Jacobs Looking At Title Defense April 11

He is on the real-short list of most likeable boxers in the game today, is Danny Jacobs, and he was his typical charming self when we chatted on Friday, with me seeking an update on when he’ll be gloving up next.

The Brooklyner told me it’s looking like April 11, against TBA, venue TBA, the first defense of the WBA “regular” 160 crown he holds.

First, I got a report on his birthday, Feb. 3. The day went well, as he wined and dined his galpal who interestingly enough shares the same date of birth. Jacobs said he also enjoyed a Q n A chat he did for Showtime, with the best question being how he thinks he’d stack up against some all-time greats, like, say, Marvin Hagler. His quite reasonable reposnse was lol, that Hagler was a beast, a tough nut to crack. “I haven’t reached my prime yet,” he told me. “When I do, I could see that I can hang with him. But he’s a rugged guy.”

Another recent highlight was his TV commercial, which ran in the Tri-State area during the Super Bowl, for NY-Prestbyterian Hospital, which hosted the fighter as he battled cancer a few years back.

The hitter told me that a fight with Peter Quillin was discussed, and he wanted it, for the belt that would have been up for grabs, but Quillin gave up the belt, and Andy Lee and Matt Korobov battled for it. Lee won the WBO version and will now face Quillin for the strap, it was announced yesterday.

I told DJ that BJ Saunders is to get winner, news to him…

He said he’s now much in the mode of wanting to give fans big fights, and that the last couple years has been about getting himself back to top form. He’s there now, and says fans should like the foe chosen for his next bout.

Hey, since Gennady Golovkin holds the WBA “super” belt, would they ever tangle? “Anything is a possibility,” he told me. “I think it’s more so everybody being able to deal with one another now. It’s definitely not NOT a possibility.”

And how would he deal with Triple G? He cracked a joke about not answering that he’d be going in to lay down…but also said he’d like another long fight to shed more rust, and really round into form before taking on a Golovkin. Props for humility and honesty…

“I think I can beat the best. But it’s all about gaining experience.”

We agreed that it is now more likely that a fighter isn’t at their peak but owns a belt, what with the superfluity of straps. The fighter agreed that there are too many, but we both agreed that those belts, even the “minor” ones, are nice snags for people who can, indeed, lose their life while on the job. If a “minor” belt bucks them up, then that’s not a bad thing, we agreed.

We also agreed that the #MayPac situation wasn’t all that good for sport, as all of us are waiting for that other shoe to drop. “I do think it’ll happen, I just have that feeling, it’s not based on inside info. I think it’s about him knowing his legacy and especially that it’s what the fans want.”

The boxer said he’s now an Al Haymon guy, with no Golden Boy affiliation, and is content to have Haymon steer that ship. “I’m focused on big fight. The last two years was about getting good. Now I’m good.”

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COMMENTS

-deepwater2 :

It?s definitely not NOT a possibility, hey does two negatives make a positive in this case? Jacobs has a legitimate excuse for taking his time back up to the top, he battled the big C for crying out loud. Quitlin lost whatever fans he had for the most part by dropping the belt. Things happen in life but a champion is supposed to be a champion.Leading up to the Superbowl, The Seahawks player, Sherman, was thinking about dropping out of the big game because his wife was about to give birth. Not one of us though he would pull a Quillin, and he did not. He played the game. GGG is the top man at the weight and Cotto beat the lineal. All of these guys should be calling out the top man instead of playing matchmaker. Go Andy Lee!


-Bernie Campbell :

No disrespect here but "Who the hell has Jacobs fought for a title worthy person"? I say his next oponnent should be Jerry Seinfeld! We know where Danny's bread is buttered! What ever happened to that Russian who popped him that night and disappeared into obscurity never to fight again! Wow, talk about laying a stink bomb! Please dont waste our time with stories about Jacobs anymore please!


-The Commish :

No disrespect here but "Who the hell has Jacobs fought for a title worthy person"? I say his next oponnent should be Jerry Seinfeld! We know where Danny's bread is buttered! What ever happened to that Russian who popped him that night and disappeared into obscurity never to fight again! Wow, talk about laying a stink bomb! Please dont waste our time with stories about Jacobs anymore please!
Are you kidding? Do you know anything about boxing? Do you even like boxing? The Russian who "popped him" was Dmitry Pirog, who had to retire three fights after facing Jacobs because of a nagging back injury which would not allow him to train properly. As far as Jacobs losing to Pirog, it was, first and foremost, a bad managerial job taking on the highly-decorated fighter that was Pirog as an amateur. Secondly, Jacobs was, unbeknownst to anybody, already battling cancer when he took the fight. Doctors are amazed he trained--and then fought--with the battle his body was waging from within. Is it Jacobs' fault there are so many sanctioning bodies and each is loaded with championship belts? Diamond ones. Silver ones. Regular ones. If Jacobs didn't fight for the WBA's "regular" Middleweight Title, somebody else would have. You make it seem as if Jacobs robbed the title from someone at gunpoint. Waste our time with stories about Jacobs? Are you kidding? He is an inspiration. I know three people who are battling the big "C," and look to Jacobs as their personal inspiration and ray of hope. We need more stories about Danny Jacobs. A lot more! When they are posted here, you shouldn't read them. You have very little boxing knowledge, very little understanding of the inner workings of the sport and zero compassion. If anything was a waste of my time, it was reading YOUR inane, senseless, tasteless, worthless, poorly-worded post. Pick on me if you want. Leave Danny Jacobs out of it. Danny Jacobs is way out of your league! -Randy G.


-Bernie Campbell :

Whats the point in splitting hairs about Jacobs! We all have our gifts Randy, Boxing so much needs consistency! Nevermind these titles given out to mascots of the sport...like I said Jacobs hasnt fought anybody! The Middleweight Champ recognized is Triple G, The Supermiddleweight honor goes to Andre Ward Period! Clowns of recognition dole out titles like candy!


-The Commish :

Whats the point in splitting hairs about Jacobs! We all have our gifts Randy, Boxing so much needs consistency! Nevermind these titles given out to mascots of the sport...like I said Jacobs hasnt fought anybody! The Middleweight Champ recognized is Triple G, The Supermiddleweight honor goes to Andre Ward Period! Clowns of recognition dole out titles like candy!
I'm not splitting hairs. I don't feel my time--or the time of any of us--is being wasted when a story is written about a talented fighter such as Danny Jacobs. The guy does nothing but train hard, live clean, does tons of charity work, is accessible to the fans and the media, and is a shining example of hope and inspiration in the face of Cancer. He didn't talented Dmitry Pirog but beat the more dangerous and dreaded Cancer. That's impressive. I want to read more about that. Maybe you don't. So, when the next story on Danny Jacobs appears, here's what you should do: Don't read it! -Randy G.


-Bernie Campbell :

Too many politics in sports, too much lack of objectivity by the media, too many homers by sportscasters! Maybe we should declare Oliver McCall champ in recess! Talk about a guy with a pair of onions after the Lewis defeat!