WBA ‘regular’ middleweight World champion [31(28)-1(1)] claims he was all set for bout with Andy Lee before the Limerick man lost to Billy Joe Saunders.
The Brooklyn-native, who rematches Sergio Mora in September, claims if Lee would have successfully defended the WBO strap against the Londoner last December they pair would have met in a Spring where that strap and the WBA secondary World title would be on the line in a unification of sorts.
As it turns out Saunders managed to outpoint the Irish middleweight who claimed the title by stopping the avoided Matt Korobov 12 months previous.
“We were supposed to have Andy Lee in March or April but those plans got blown up because he lost to Billy Joe Saunders and Saunders doesn’t want to fight so plans got pushed back,” Jacobs told BoxingScene who then went on to criticise Saunders further.
“Then we were supposed to fight Sergio in July and plans got pushed back. Billy Joe doesn’t want any problems. Billy Joe doesn’t consider me a true champion but I’m a key player in the middleweight division. There is no way to go to Daniel Jacobs if you’re not trying to fight Triple G.”
Lee has named Jacobs as a possible opponent as he bids to return in the Autumn, but may have to wait considering the American is in action in September.
The Limerick 160lber has also expressed a Saunders rematch desire, but isn’t overly confident of securing the rematch.