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March 09,2017

DANIEL JACOBS INTERNATIONAL MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL TRANSCRIPT


DANIEL JACOBS INTERNATIONAL MEDIA
CONFERENCE CALL TRANSCRIPT

GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN VS. DANIEL JACOBS
WORLD MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP


Saturday, March 18, 2017
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
PRESENTED LIVE BY HBO PAY-PER-VIEW®


BERNIE BAHRMASEL/K2 PROMOTIONS: Welcome to the media and thanks very much for joining us on this International Media Conference Call promoting the highly anticipated World Middleweight Championship between Unified Middleweight Champion GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN (36-0, 33 KO’s), and WBA Middleweight Champion and Mandatory ChallengerDANIEL “The Miracle Man” JACOBS, (32-1, 29 KO’s), set for Saturday, March 18 from The Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Championship Event presented by K2 Promotions will be produced and distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View starting at 9pm ET, 6pm PT.


KEITH CONNOLLY:  I would like to welcome everybody today and I’m happy to see that everyone is taking great interest in the fight.  The bottom line is that this is what boxing fans want – they are looking for two of the top guys in the division to fight each other.  It’s rare in boxing that guys will do that in their prime and Danny and Gennady have both stepped up to the challenge.  I think it’s the biggest fight of 2017 and Danny has done everything that everyone has asked of him in training camp and I know he is going to come out victorious.

ANDRE ROZIER:  Good afternoon everyone.  We have been working really hard and Danny has been an excellent Class A student in preparing for this much anticipated confrontation.  We will be victorious.  We will be sharp as razor blades.  I am looking forward to Danny shining like a bright light that night.

DANIEL JACOBS:  I am feeling a lot of anxiety at this point.  Getting close to the fight – nerves are flaring up and I want to be able to go and tackle greatness.  I want to go into Madison SquareGarden and see my family and see my friends and see everybody there for me, and I’m really just waiting for that moment.  I am ready for my fans to be in my corner for the opening round and everyone standing up and cheering and when that first bell rings – just going at it.  It’s a big opportunity for me and I’m looking forward to it.

Are you going to be ‘that guy’ that is going to be able to give Gennady the biggest test of his career?  And why?

DANIEL JACOBS:  That’s the plan.  We have 100% belief in our ability and the plan is to go in there and do whatever it takes to win.  I know what I am capable of.  I know what I’m good at.  And it’s all about putting it in sync on fight night.

Considering what you have been through in your life, it seems like a victory over Gennady would be a cherry on top.  What would a victory over Gennady mean to you?

DANIEL JACOBS:  Simply put, it will be icing on the cake.  It would be the pinnacle of this crazy life and career that I have - the ups and downs - going through all the things that I’ve been through.   It would make everything sweet.  It has been my goal to become undisputed champion and to be considered the best champion so this would definitely represent that.

Everybody talks about Gennady’s knockout power and he has knocked out 23 in a row.  But after your only loss you have won all 12 of your fights in a row by knockout – 29 knockouts in 32 fights. Who do you think brings more firepower to the fight?

DANIEL JACOBS:  Most people would say he has a lot more power but just because he has A+ or A- power and I have B+ or B- power doesn’t mean both guys can’t go down or both guys can’t get hurt.  This is boxing and it’s all about putting your punches together perfectly.  I have a different type of power.  I have athletic power that people can’t see.  That sharpness – the big bang that hits you. It’s a different type of power.  If you ask whose is better – I like mine better obviously.  It’s just a matter of going in there and putting it together because you can have all the power but can’t do anything with it.

Do you think it’s inevitable that this fight ends in a knockout?

DANIEL JACOBS:  No, I don’t see that that is the only route.   You have to understand that I am a boxer and we both come from boxing backgrounds.  We do have a lot of knockouts as professionals.  If adjustments need to be made it could go the distance.  I’m not saying that my plan is to go in there and knock somebody out.  This is boxing – you can’t really say what is going to happen because anything can happen in that square ring.

Your one loss was by knockout and you were knocked down against Mora.  Do you think that because Golvokin has never been stopped that many think he will come out on top because of that?

DANIEL JACOBS:  Yes, I can see how people would say that.  I can see the controversy.  I can see how people would say that given that fact that he’s never been down or never been hurt from what we’ve seen.  It would be easy to say “if anyone would go Jacobs would go.”  I could see how people would say that.  But like I say this is a sport where you have to continuously prove yourself.  So no matter what the past says, no matter what people say, it’s really up to me to go in there and do the job

Do you think of your 12 in a row knockout streak or your one loss and what was the reason for that loss?  What were the circumstances?

