By Tré Berry III🖊️
Former IBF Titlist and Elite Middleweight 🇺🇸Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (35-3-0, 29KO👊) will formally make his introduction to the Super-Middleweight division after a successful career built over time at 160, to establish and try to position himself to get some big fights at the new weight. His first assignment will come from former WBC Middleweight Titlist 🇲🇽Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (51-3-1, 33KO👊), who is coming down from Light-Heavyweight to take on this contest.
Taking a look at Jacobs Middleweight exploits, he has had a strong run filled with many high quality wins over 🇺🇸Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin, 🇺🇸Sergio Mora (2X), and a closely contested victory against elite Middleweight 🇺🇦Sergiy Derevyanchenko, as well as some highly impressive performances in bouts where he suffered close and/or debatable losses in. His most recent fight fits with the latter point against ♛🇲🇽Saul “Canelo” Alvarez back on May 4th, where he fought the Middleweight Champion very close on the cards, and had momentum down the stretch, however started his attack too late to secure the points he needed for the win. Jacobs had done enough in that fight (the same could be said about his fight with 🥈🇰🇿Gennadiy “GGG” Golovkin) to prove that skill-wise he operates on the same level plane with Canelo & GGG, however by the scoring fell slightly short in his conquest, and here he would like to get the ball rolling properly against Chavez Jr. so that he can entertain the various options at the top level of the Super-Middleweight picture.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has been an enigma, and a frustrating one to boot. He has had some quality performances earlier in his career against 🇬🇧Andy Lee, 🇲🇽Marco Antonio Rubio, and had then-Lineal Middleweight Champion ♛🇦🇷Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez out on his feet in the 12th round of their contest, though he couldn’t finish the job to get the victory. The other side of the coin is that Chavez (increasingly over time) has succumbed to laziness, apathy and lack of commitment, transitioning to delivering lackluster performances gauging what he is capable of doing, and developed a reputation for performing very flat when given his big opportunity – no greater example of this than his uninspired performance against ♛🇲🇽“Canelo” Alvarez where he was blanked to a shutout over 12 rounds on all 3 Judges scorecards, with Julio seemingly never trying to flip the switch to try and get something going the more he fell behind. While although he isn’t deserving of a fight against a Jacobs, he has one more opportunity to try and right his ship / win or lose by fully applying himself to the craft and bringing it into the ring.
Concerning Jacobs, he has stated that he feels very strong at 168 lbs. and cited that he no longer has to endure any stringent weight cutting in his preparation for fights. The Miracle Man went on to say – “I’m able to be a lot freer when it comes to putting more food and necessary foods in my body. I don’t have to limit myself and most importantly, I don’t have to go through that weight cut process that always drains me the 48 hours before the fight.” Jacobs over time has come into his bouts routinely in great shape, and fully leaned out to where he began to have some difficulty in making the weight with nothing else to cut, so this move in weight can only help his prospects going forward as a boxer who turns 33 in a couple months, which adds complication to maintaining your weight as you get up towards that age. Jacobs/Chavez Jr. will serve as the headliner to Friday’s 💻DAZN card, and it will be fought at 🏟️Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. Tune in to see what ultimately comes of this contest.