Daniel Jacobs is slated to return to the ring on July 30th at the Barclays Center on a card that will also feature Leo Santa Cruz vs. Carl Frampton. That will mark about seven months out of action for Jacobs since his first round stoppage of Peter Quillin last December at the same venue. Jacobs, currently the WBA's "regular" titleholder at middleweight, doesn't have an opponent on tap just yet, however a source tells RingTV.com that Andy Lee is in consideration for the assignment along with a few others.
WBO titlist Billy Joe Saunders, who pulled out of a April 30th fight with a hand injury, doesn't appear to be in the cards for this date, although Jacobs team would love that fight, and a mandatory title shot against WBA "super" champion Gennady Golovkin seems unlikely to fit this bill. WBA president Gilberto Mendoza Jr. has also gone on on record saying that his organization won't order Golovkin to fight Jacobs until the Golovkin's negotiations with Canelo Alvarez officially falls through.
Moreover, Jacobs camp have repeatedly said that they would be willing to face Golovkin on PPV once both fighters are established as big box office attractions, which is probably a fancy way of saying "no time soon." At best that certainly won't be by July, and truthfully, that may not be ever -- with all due respect to Jacobs, who is a good fighter, but far from a star in the sport right now.