Daniel Jacobs delivers his words like he does his fists: with gusto.
As the 160-pound champion prepares to make his Premier Boxing Champions debut on April 24 against Caleb Truax in Chicago on Spike TV, he’s as energized as if he was in the ring already.
“It means the world to me to be a part of Premier Boxing Champions because this is the new generation of stars, this is the new generation of possibilities. It’s endless,” Jacobs says.
“I grew up with most of these guys that are in the stable of PBC, and going through the amateurs, we had no hopes, no dreams of this being possible. We wanted to be the greatest, we wanted to have these outlets. This whole campaign has been amazing because it shows us that we’ve come a long way, that the possibilities are through the roof.”
In his last fight in August, at Barclays Center in his native Brooklyn, New York, Jacobs stopped Jerrod Fletcher to become a world champion.
Now, he begins defending his title against the rugged Truax, whose lone loss came against former champ Jermain Taylor in 2012.
“He’s earned his shot to fight for my world championship,” Jacobs says of his challenger. “He has great experience—he probably has more experience than me, because he’s gone more rounds in the professional ranks than I have. I look forward to testing my skills with him, but most importantly, I look forward to pleasing those fans come April 24.”
For Jacobs, the showdown with Truax is the start of what he envisions will be an action-packed future with PBC.
“I think PBC as a stable, as a group, we’re all world-class fighters – not only just world-class fighters, but exciting fighters,” he says. “To have all these world champions and top contenders going head-to-head against each other, that’s what the fans always wanted.”
- Daniel Jacobs