Advertisement
Advertisement

Jacobs Grateful, Not Worried About 'Paper' Championship

By Keith Idec

Danny Jacobs realizes most boxing fans and media will consider him a paper middleweight champion if he beats Jarrod Fletcher on Saturday night at Barclays Center.

But when you’ve overcome cancer and feel fortunate just to be able to box again, you take that criticism in stride. The 27-year-old Jacobs just wants to defeat Fletcher in one of three bouts Showtime will televise and move forward in a rejuvenated career that was jeopardized when doctors determined Jacobs had osteosarcoma, an aggressive form of bone cancer, in May 2011.

“It doesn’t matter to me,” Jacobs said on a recent conference call. “A secondary champion or the first champion, it doesn’t matter to me. I have an opportunity to fight for a world championship. It’s not my job to make the belts. It’s not my job to put myself in the position to fight for the belts. It’s just my job really to go in there and just be ready to fight whoever they put in front of me. Whatever title is there, I’m very grateful for it. Whether they call me a paper champion or a real champion, I am a champion because each and every time I step in that ring I give it my all. That’s pretty much all I can say about that.”

Brooklyn’s Jacobs (27-1, 24 KOs) and Australia’s Jarred Fletcher (18-1, 10 KOs) will fight for the vacant WBA 160-pound championship. Knockout artist Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) is the WBA’s “super” middleweight champion. Jacobs conceded that even if he overcomes Fletcher he’ll still be a few fights from feeling ready to challenge Golovkin. For more on a potential Jacobs-Golovkin fight, click here: http://www.boxingscene.com/jacobs-not-ready-golovkin-still-see-flaws--80496

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Deeznuts on 08-08-2014

Can't wait till the MW division gets weeded out. If Jacobs wins he will most likely fight Quillin and the winner will someday fight GGG.

Comment by robbyheartbaby on 08-08-2014

Go Jarrod bring that sweet belt home to Australia baby!

Comment by teddycanyon on 08-08-2014

[QUOTE=nycsmooth;14836198]what a farce: fighters, promoter & matchmaker...when did GGG give up his title?????[/QUOTE] they're fighting for the "Regular", GGG is Super champion, which I believe shields him from fighting mandatories.

Comment by nycsmooth on 08-08-2014

what a farce: fighters, promoter & matchmaker...when did GGG give up his title?????

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (4)
Top Headlines Deontay Wilder is on a Mission To 'Beat Povetkin, Unify All Titles' Golovkin's Coach: No Catch-Weight For Amir Khan Cano: I Have The Experience To Beat Lucas Matthysse Barrera: With a Good Strategy, Canelo Can Beat Golovkin Arum: Gilberto Ramirez is The Complete Opposite of Chavez Jr. Daniel Roman Continues To Roll Forward, Beats Robles Thurman: Brook Went 12, Do I Stop Porter? I Plan To Hurt Him! Marquez, Sulaiman Disagree on Canelo-Khan Being Mismatch Photos/Weights: Alex Saucedo vs. Clarence Booth, More Roy Jones Jr. To Fight Again - Against a 'Fan' in Odd PPV Event! Gabriel Campillo Explains Decision To Retire From Boxing Eddie Gomez Extends Pact With Golden Boy Promotions Roman Martinez-Miguel Berchelt Lands at Poliforum Zamna, 3/12 Thurman: Khan Took 'Easier' Canelo, Brook Tougher For Him McJoe Arroyo-Jerwin Ancajas Heads To The Philippines on 4/16 Povetkin's Promoter: I Think We'll Reach Wilder Deal Without Bids McWilliams Arroyo Confident He Can Shock Roman Gonzalez Froch: I Think About a Comeback Every Day, But I'm Realistic Felix Verdejo Has April Fight Set For Puerto Rico Willie Monroe Return is Pushed Back After Opponent Snafu Santa Cruz vs. Martinez: Hunter, Mendez, Marrero Added Marquez: Khan Can Win, But Canelo Can KO Him at Any Time Roman Gonzalez-McWilliams Arroyo Done For Golovkin-Wade Avtandil Khurtsidze, Giovanni Lorenzo Set For Broadway Boxing Vargas Predicts He'll Make Sadam Ali Quit; 'Not On My Level' Wlodarczyk Faces Brudov on 3/4, Shumenov in Play For April Abel Sanchez Not Viewing Andre Ward's Inactivity as Advantage Quigg Motivated By Fear of Losing as Frampton Bout Nears Khan: Mayweather, Pacquiao Would Be Easier Than Canelo! Ballisai Replaces Kevin Mitchell in Tatli EBU Title Fight on 3/18 Pungluang Sor Singyu Retains WBO Belt With Technical Nod Win Mayweather Stumped on Who Would Win Fury vs. Wilder Floyd Mayweather: Timing Was Not Right For Amir Khan Bout Roy Jones Jr. and Kevin Mitchell: A Tale of Two Retirements McWilliams Arroyo Creeps In, Eyed For Roman Gonzalez Bout Marquez Says There Have Been Talks For Miguel Cotto Bout Photos: Povetkin Getting Jacked, in Beast Mode For Deontay Wilder Estrada's Promoter Questions Chocolatito's Pound For Pound Rank Luis Ortiz Content With Random Testing To Prove He's Clean Bob Arum: I Don't Ever Want To Retire! Why Would I?
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement