Danny Jacobs and John Ryder have agreed to a deal to headline February 12 on DAZN in London, England, in a card promoted Matchroom Boxing.
It’s unclear whether the fight is a WBA super middleweight title eliminator or not at this time, but it would make sense if it was. ‘The Gorilla’ Ryder (30-5, 17 KOs) is ranked No 3 and Jacobs (37-3, 30 KOs) is ranked No 5.
DAZN is taking some risk by agreeing to show the Jacobs vs. Ryder fight in the main event as there is no demand for this type of fight.
Jacobs hasn’t looked good in years and just seems to go through the moves at this point in his career. Ryder has never looked so good, and he lacks power, size and speed.
Jacobs, 34, and Ryder would love to secure a title against the 168-pound WBA “Super World” champion given that this is where they can make massive amounts of money.
The reaction on social media to the Jacobs vs. Ryder fight has been mostly negative from boxing fans, unfortunately. There may be two reasons for this.
First, Jacobs has not performed well since his loss to Canelo Alvarez in 2019, and some believe that the big salary “The Miracle Man” got in that fight robbed him of his ambition.
Jacobs made a murder with his big salary against Canelo, getting millions for this fight. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Jacobs net worth is 10 million dollars.
Suddenly coming to this kind of windfall would change anyone. Look what happened to Andy Ruiz Jr. after making a small fortune of $ 10 million in his two fights with Anthony Joshua, and he’s only fought once since making all that money, and he looked terrible beating 40-year-old Chris Arreola last May.
Second, Jacobs hasn’t fought anyone that the boxing public was interested in seeing him fight since his loss to Canelo. Fans would love to see Jacobs take on these fighters:
- David Benavidez
- David Morrell Jr
- Demetrios Andrade
- Jermall Charlo
- Caleb plant
- Artur Beterbiev
- Dmitri Bivol
- Gennadiy Golovkin
Instead of fighting these guys, Jacobs set the sights low with fights against Gabe Rosado and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
In Jacobs’ two fights since his loss to Canelo, he beat Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. by a fifth-round stoppage in December 2019, then defeated Gabriel Rosado by a controversial 12-round split decision in November 2020.
Both fights were broadcast on DAZN, and many boxing fans felt that Jacobs received a gift in his victory over Rosado, as he fought like he was afraid the entire fight.
As for Jacobs’ match against Chavez, Jr, it’s unclear why he picked this hill fighter as his opponent because the Mexican fighter was shot for so many, many years. DAZN dropped the ball, agreeing to show Jacobs against Chavez Jr. on their platform.
Suppose Jacobs and Ryder want a title shot against the “regular” WBA super middleweight champion. David Morrell Jr. (6-0, 5 KOs). They would probably have no problem fighting because the Cuban talent wants to fight the well-known fighters in the division.
Of course, it would be backbreaking work for Jacobs and Ryder to face talented Cuban southpaw Morrell, and they would likely both lose hard. If they wanted to try and fight for a world title, Jacobs and Ryder didn’t need to look any further than facing Morrell Jr. for his WBA belt.
Once the World Boxing Association starts reducing the number of titles to 168 with their organization, they will order Canelo and whoever is the “regular” champion to fight.
This writer seriously doubts Canelo wants smoke from Morrell, so he’ll likely leave when the WBA finally orders this fight.
Sources: Daniel Jacobs and John Ryder have struck a deal for a February 12 fight in London to headline Matchroom Boxing on DAZN. Jacobs is ESPN’s # 5 super middleweight; Ryder is # 7, ”@MikeCoppinger said.