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Daniel Jacobs: Experience is key against Derevyanchenko

The former titleholder is looking to get back on top.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Daniel Jacobs is set to face Sergiy Derevyanchenko on Saturday night’s HBO card from New York, and the “Miracle Man” feels that his pro experience will be a big key to victory against a familiar opponent, one he’s sparred with on numerous occasions.

“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 percent physically and mentally ready.”

Jacobs (34-2, 29 KO) has indeed been to the higher levels of the sport, where Derevyanchenko (12-0, 10 KO) has yet to tread. For Jacobs, this is about becoming world champion again, solidifying himself as a top middleweight, and staying in that race to face Canelo Alvarez next spring.

For Derevyanchenko, on the other hand, this is a potential coming out party, a chance for him to establish himself as an elite middleweight. And while it may not be quite 50-50, I don’t think it’s too far off from that, either. On paper, this is a highly competitive matchup.

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