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Daniel Jacobs feeling good at 168 ahead of fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr

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The former middleweight titleholder believes the time is right to move up.

Canelo Alvarez v Daniel Jacobs Mexico City Press Tour Photo by Tom Hogan/Golden Boy/Getty Images

Former two-time middleweight titleholder Daniel Jacobs is making the official move up to super middleweight on Friday, when he’ll face Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in a 12-round main event in Phoenix.

At 32, Jacobs (35-3, 29 KO) felt the time was right to move up following his May 4 loss to Canelo Alvarez, and says he’s feeling good not having to cut the extra weight this time in camp.

“It’s been amazing,” said Jacobs. “I’ve been able to be genuinely happy, to focus only on training and focus only on my skill set and not on the idea of cutting 10 to 15 pounds before the weigh-in. So it’s a big deal for me and I’m happy and I’m looking forward to showing everyone in the world that it wasn’t an excuse last time around.

“It was the actual fact of me cutting the weight and that would make a difference in the previous fights that I’ve been having. So now you’re going to see, in my opinion, a better version of myself and I look forward to that.”

Jacobs spoke more about the process in camp this time.

“I’m able to be a lot freer when it comes to putting more food and necessary foods in my body. I don’t have to limit myself and most importantly, I don’t have to go through that weight cut process that always drains me the 48 hours before the fight.”

“I think with this last fight, it really took a toll on me. Obviously, we know the stipulations. I was in a contract with my last bout, so that was a clear indication for me that maybe I need to try and test the waters in 168 pounds just to give myself an opportunity to be myself, to be 100 per cent and camp has been beautiful.”

We’ll see how Jacobs looks at 168 on Friday, and if he comes in looking like the title threat in this division that he and Matchroom are hoping he will be.