We are a little over a week away from the Canelo Alvarez vs. Daniel Jacobs showdown, set for May 4th from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The middleweight title unification will air exclusively on DAZN
Jacobs, the IBF champion, is already in Las Vegas getting honed in for what serves as the biggest fight of his career, and was recently spotted training at the Bones Adams Gym.
Jacobs was asked recently what weaknesses he sees in his opponent Alvarez, the WBA and WBC middleweight champion. And surprisingly, he gave Canelo much respect right off the bat.
“I definitely don’t think that it’s from his skill set because he has one of the best skill sets that’s out there,” Jacobs said during a conference call. “His sense of onslaught, his upper body movement, his defense is really good. There’s really not much that you can kind of, you know, battle through and say that, you can do this and you can do that.”
Still, you can sense the kind of confidence coming from the Brooklyn fighter.
“What I know is that I have the physical advantages, and I look forward to using my physical advantage, my reach, height, range, and being that I also have speed, power, ring IQ, as well, that’s what I feel like is going to make me victorious,” said Jacobs.
The Alvarez vs. Jacobs lead up has been short on trash talk and you can tell their is no real animosity coming from either guy. For Jacobs, that is the norm.
“It’s never been my intention in my lead-up to any fight to sort of create this animosity to sell the fight or to bash my opponent,” Jacobs said. “Never have I ever wanted to do that. It has never been in my nature. I know that boxing is just a sport. So for me, this has been one of the best promotions and best lead-ups that I’ve been a part of because I share the same ideas with my opponent, which is strictly being professional and let our skills and what we bring to the table and let that speak for itself inside the ring.”
Jacobs truly has a remarkable story, from overcoming a brutal knockout to Dmitry Pirog early in his career to also defeating cancer. He has a story that can inspire others and he is still taking this moment in.
“I think it’s incredible,” Jacobs said. “It never ceases to amaze me the opportunity that arises for me after my cancer care. I’ve been able to not only fulfill my dreams and become a world champion, but there’s been so many different opportunities that just blow my mind and opportunities that I never thought I’d had. I’ve always just wanted to get back into the ring and that was just my main goal.”
The clock is counting down and Jacobs is relishing this opportunity.
“Now there’s so much that is presenting themselves, I’m really blown away by it all, but I’m keeping myself humble and I’m keeping myself in the right mind frame to where I can just put it in a certain place in my mind and stay focused on the fight,” Jacobs said.