Jacobs Didn't Seriously Consider Replacing Canelo On Short Notice

By Keith Idec

Daniel Jacobs badly wants to fight Gennady Golovkin again.

Not so much, though, that Jacobs seriously considered volunteering to replace Canelo Alvarez once the suspended superstar pulled out of his May 5 rematch against Golovkin two weeks ago. Jacobs already was deep into training camp for his April 28 fight against Maciej Sulecki when Alvarez withdrew, thus he didn’t think it was a realistic option.

“Well, it was a thought, but it wasn’t nothing that was very significant,” Jacobs said during a conference call Tuesday. “I mean, I had obviously a contract [to fight] Sulecki and I wanna make sure he has his opportunity and give him his just due as well, with all due respect. And he’s a tough opponent, too, so I know it’s gonna be a great fight. And that’s what I’m looking forward to. So even though I have big dreams and big hopes of fighting for the championship, I already had something lined in place.”

golovkin-jacobs-weights (4)

Eddie Hearn, Jacobs’ promoter, didn’t give any legitimate thought to Jacobs replacing Alvarez on short notice, either. Hearn wants Jacobs to get a chance to avenge his close loss to Golovkin, but he also wants his fighter to have the appropriate amount of time to prepare for that challenging assignment.

“I’m not really into taking fights at short notice or without the right preparation for those kind of fights when you have the opportunities in front of you that Danny Jacobs has,” Hearn said. “I think if he didn’t have a TV deal, if he wasn’t able to box basically whenever he wanted, if he wasn’t able to pick and choose his dates or fight at great venues, yeah, then maybe we would’ve been in position to say, ‘Oh, let’s try and get that [fight against Golovkin] instead.’ But the future’s very clear right now and one thing that we said to Danny when he joined the team was that he’s gonna know exactly when he’s boxing, he’s gonna be keeping nice and active, and we don’t wanna disrupt that.

“So we’re gonna do our own thing. This is a real fight against Sulecki. Of course we’re looking at Canelo and we’re looking at Golovkin. But we’re not overlooking the fight on April 28th. And I’m really comfortable that after a great performance from Danny Jacobs on April 28th, then you talk about the superstars of the division, I don’t see why Danny Jacobs is not a superstar in the division. I believe that he already is. And with the mess with Canelo and Golovkin, I’ll make it a three-horse race right now between [Billy Joe] Saunders, Golovkin and Danny Jacobs.”

Kazakhstan’s Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) edged Brooklyn’s Jacobs (33-2, 29 KOs) in their highly competitive middleweight championship match 13 months ago at Madison Square Garden. Jacobs’ applauded performance in that 12-round fight helped him land a multi-fight agreement to have his fights broadcast by HBO exclusively.

HBO will air Jacobs’ bout with Poland’s Sulecki (26-0, 10 KOs) from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center a week from Saturday night. Hearn has said the winner between Jacobs and Sulecki will become the WBA’s mandatory challenger for Golovkin’s WBA middleweight title.

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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by TonyGe on 04-18-2018

[QUOTE=Mammoth;18683287]He did better than Clenelo against GGG[/QUOTE] I agree. I'd pick Jacobs over Canelo based on their fights with Golovkin.

Comment by yankees7448 on 04-18-2018

[QUOTE=Butch.McRae;18682030]All of these guys at 160 are very comical imo. Everybody at the top are all businessmen lol weirdly all of them are in preparation for a fight right now and in theory could've made a big clash happen. Any…

Comment by BigStomps on 04-18-2018

[QUOTE=Mammoth;18683287]He did better than Clenelo against GGG[/QUOTE] They both did good. I guess in some aspects he did. He definitely knew how to use his reach against Triple g. I actually lost $50 on the fight cause I was going…

Comment by BigStomps on 04-18-2018

[QUOTE=Boxfan83;18683251]Jacobs did well as far as winning some rds and or landing punches here and there but he got beat up that fight. I would have definitely rather been GGG after that fight.[/QUOTE] Yes it was a good close fight…

Comment by Mammoth on 04-18-2018

[QUOTE=BigStomps;18681813]So in other words Danny Jacobs is just selling wolf tickets but doesn't really want the triple g rematch... I'm sure he could of worked out a deal to cancel the fight with Sulecki in order to fight Triple g…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (20)
Top Headlines Joe Joyce Excited With Al Haymon Deal, Plans U.S. Debut Subriel Matias, Breidis Prescott - Face To Face in Puerto Rico Tyson Fury Reveals Secret Meeting With Bellew, Hearn's Plan Photos: Jesse Hart vs. Gavronski, Shakur Stevenson Final Presser Jon Fernandez vs. O’Shaquie Foster Tops ShoBox Triple, Sept. 21 Photos: Bryant Jennings, Alexander Dimitrenko - Face To Face Canelo: One-Year Layoff Won’t Affect Me At All Against Golovkin Porter Has Serious Doubts That Danny Garcia Will Go Toe To Toe Selina Barrios vs. Patricia Juarez on September 22 in Texas Tyson Fury: Joshua Wouldn't Fight Me For Any Amount Of Money Photos: Carl Frampton, Luke Jackson - Final Press Conference Jackson, Coach Inspired By Alvarez's Knockout of Kovalev Photos: Shawn Porter Putting in Work For Danny Garcia Eddie Gomez Signs With Split-T Management Kubrat Pulev Claims To Be Free, Parts Ways With Team Sauerland Carl Frampton, Luke Jackson Go Face To Face at Final Presser Mladen Miljas Inks Promotional Pact With Greg Cohen Joshua Ordered By WBO To Make Mandatory After Povetkin McCrory Believes Tyson Fury Was Victim of a Press Campaign Warren: Real Answer Is Joshua's Team Doesn't Want Wilder Fight De La Hoya: GGG's Mexican Style A Gimmick; Canelo's Fans Loyal Doheny Upsets Iwasa; Wins Unanimous Decision, IBF Title Haye Backs Tyson Fury: I Hope He Gets Back To Former Glory Luke Jackson Very Confident: Boxing Has Been My Parents! Cummings Insists He Can Reach The Top, No Excuses For Defeat Tyson Fury: I Have To Raise My Game To Win a World Title De La Hoya: Canelo Beat Golovkin 115-113, GGG Can't Adjust! Doheny: Iwasa May Have Reach Advantage, But I Have The Power Rosales vs. Barnes and The Ongoing Flyweight Reset De La Hoya: Hopkins Will Cheer Canelo To Derail Record Attempt Jesus Rojas May Face Can Xu in Year-End Title Defense Yunier Dorticos Still Wants Revenge on Gassiev, Plots Return Canelo: I'll Look to KO Golovkin From Very First Round of Rematch Oleksandr Teslenko, Nicholson, Ivan Golub in Action in AC Devin Haney vs. Juan Carlos Burgos on September 28, ShoBox Photos: Bryant Jennings, Hart, Dimitrenko, Stevenson - Workouts Photos: Juan Francisco Estrada Grinds Hard For Superfly 3 Photos: Jayson Velez, Orlando Cruz - Go Face To Face De La Hoya Not Concerned Clenbuterol Will Taint Canelo's Legacy Photos: Frampton, Fury, Jackson, Pianeta - Open Workouts

Latest Active Forum Threads