Daniel Jacobs vs. Andy Lee a possibility for May 21
By Joseph Correa
WBA middleweight world champion Daniel Jacobs (31-1, 28 KOs) next opponent may be none other than former WBO middleweight champion "Irish" Andy Lee (34-3, 24 KOs.) The fight is said to be in the works and if finalized would take place on May 21, in Jacobs hometown of Brooklyn, NY at the Barclay's Center.
Jacobs is coming off of an impressive first-round stoppage over fellow Brooklynite and former WBA middleweight champion Peter Quillin last December in the very same building. Jacobs came out hot landing a big right hand that hurt Quillin and immediately jumped on him with a barrage of punches ultimately landing another thunderous shot that had Quillin badly hurt and prompting referee Harvey Dock to step in and call a halt to the contest.
Lee lost his last fight and WBO middleweight championship via majority decision this past December when he matched up with Billy Joe Saunders of the U.K.
Lee got into trouble early and was down twice in the 3rd round and despite coming on strong in the late rounds but it was too little too late and he could not quite dig himself out of deficit he had created early in the fight.
Jacobs-Lee is an interesting match-up and a dangerous one for Daniel Jacobs because Lee is a power punching southpaw and Jacobs has had his share of problems with puncher's in the past. Lee has fought the better opposition to date and coming off of his previous loss he will likely be very motivated to make a big statement. Jacobs must start fast much like he did against Quillin and not let Lee get into a rhythm. Lee has shown to be a slow starter at times and Jacobs should look to exploit this.
For Jacobs, A win over Andy Lee would help to quiet some of the critics and solidify his place in the division with back to back wins over top tier competition. For Lee, a win would put him right back into the middleweight picture and line him up for a potential rematch with Saunders or perhaps the "boogeyman" of the division Gennady Golovkin.
The date being looked at is interesting seeing as though it is the same date Deontay Wilder is scheduled to take on Alexander Povetkin in Russia. But more boxing is never a bad thing and fans will welcome the options.