Daniel Jacobs (32-2, 29 KOs) hasn’t had much luck landing a significant fight since he put up a much tougher-than-expected fight with middleweight menace Gennady Golovkin in March. And he tells RingTV that ever since then he’s been on the outside looking in.
At the top of the division Golovkin is set to take on Canelo Alvarez next month, so they’re not in the immediate picture, but there are also other legitimate opponents out there such as Billy Joe Saunders and David Lemieux.
Saunders has a fight lined up with WIllie Monroe Jr. next month too, but according to Jacobs’ manager Keith Connolly they made a good offer to Saunders before that fight was signed and it was flatly rejected. Connolly also said a potential fight against Lemieux, who is considered to be a possible December opponent for Miguel Cotto, was also flatly denied.
Jermall Charlo has just recently entered the 160lb division, and while that is a potentially good fight to be made, it’s not expected to be in the cards until next year (although with such the easy time Charlo had with a hobbled Jorge Heiland, you would think he’d be ready to go right now).
All that leads the 30-year-old Jacobs into believing he’s now the most avoided fighter at 160lbs.
“I absolutely feel like I’m being avoided,” Jacobs told RingTV.com. “After my last performance, the other top middleweights now know what I bring to the table and the fact that I’m verbally calling out these top guys and nobody seems interested shows that I’m the most avoided guy in the division because a lot of people think I beat GGG.”
In the meanwhile Jacobs isn’t overly concerned about his current position and plans on keeping busy and letting the demand for big fights with him speak for itself.
“I’m willing to be patient while GGG and Canelo settle their business,” he said, “and I’ll keep winning and they’ll be forced to fight me because of public demand.”
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