Daniel Jacobs will try to rebound on December 20 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas as he faces former champ Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. at super middleweight. The fight while not finalized as of this report was mentioned to multiple sources to Boxingscene.com as well as confirmed by Lance Pugmire of The Athletic.
The contest, which was scheduled to take place on December 13 at a venue in Texas per reports, is now headlining in Vegas. The announcement down the line to air on the streaming platform DAZN.
Jacobs, who was last seen on Cinco De Mayo weekend, lost to Canelo Alvarez by unanimous decision. This bout for jacobs is not only making his super-middleweight debut but will in the ring for the first time after parting ways with trainer Andre Rozier.
Jacobs (35-3, 29 KOs) chose to move up to the super middleweight limit of 168 pounds because it had become challenging for the former champion to make the middleweight maximum of 160. Jacobs was overweight 3 1/2 in the Alvarez fight, which he was fined for.
— Lance Pugmire (@pugboxing) October 22, 2019
For Chavez (51-3-1, 33 KOs, 1 NC), this will be his second contest back since he faced Alvarez himself their 12-round super middleweight match on May 2017 at T-Mobile Arena. His latest comeback appearance resulted in a first-round knockout of Colombian veteran Evert Bravo (25-11-1, 19 KOs) on August 10 in San Juan de los Lagos, Mexico that aired on TV Azteca.
@jcchavezjr1 JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ enfrentará a @DanielJacobsTKO el 20 de diciembre en el MGM. Dice que entrena mucho y bien. ¿Le creemos? Es afortunado el Junior, a los 33 años la vida le sigue dando oportunidades de hacer algo grande. Su rival no es Jacobs, es él mismo. pic.twitter.com/a2gi6guSlG
— Eduardo Lamazón (@lamazon_oficial) October 22, 2019
Chavez weighed in at 175¼ pounds for his quick victory over Bravo, which is above the light heavyweight limit. His loss to Alvarez required Chavez to get down to a contracted catch weight of 164½ pounds.
In the bout he had before Alvarez, Chavez came in at exactly 168 pounds for a 10-round, unanimous-decision victory over Germany’s Dominik Britsch (34-3-1, 12 KOs). Chavez will enter the Jacobs bout having fought just twice within the three years since he beat Britsch in December 2016 in Monterrey, Mexico.