Danny Jacobs heading back into ring after close loss to GGG
NEW YORK (AP) — Danny Jacobs is heading back into the ring, determined to build off a defeat that, in many ways, was a victory.
Jacobs will fight Luis Arias on Nov. 11 at the former Nassau Coliseum, now called NYCB Live, his first bout under a promotional agreement with Ed Hearn that he hopes will lead him back to a title.
Last March at Madison Square Garden, Jacobs lost a close decision to Gennady Golovkin. It was the first time Triple G went the distance, and Jacobs held his own throughout the 12 rounds.
The next step is for Jacobs, a native New Yorker, to build on that showing and further establish himself as a top middleweight contender.
“It’s the best thing I can possibly do for my career, another chance to display my skills on a huge platform,” Jacobs says of the HBO fight against the unbeaten Arias (18-0, 9 KOs).
Few platforms can be as big as taking on Golovkin, whose draw with Canelo Alvarez last month has led to a rematch between those two. Jacobs wants to prove he should be in the mix for the winner.
“In that last fight, the things I did well were neutralize Triple G to a jab,” he said. “He is offensively in there with a barrage up his sleeves that he comes with. And to know I had the good boxing skills and neutralized that lets me know I have the goods.
“It lets me know, too, I am a force. When the opportunity came for Golovkin to kind of settle the inquiring minds and doubters — this was not a clear victory in the fans’ minds — for him to get a rematch with me, he instead goes to Canelo, a smaller guy. That shows me I am going to have to really hunt these guys.”
That hunt for another title begins with Jacobs carrying a 32-2 mark with 29 knockouts. He held the WBA middleweight title for two years, but was not considered to be in Golovkin’s or Alvarez’s class until he nearly beat Triple G.
Known as “Miracle Man” because he overcame cancer to return to the ring, Jacobs believes his strong mindset is as powerful as his KO punches.
“The cancer battle, it helped me put a lot of things in perspective and gave me time to reflect and think,” Jacobs said. “This thing, boxing, is a mental battle.”
His mental outlook was helped immeasurably by going 12 rounds with Triple G.
“I think the experience I have — ultimately, this game is not only about youth, the main thing is experience,” he said. “Going in with one of the best middleweights, I can take experience and the mental capacity to know I can and do belong, and bring a mental edge you can have every time in the ring. Be unbreakable.”