Daniel Jacobs has promised to shock the world this weekend as he takes on Canelo Alvarez to determine the number one middleweight in the division.
The pair, who meet on Cinco de Mayo weekend, go toe-to-toe in a unification battle at the T-Mobile Arena in what many have tipped as the most intriguing fight of the year.
Jacobs has promised to overcome the odds and shock the world to record the biggest victory of his 37 fight, 12-year professional career.
The Brooklyn star said: “It’s the biggest fight that can be made, especially at the middleweight division. I’m looking forward to displaying great skill Saturday night and I’m looking forward to being victorious.
“I don’t really feed into anything other than the positive – what I’ve done inside the ring, what I’ve done with preparation, my game plan with my team that we’ve formulated.
“All the odds, the he say, she say, I keep it to a minimum. I just focus on what the job has to be and that’s to be victorious Saturday night.”
Jacobs has the chance to become unified middleweight champion in his second attempt after tasting a points defeat to Gennady Golovkin in 2017.
The ‘Miracle Man’ has since racked up three victories and became a two-time world champion after winning the IBF strap against teammate Sergiy Derevyanchenko.
After bouncing back from a controversial defeat to GGG at Madison Square Garden, the American revealed what his loss taught him.
“Well, numerous things. First, you have to go in there and win a fight decisively. I don’t want any controversy. I want to be victorious.
“Also, I want all the fans to know I’m the best middleweight in the world.”
On what kind of fight he expects, Jacobs added: “Styles make fights. If you’re any boxing person, you know that. You know that every fight is not going to be the same.
“You have to approach every fight differently. If I don’t apply my best, I don’t deserve to be there. But I look forward to being victorious.
“I’ve always envisioned getting my hand raised. I’ve always been vocal about getting the knockout, about the knockout being possible.
“I have an 80% knockout ratio. So if I get a guy hurt, you know I can get him out of there.”
“I’m self-motivated. When everything was taken away from me, all I wanted was to get back to the sport of boxing. It’s nothing short of a miracle to get to this point. That motivates myself to be the best version of myself that I can be.”