At 34 years old, Daniel Jacobs (37-3, 30 KOs) is likely nearing the last leg of his career, and at this point, he’s focused on cementing his legacy against some of the sport’s biggest names.
Jacobs, a Brooklyn native, has won five of his last seven bouts. After suffering a decision defeat to Gennadiy Golovkin in 2017, he put together a three-fight winning streak that saw him earn the IBF Middleweight title with a split-decision victory over Sergiy Derevyanchenko in 2018.
His reign as champion was short-lived, though, as he surrendered the strap in his following fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Since coming up short on the cards against Canelo, however, the “Miracle Man” has won back-to-back fights over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Gabriel Rosado.
Now competing at 168 pounds, Jacobs is looking to make a return to the ring. To solidify his legacy, he has his sights set on earning a title in a second division, but he also isn’t opposed to taking on some of the biggest names available at 160 pounds.
“It would be solidified if I was to become a two-division belt holder,” Jacobs said on a recent edition of The Last Stand Podcast with Brian Custer. “I think it would also be solidified if I fight the key names (Charlo, GGG rematch) and look spectacular, or have an Arturo Gatti/Micky Ward type fight. I’m down for all of that!”
A fight against Jermall Charlo, who currently holds the WBC’s version of the Middleweight title, is one that specifically piques the interest of Jacobs. Charlo is currently scheduled to defend his title against Juan Macias Montiel on June 19 on Showtime, but a fight between him and Jacobs is one Jacobs hopes can happen down the line.
“That’s one of the fights that I want as far as my legacy fights,” he said. “I do see that as a big fight, and it has been brewing for a long time, so I don’t see why it can’t happen.”
Regardless of who Jacobs gets matched up against in his next fight, one important factor to note is the possible return of longtime trainer Andre Rozier. The two previously parted ways, but according to Jacobs, they are now working on repairing their relationship.
It’s currently unclear whether or not the two will resume training together full time, but it certainly seems possible that Rozier could return to Jacobs’ side as the former titleholder looks to put a stamp on a successful career.
“Anything is possible,” Jacobs said. “We’re just working on our relationship. We trained one time which is cool just to be back in that good company. I love it. That spark has been something I’ve been missing, and I’m just looking forward to building on that.”