Two-time middleweight world champion Daniel Jacobs (37-3, 30 KOs) insists that he still has plenty left to achieve in his career as he prepares to face Islington’s John Ryder in an eliminator for the WBA super middleweight world title this Saturday at Alexandra Palace in London, live worldwide on DAZN (excluding New Zealand and Australia, as usual).
“I’m looking forward to a good scrap,” said Jacobs. “He’s a good fighter from what I’ve seen. I know he’s in his hometown so I’m expecting him to be pumped and excited about it. Also, I’ve heard from him before that this is an important fight for him to get towards title contention. I’m looking forward to seeing exactly everything he has to bring.
“It has been one of my goals as a professional to fight in the UK, probably in London because I’ve been here before and I know how the magic works. I know how deep the crowd is into their boxing. I look forward to experiencing that. Good city, good town, good people.
“Everything is fabulous, I’m back to where I need to be mentally and I realize that now coming back with my old trainer Andre Rozier and Anthony Irons things are where they need to be. I was missing that good spirit that I once had in my career, and now it’s back and I’m looking forward to presenting it and giving the fans a good show.
“Every fight is a must-win. Every time you go in the ring you do not go into a fight looking at it like, ‘If I lose this one the next one will still be a good opportunity’. There’s always going to be a step back if you lost a fight in boxing. I’m grateful that I still have the opportunity to have these big fights. The biggest goal for me right now is to stay focused and keep an eye on the tiger.
Granted we win this fight, which I’m sure we will, my next fight should be an opportunity to become a two-division world champion. I have the opportunity to do that and this guy is in the way. I have to make an example but also be myself. This camp I’ve been myself the entire time. I can not ask for anything better. ”