By Jake Story: WBA World middleweight champion Daniel “Golden Child” Jacobs (31-1, 28 KOs) and his management have not been able to get a fight negotiated with WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders like they had planned for their next fight date on July 30 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
So what they’re hoping to do next is to face former WBC junior middleweight champion Sergio Mora (28-4-2, 9 KOs) in a rematch on 7/30 at the Barclays Center. Jacobs and the 35-year-old Mora fought last year in August in a fight that ended suddenly with Mora suffering an ankle injury in the 2nd round of the fight that caused the bout to be halted.
However, Mora hasn’t fought since that bout and it’s somewhat unsettling that Jacobs is considering fighting him when he hasn’t been in the ring since his injury loss nine months ago. To top it off, Mora isn’t ranked in the top 15 by any or the four sanctioning bodies; although I suspect that will change if/when the rematch with Jacobs gets signed.
Jacobs is barking up the wrong tree if he wants a fight against the 26-year-old Saunders because he’s waiting on a big money match against Gennady Golovkin. That’s a fight that would bring in a boat load of money for Saunders. Additionally, Saunders is also hoping he can get a fight against Miguel Cotto or Saul Canelo Alvarez.
Saunders isn’t going to take a risky fight against Jacobs for less money than he’d get facing the likes of Golovkin, Cotto or Canelo. You know what I’m saying? That isn’t going to happen. Saunders isn’t stupid. He’s got to wait on the pot of gold right over the rainbow for a bigger fight against one of those big three rather than risk everything on a lower paying fight against Jacobs.
Jacobs destroyed Peter Quillin in one round last December in the ‘Battle of Brooklyn.’ It’s unclear why Jacobs isn’t pushing for a rematch against Quillin because that fight would clearly give him a bigger payday than it would fighting Saunders.