Billy Joe Saunders

Daniel Jacobs: Who’s Next for the Dangerous Middleweight Contender

Daniel Jacobs (34-2, 29 KOs) defeated Maciej Sulecki (26-1, 10 KOs) by unanimous decision on Saturday night, April 28. Jacobs has now won his last two bouts and is ranked top three by all sanctioning bodies.

His quest to conquer the Middleweight division continues.

Jacobs’ next fight needs to be against Jermall Charlo (27-0, 21 KOs), Billy Joe Saunders (26-0, 12 KOs), Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs), or a rematch with the undefeated champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs).

Jermall Charlo

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Daniel Jacobs and Jermall Charlo have exchanged words in person, and via social media. Jacobs called out Charlo in the post fight interview on Saturday night.

“If Brooklyn wants Charlo, Charlo where you at boy? Come see me! I’m the king of Brooklyn,” said Jacobs.

Jacobs wants to prove he is an elite Middleweight, a non-title fight with Charlo will do a lot for his status in the division.

A fight that will be a headliner at Barclays Center makes sense financially, and for both fighters looking to be the best Middleweight.

Gennady Golovkin

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Daniel Jacobs wants a rematch with Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. Jacobs lost a close unanimous decision to GGG in March of2017.

Many believed Jacobs earned a draw in that bout and he is seeking redemption. “I want to prove to the world that I’m the best Middleweight,” said Jacobs after defeating Maciej Sulecki.

Jacobs hasn’t fought any premier opponents after the loss to GGG. He trails Charlo and Canelo in terms of the rankings, thus a GGG fight might not happen unless he fights one of the aforementioned fighters first.

It is clear that a rematch with GGG is his preference, only time will tell if GGG wants to fight Jacobs a second time.

Billy Joe Saunders

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Daniel Jacobs vs. Billy Joe Saunders for the WBO Middleweight championship would be an intriguing matchup. Saunders is scheduled to defend his title in June and would be looking for an opponent after that fight.

A Jacobs vs. Saunders fight would face two obstacles–location and management. Saunders is an undefeated champion that primarily fights in the United Kingdom. Jacobs’ manager, Eddie Hearn, and Saunders’ manager, Frank Warren, are known to not work with each other.

“Ultimately we want the guys with the belts,” said Jacobs after his victory on Saturday night. Jacobs wants a title shot, Saunders is his only option other than GGG.

Canelo Alvarez

Canelo Alvarez

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Daniel Jacobs vs. Canelo Alvarez isn’t likely because of layoff for Canelo, but it should be a fight on the table for September or beyond.

Both Jacobs and Canelo have shown they aren’t scared to fight the best of the best. This matchup could prove which man will take over the Middleweight division.

Canelo is currently on a six-month suspension due to his two failed drug test prior to the rematch scheduled with Gennady Golovkin. He can return in September and will be in need of an opponent.

Odds are Canelo would look for a tune-up fight, then get back in the mix for a Middleweight championship belt. If GGG moves on from Canelo, Canelo vs. Jacobs would be a smart move.


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