Daniel Jacobs put on a show last month when he amped things up in the 12th round and let his hands fly, stopping Caleb Truax late in their title fight. Now he’s ready to let his mouth fly when he serves as ringside analyst Saturday on NBC (4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 PT) as Andre Dirrell takes on James DeGale.
“I absolutely love it,” said Daniel Jacobs, who has experience as a commentator for Showtime. “I think it’s a great way to be able to show a versatile side of myself. Not just inside the ring, but I can put the suit and tie on and I can be a professional. It’s not that it comes easy, but because I have the opportunity and most fighters don’t have this opportunity, I take this very seriously. I study. I practice. I try to give the best that I can give.
“People don’t understand, this is a hard job. It’s not easy at all to go on live TV and give a live play by play for the fans in a way you’re not used to doing. It’s cool to be around the TV and talk with your boys and talk with your family about the fight, but it’s different to actually give the fans a different perspective in a way they’ll be able to understand. It’s challenging , and I’m super proud of it, and I’m grateful to have this opportunity.”