranged from a broken hand, to a broken nose, to breathing problems. Some felt Chavez was just looking for a way out.
Either way, his withdrawal from the match angered fans at the Talking Stick Resort Arena, who threw debris to the ring, to Chavez and (inadvertently) the commentary teams. Security quickly emptied the arena.
“To me, it wasn’t my debut at super middleweight,” Jacobs said. “This is so disrespectful, this was at cruiserweight. His jab was so heavy, physically he was a bigger man. I tried my best to be elusive and box, he was a heavy man. I tried to counter his punches. They’re stealing my victory, man.
“It took me two or three rounds honestly. I don’t know what he had left. I don’t know if he had something up his sleeves, but I just wanted to be acclimated. I made sure I could take punches, see if he wanted to brawl. But for now, I’m comfortable with the victory, and now I can’t enjoy the victory, but I did my part.
Despite what happened with this last fight, the former two-time middleweight champion now seeks another big fight and has a few names in mind for opponents — including WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo, IBF middleweight champion Gennadiy Golovkin and WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders.
“This wasn’t necessarily at super middleweight,” Jacobs said. “He fought a cruiserweight. I want to move forward and prove I’m the best. It’s a matter of getting acclimated and moving forward in the right direction.
I want to fight the biggest in the division. I want Jermall Charlo and GGG again. There’s Billy Joe Saunders and a lot of other champions.
GGG and Jacobs previously met in March 2017, when GGG was WBA (Super) and WBC middleweight champion and Jacobs was WBA (Regular) champion. Jacobs proved to be GGG’s toughest test at that point but ultimately lost by decision.
Original Story: Boxing Scene