Daniel Jacobs is close to securing his opportunity to redeem himself in a super middleweight fight.

BoxingScene.com has confirmed that representatives for Jacobs and John Ryder have nearly completed a deal for them to meet in a 12-round super middleweight match February 12 in London. O2 Arena is among the potential venues for a main event DAZN will stream.

Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix, who is part of DAZN’s broadcast team, first reported that negotiations for a Jacobs-Ryder bout were in the advanced stages.

Brooklyn’s Jacobs, who will turn 35 on February 3, hasn’t fought since he edged Gabriel Rosado by split decision in their 12-round, 168-pound bout a year ago at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Jacobs (37-3, 30 KOs) defeated Philadelphia’s Rosado (26-14-1, 15 KOs, 1 NC) on two scorecards (115-113, 115-113, 113-115), but he drew a lot of criticism for failing to engage during much of a closely contested fight Jacobs had repeatedly predicted he would win in dominant fashion.

London’s Ryder, 33, has won back-to-back bouts since the southpaw surprisingly pushed former WBA super middleweight champion Callum Smith in a November 2019 fight for the belt Smith lost a year later to Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez.

Ryder (30-5, 17 KOs) stopped Slovakia’s Jozef Jurko (8-4, 6 KOs) in the fifth round of his most recent fight, which took place September 10 in Klagenfurt, Austria. In the fight after Ryder lost a unanimous decision to England’s Smith (28-1, 20 KOs), Ryder went the distance with American Mike Guy (13-7-1, 6 KOs), who lost a 10-round unanimous decision to Ryder last December 18 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Handlers for Jacobs attempted to make a bout between the former IBF middleweight champ and WBO light heavyweight champ Joe Smith Jr. before they turned their attention to the Ryder fight.

Smith (27-3, 21 KOs), of Mastic, New York, agreed last month to make an optional defense of his WBO belt against England’s Callum Johnson (20-1, 14 KOs) on January 15 at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. ESPN will televise Smith-Johnson as a 12-round main event as part of its exclusive content partnership with Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.