Last December, Daniel Jacobs pushed himself to near the top of the middleweight pack when he stunned previously unbeaten Peter Quillin with a Round 1 KO. The victory made Jacobs the WBA “regular” world champion. That is, of course, an absurd title. Gennady Golovkin is the WBA middleweight champion.
According to the WBA’s ridiculous interpretation of reality, Golovkin is the “Super” world champion, which somehow makes it okay for Quillin to be a “Regular” champ. But just like I would not appreciate my wife designating me her “super” husband and going out to pick up a younger, “regular” husband, I am not about to tolerate this nonsense of the sanctioning bodies recognizing more than one champion.
But while I refuse to recognize him as a world champion, he is clearly the division’s No. 1 contender. Knocking out Quillin in less than half a round is the best win that anybody at 160 pounds has right now.
Friday night in Reading, Pennsylvania, he will look to take care of some unfinished business with Sergio Mora. Last August, Jacobs beat Mora by TKO, when Mora injured his ankle in Round 2 and was unable to continue.
Prior to that injury, the fight was shaping up to be a good one. Mora and Jacobs traded knockdowns in Round 1. Jacobs sent the Latin Snake to the canvas a second time in Round 2, causing the injury.
Mora is certainly a fighter I expect to see Jacobs beat at this point. But Mora is a clever, experienced veteran. At 35, he’s been a professional for this entire century. He drew with an aging but still relevant Shane Mosley in 2010. He split bouts with Vernon Forrest and looked very good in his last fight against a contender prior to Jacobs, when he beat Grzegorz Proksa in 2013.
If Jacobs handles his business as expected Friday, it will be a timely victory, coming just the day before Golovkin defends his belts against Kell Brook in London.