Middleweight contender Danny Jacobs is considering a move down 154 pounds after his next fight on the Danny Garcia-Zab Judah undercard on February 9 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., says co-trainer Andre Rozier.
The 25-year-old Jacobs (24-1, 21 knockouts), of Brooklyn, N.Y., has no set opponent yet for the scheduled ten-round bout, but Rozier, who trains Jacobs alongside Victor Roundtree, says they are looking for “somebody coming up from 154” to fight at a contracted weight of 159 pounds.
“Barring any unforeseen circumstances, we’re looking to get down to 154 for the next one,” said Rozier.
Jacobs has scored two knockout victories since returning from a battle with a form of cancer called osteosarcoma that attacked his spine and left his legs partially paralyzed. Jacobs’ return earned him the nickname “The Miracle Man.”
As one of the nation’s top amateurs, Jacobs competed at 152 and 165 pounds, winning a slew of regional and national titles. Rozier says that, with the help of a nutritionist and increased activity in the gym, returning to 154 shouldn’t be problematic. Rozier says that Jacobs’ attitude towards training has improved since returning.
“Before as with most young athletes, they like to complain, they like to cry. ‘Oh my God, you’re killing me,'” said Rozier. “Now he doesn’t say that anymore. If I tell him ‘you’re running eight miles,’ he’s fine with it. If I tell him ‘we’re running 12,’ he’s fine with that. And if he’s fine with that, I’m a happier trainer.”
Rozier said he’d like to see Jacobs target IBF junior middleweight champion Cornelius “K-9” Bundrage first. Bundrage (32-4, 19 KOs) will face Ishe Smith, whom Jacobs defeated in 2009, on February 23 in his third title defense.
“To start the ball bouncing as he recovers – because remember he’s still recovering – we’re looking at ‘K-9’ Bundrage,” said Rozier. “Then we’ll start assaulting the rest of the division.”
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