Eddie Hearn, promoter for IBF middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs, believes his fighter will be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world – after winning his upcoming unification showdown with WBC, WBA world champion Canelo Alvarez.
The contest takes place on May 4th, from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Hearn has long believed that Jacobs was robbed on a decision win back in March of 2017, when the Brooklyn boxer lost a twelve round unanimous decision to Gennady Golovkin.
While there are many experts who rank either Terence Crawford or Vasiliy Lomachenko as their pound-for-pound king, Hearn believes that crown will get handed to the winner of next month’s fight.
“The winner of this fight I think is the No. 1 pound-for-pound in boxing, and when Danny Jacobs beats him, he will get his rights to call himself just that,” Hearn said.
There has certainly been a lack of pre-fight banter in the weeks leading up to their fight. Hearn believes the fight is so good, and so anticipated, that there is absolutely no reason for the two boxers to do any trash talking.
“Not when you are at this level, in my opinion. The trash talk and the hype is great and it helps to build a fight that might not be easy to build. But when you have a fight like this where cave is certainly the biggest star in U.S. boxing and possibly in world boxing, and Danny Jacobs is a middleweight world champion, and his story is echoed around the world of sport; I think that when you have got these two coming together in a unification fight, I don’t really see the need for bad blood,” Hearn said.
“In fact, I think it’s an opportunity for the sport to blossom and I think it’s an opportunity to actually show people, young people, or people in the sport, or even fighters coming through the sport, how to actually behave par.
“When you’ve got good guys usually, I don’t think you should change, and I don’t think you should change to sell a fight, especially when you are as good and as elite as these two. Trash talk and fight is always good for promotion, but it’s always not needed when you’re talking about an elite or Hall of Fame fight.”