Daniel Jacobs insists he is “100 per cent physically and mentally ready” to become a two-time middleweight world champion. The ‘Miracle Man’ will take on Sergiy Derevyanchenko at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday night.
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The American was a previous WBA champion but he lost that strap to Kazakhstan’s Gennady Golovkin in 2017.
Jacobs and Derevyanchenko will fight for the vacant IBF belt this weekend and Jacobs insists he is ready to make more history.
He told reporters: “I feel like I’m the strongest middleweight that he has stepped in the ring with professionally.
“I feel like that I have the advantages when it comes to the mental aspect of the experience of knowing I can go full 12 solid rounds with the best of them and compete at an all-time high level. I mean, I know that. I have it in my bank, I have it in the gas tank already.”
He added: “A guy that’s inexperienced with only 12 fights, I would presume that it would be a second guess on his behalf. So, only time will tell but for me, I’m just 100 per cent physically and mentally ready.
“I do see my hand being raised, but how I get the victory I have no idea, but I’m willing to get it any way I can.”