Middleweight contender Daniel Jacobs faces serious business when he meets Jarrod Fletcher of Australia for a vacant belt Saturday night (Showtime, 9 ET/PT) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Jacobs’ hometown.
While winning the title would mean a lot to both Jacobs and Fletcher, the fact is they are vying for the WBA’s second-tier "regular" title, because the WBA absurdly has sometimes handed out as many as four titles in the same weight class and often doles out at least two.
Everyone knows that Gennady Golovkin holds the organization's top title and that he is probably also the best middleweight in the world.
So, naturally, Jacobs (27-1, 24 KOs) was asked for his views on an eventual fight with GGG, a growing attraction in New York, should he beat Fletcher for the JV title.
Jacobs said he would welcome the fight, although given the politics it's a tough one to make because Golovkin is under contract to HBO and Jacobs has been fighting on Showtime and is with adviser Al Haymon, whose fighters are not welcome on HBO at this point.
But we can still talk about it right?
"I think it will be huge," Jacobs said. "It's an opportunity that I would love to have to fight him. I also think that he's already a superstar and I think I want to have the opportunity to be a superstar myself. So, I think that if I can maybe get a couple of fights, maybe [fellow New Yorker and titleholder] Peter Quillin or someone like that and then go up to Golovkin, that's something that I would look forward to doing.
"But initially, right after the win, I mean, I'm not really in control of who I fight. But if I had it my way I would probably get me a couple of fights just to solidify that spot and to secure my name and be considered a superstar in the division and a big play in the division as well, so we can go ahead and make the fight."
Two weeks ago, Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) retained his title for the 11th time as he destroyed former titlist Daniel Geale in the third round at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Jacobs said he saw the fight and was impressed by GGG but believes he is beatable.
"I think his performance was great. I think what everyone else thinks," he said. "I think that the hype is real only in the sense that he's doing what he's supposed to do. Whether or not I believe in the hype, that's a different story. I see flaws in his game, but his power is tremendous and Mike Tyson used to say you can have all the game plan in the world until you get hit and that changes your whole perspective.
"You definitely have to be aware of his power, but I do see a whole lot of flaws in his game as far as his defense and his ability to move his feet and [his] being flat-footed. So, if there is a possibility that we can fight, I'll look forward to it."