By: Hans Themistos
Daniel Jacobs always believed he was unfairly disadvantaged. Still, in order to get the fight he’s always wanted, Brooklyn’s Jacobs argues he had no choice.
Prior to his showdown against Canelo Alvarez in May 2019, Jacobs was confident in his ability to hand the Mexican star just the second defeat of his career. In the process, Jacobs was eager to strip him of his WBA and WBC middleweight crowns.
Although Jacobs managed to hit the 160-pound weight limit, he refused to acquiesce to Team Alvarez’s demands and their weight stipulations. Originally, Jacobs signed a ten-pound rehydration clause. But, despite his initial agreement, Jacobs came in at 173.6 pounds the night of the fight. Due to Jacobs’ inability to make weight, he was fined approximately $250,000 per pound he exceeded the 170-pound mark. This means that Jacobs was forced to give the Alvarez team a $1 million fine.
Although Jacobs entered as the bigger man, he would go on to lose a competitive decision to Alvarez on the night. Since losing his IBF world title, Jacobs has decided not to go down to 160 pounds and instead moved eight pounds north into the super middleweight division.
So far so good for the former titlist as he has picked up back to back wins since his move. Currently, Jacobs’ new division has a familiar face at the top as Alvarez has won all 168-pound world titles. With Jacobs aiming for his second championship reign, he believes that if a rematch against Alvarez were to take place, things would be much different this time around.
“Canelo is one of the best fighters of our generation,” Jacobs told a group of reporters. “For me to be in a different weight class, to be 100% healthy. I would have the physical advantage simply because I wouldn’t lose weight. I had to go through a lot to gain 160 pounds, which is why I progressed.
As badly as Jacobs would like to get some retribution, a rematch with Alvarez is the furthest thing from his mind. This Saturday night at Alexandra Palace in the UK, Jacobs will be looking to pick up his third straight win when he takes on John Ryder.
Having been out of the ring since a controversial split decision win over journeymen Gabriel Rosado in November 2020, Jacobs is eager to re-establish himself as an elite fighter.
“My main focus is Saturday night, getting the cobwebs out, showing the fans the miracle man is back and moving forward from there.”