DANIEL JACOBS EXPECTS TITLE FIGHT IN NEAR FUTURE
By G. Leon
GL: What's the latest and greatest Danny?
Daniel Jacobs: "I was going to fight on December 7th, but that's not going to happen because we're going to give my cut time to heal. Now I'm looking to get a bout in February. I'm going to be heading into camp in December. As far as an opponent goes, they're working on it but I don't have one yet."
GL: I assume the fight will be on Showtime. Do you have any idea who it might come against?
Daniel Jacobs: "We got a few names we're looking at, but I don't want to have any eggs hatch before they should. Right now they're just matchmaking. But I'm ready and I'm mentally in it and I definitely want to fight for a title in 2014."
GL: They showed you ringside at the Preter Quillin-Luis Rosado WBO middleweight fight and mentioned you a potential opponent for the winner. Is that something in your crosshairs in 2014?
DJ: "Definitely. I want to become a world champion and fulfill my dreams. Whoever is in my way of me capturing it, friend or not, foe, not a foe, whoever it may be, I got to do what I have to do and I'm all about my business in that ring."
GL: What did you think about the Quillin-Rosado fight?
DJ: I thought it was a good fight. Obviously it wasn't Quillin's best performance, but we all know Gabe Rosado is a tough challenger. I definitely wouldn't say he exposed him, but he didn't bring the best or the worst of out Chocolate."
GL: Who do you think would've won had the fight continued? [Rosado was stopped on cuts].
DJ: "I don't know, it would have been close but I think they would've given it to the champion. With the knockdown and the fight being close, but you never know how these judges are scoring."
GL: Even though Rosado has yet to win at middleweight, he is a credible opponent. Is he on your radar?
DJ: "The thing is I'm not really looking at anyone. We want to get that experience, but it doesn't matter who it comes from. I want to become a world champion and I want to have a legacy to leave and I want the fans to know me as a fighter who always fought the best. I don't really have a lineup and I don't really see anybody that I'm specifically targeting. Whoever has a belt is who I'm going after."
GL: What are your goals for 2014?
DJ: "To win the world title and continue to inspire people both inside and out of the ring."
GL: In your opinion who wins a fight between Gennady Golovkin and Sergio Martinez?
DJ: "Believe it or not I like Martinez in that one. Even though Gennady looked impressive, well I wouldn't say impressive, I didn't see anything special. I see flaws and I guess that's just coming from a fighters perspective. I saw a lot of things that a fighter such as Sergio could expose him on with his movement and speed."
GL: Styles make fights and Golovkin can be outboxed, and I know Curtis Stevens [who just lost to Golovkin]is your boy but that win over Curtis was impressive and Golovkin's been pretty impressive in general lately.
DJ: "The thing is, I know the type of fighter Curtis is and for me to say that he gave 100% that night, he did not. Now if he would've gave 100% and Golovkin did the same thing, but I guess I can't really say that either because once you get hit the game plan goes out the window. But I do think that someone with a style like mine or Sergio Martinez, guys with good speed and movement can outbox him."
GL: Give me some closing thoughts for the fans.
DJ: "I really appreciate everybody who grew a newfound love for me as a person after hearing my story. I want to say thank you to the fans for always sticking at my side and we're going to win this thing together.
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