Daniel Jacobs believes he will fare much better against Canelo Alvarez the second time around.  

The former middleweight titleholder from Brooklyn is looking to revive his career at the super middleweight limit against London’s John Ryder this Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Alexandra Palace in London.  

Jacobs was a prominent name in the middleweight ranks not too long ago, having gone up against the likes of Gennadiy Golovkin, Sergiy Derevyanchenko, and Canelo Alvarez, to whom he lost by unanimous decision in May of 2019 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in a middleweight unification bout. Since then, Jacobs has seen his currency fade with a lackluster performance against Gabriel Rosado in his last fight in 2020; Jacobs beat Rosado by split decision, but many felt the fight could have easily gone in Rosado’s favor.

Jacobs (37-3, 30 KOs) hopes that an impressive performance against Ryder (30-5, 17 KOs) will launch his name back into title discussion, perhaps one that will lead to a shot at Alvarez; the 31-year-old Mexican superstar currently owns all the belts in the 168-pound division.

“Absolutely,” Jacobs said of his interest in fighting Alvarez again during a recent media scrum. “I think anybody would be interested in the fight, let alone a rematch of somebody of that nature.

“Canelo is one of the best fighters of our generations. For me, being at a different weight class, being 100% healthy, come Saturday night you’ll first see, but after that sky’s the limit for me.”

Jacobs pointed out that making weight at the middleweight limit was getting torturous for him at the time of the Alvarez bout. The eight extra pounds he is allowed to carry with him, he believes, would make the difference in a rematch.

“I think I’ll have a different physical body,” Jacobs said. “I’ll have a physical advantage simply because I wouldn’t be drained of weight. I had to go through a lot to make 160 pounds that’s why I moved up. Who knows what the future has in store [for me].”

The 35-year-old Jacobs said he took away key lessons from the Alvarez fight, which was mostly competitive, especially in the second half of the bout.

“You learn most importantly that when you share the ring with a guy of that stature the little bit of things separates you from the people of those caliber,” Jacobs said. “You can be top-tier, but it’ll be maybe a little bit of conditioning, maybe you should’ve thrown your jab a little bit more, little subtle things. It’s not a drastic difference, but you learn from each and every fight, especially from guys like that.”