Jacobs: "I Have The Mental Edge At The Garden"
Daniel Jacobs believe his experience in World title action
gives him the mental edge over Sergiy Derevyanchenko as they
clash for the vacant IBF Middleweight crown at the Hulu
Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday
night, live on HBO.
Jacobs (34-2 29KOs) can become a two-time World ruler at
Middleweight with victory over the Ukranian, but with the
pair knowing each other inside out having trained alongside
one another for years, Jacobs knows that this could be an
intense battle with fine margins.
The ‘Miracle Man’ enters his eighth World title contest
against ‘The Technician’ who laces them up in his first bout
for an elite belt after reaching 12-0 (10 KOs). The Brooklyn
favorite has 44 rounds of action in World title fights,
compared to the total of 57 rounds as a pro that amateur
standout Derevyanchenko has had. Jacobs believes that
experience in his return to Madison Square Garden – where he
was edged out by Gennady Golovkin in a unification fight in
– will see him regain World champion status.
“I feel like I’m the strongest Middleweight that he has
stepped in the ring with professionally,” said Jacobs. “The
height and the reach are some key things, especially when I
set my mind to be being a boxer, I can do that very well.
“But if I want to come forward or be a counter puncher or
even just want to outright brawl, I do believe that I have
the power to back it up. So, there’s a lot of dangers inside
this fight when it comes to both of us. But for me, I truly
feel like I have the best advantages.
“Once you put on ten ounce gloves and you actually go in
there and compete with the best, all of these dangers that
you have inside the ring, that’s when you’ll truly know. So,
I feel like that I have the advantages when it comes to the
mental aspect of the experience of knowing I can go full 12
solid rounds with the best of them and compete at an
all-time high level. I mean, I know that. I have it in my
bank, I have it in the gas tank already.
“A guy that’s inexperienced with only 12 fights, I would
presume that it would be a second guess on his behalf. So,
only time will tell but for me, I’m just 100 per cent
physically and mentally ready. I do see my hand being
raised, but how I get the victory I have no idea, but I’m
willing to get it any way I can.”
Jacobs’ clash with Derevyanchenko is part of a stunning
triple-header of World title action live on HBO, with
unbeaten WBA Super-Featherweight champion Alberto Machado
defends his title against Cleveland’s Yuandale Evans and
there’s a mouthwatering rematch of the 2016 fight of the
year contender between Heather Hardy and Shelly Vincent,
with the WBO World Featherweight title.