Danny Jacobs aiming for title opportunity against Jermall Charlo

Former WBA & IBF world middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs is eyeing a match-up with WBC world middleweight champion Jermall Charlo and is insisting that he had ‘one or two’ more fights left him as the Brooklyn-based middleweight approaches the twilight years of his career.

Jacobs has not fought since his split decision defeat to John Ryder in February 2022, and if he were to face Charlo, it would see him return to the middleweight division for the first time since his defeat to Canelo Alvarez in May of 2019. Jacobs immediately moved up to super-middle following his defeat to Alvarez and defeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Gabriel Rosado before succumbing to defeat last year to Ryder in London, England.

“I’m not beefing with anybody, but everyone knows I’ve been wanting for years to fight Jermall Charlo,” said Jacobs in an interview with Elie Seckbach of ESNews.

“That’s the fight that I still want. I don’t know what’s going on with it. I’m ready for that fight, mentally and physically. We’ll see what happens in the future.

“I got one or two more in me. I’m looking for the right fight. I ain’t looking for no step aside, no fill-in fights. It’s been a few years since I’ve been calling out people, and I haven’t received any feedback. I’m just waiting for the right fight, but like I said, the time will come.”

Two-weight world champion Charlo himself has been absent from action even longer than Jacobs. Jermall has not fought since his successful WBC middleweight world title defence over Juan Macias Montiel in June of 2021 due to a mixture of injuries and issues regarding his mental health.

Charlo spoke recently to reporters and suggested that he would like to return to the ring before the end of the year.

“I can’t wait to get back in the ring,” Charlo told a group of reporters, including, on the fight night between Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr . “I’ll be back before the end of the year, though. I promise you that. I’m getting back. I’m better now. Know what I’m sayin’? Everybody goes through things, you know. I faced my little adversity, and the best thing about it is that I get to beat that adversity, and y’all get to see the adversity.”