DANIEL JACOBS:  If you go back to the fight you can see me clearly begging to the referee to get back when I got up.  Yes I was hurt but not to the point where I would consider myself out.  It was the first time I had ever seen a world championship fight where the referee pushes the fighter down and says ‘no you can’t get back up.  You can’t continue,’ at the count of what - 4 or 5?  I mean this is a world championship fight.  I can argue that, which I get tired of, I can argue that until your ears pop off but at the end of the day I have the skills, I have matured, I have grown, and that’s what I’m really looking forward to.  We can talk about specifics and we can talk about this or talk about that but at the end of the day it’s all about March 18.  We don’t know what’s going to happen on March 18.  I am highly, 100% confident in my ability in what I can do and causing what people will consider an upset.

Andre, what do you see, when you look at the videos, and what is your assessment of Gennady’s punching power?

ANDRE ROZIER:  He has good punching power.  I will not say that he has hellacious punching power.  He doesn’t hit people with one shot then they go away.  Most of his knockouts come through attrition where he constantly banging at you and wearing you down.  He’s had a couple but Danny has had more first round knockouts than he has and Danny has hit a lot more people with one or two clean shots than Gennady has.  If you look at Gennady’s last fight against Kell Brook, Kell was tripped up a bit in the first round but never went down but the attrition effort with Golovkin constantly applying pressure and breaking him down.   A lot of people get caught up in the issue ‘OK the bottom line is did he win by knockout?’  Yes he did, but we knock people out and that’s going to be one of the amazing differences, when people see and they keep mentioning it constantly that Danny went down.  Yes Danny went down but Danny is a lot smarter.  In his fight against Kid Chocolate, he showed athleticism and incredible aggression, a little more than I wanted, he was a monster, and that’s what Danny can do.  Danny can go from being up on his toes, flash and jab and quick combinations or he may come at you like a wild beast – bang and dig and scruff you out.  He has many, many options.  Gennady can punch but Danny can punch too.  Gennady is rough and Danny can be rough too.  Danny’s hands are a lot faster than his opponent.  You are going to see some of the differences play out in this fight.

Has the talk of Golovkin fighting Canelo motivated you in camp?

DANIEL JACOBS:  We don’t really talk about it.  We maybe laugh about it but for anyone to make plans past this fight whether it is his team or whether it is him himself, honestly I just feel like his focus should be 100% on me.  It doesn’t really add so much motivation but it just adds to it.  I am self motivated and this fight is motivating in itself in what I can accomplish in fulfilling my dreams – that’s good enough for me but I think whether it is speculation or not, I just think it is foolish for one to do things like that – taking me for granted and I don’t think they want to get into that – planning before the fight happens.

He says he is not looking past you but do you believe that?

DANIEL JACOBS:  I would say so but I haven’t been into the media too much lately – I have been focused on my training so I can’t really say I just think that, like I said before if I was to make a comment about it, it would be a foolish thing for anyone to do if it were against any fighter  The fighter that I am I am focused on the task at hand and the things that I have to do.  I haven’t left any stones unturned and I believe it’s going to show up and you are going to see the best Danny Jacobs on March 18.

How has Chris Algieri helped?

DANIEL JACOBS:  Having Chris around is really cool.  There are many reasons but Chris understands too what it is to be at this level and kind of being a fighter and eating healthy and preparing meals and making sure that I am in the best mind frame and physical condition as well.  The nutrition he has for me keeps me in the best possible condition.  It takes a load off my mind that come fight night after the weigh-in, I’ll make weight easy, well not easy, but easier.  I have been a middleweight my whole career and I will be fully 100% come fight night, he has been a really good addition to the team and I’m glad he is out here – I have known him for years.  I think it is the best decision as far as adding a new person to the team.


DANIEL JACOBS INTERNATIONAL MEDIA
CONFERENCE CALL TRANSCRIPT

GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN VS. DANIEL JACOBS
WORLD MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP


Saturday, March 18, 2017
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
PRESENTED LIVE BY HBO PAY-PER-VIEW®


BERNIE BAHRMASEL/K2 PROMOTIONS: Welcome to the media and thanks very much for joining us on this International Media Conference Call promoting the highly anticipated World Middleweight Championship between Unified Middleweight Champion GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN (36-0, 33 KO’s), and WBA Middleweight Champion and Mandatory ChallengerDANIEL “The Miracle Man” JACOBS, (32-1, 29 KO’s), set for Saturday, March 18 from The Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Championship Event presented by K2 Promotions will be produced and distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View starting at 9pm ET, 6pm PT.


KEITH CONNOLLY:  I would like to welcome everybody today and I’m happy to see that everyone is taking great interest in the fight.  The bottom line is that this is what boxing fans want – they are looking for two of the top guys in the division to fight each other.  It’s rare in boxing that guys will do that in their prime and Danny and Gennady have both stepped up to the challenge.  I think it’s the biggest fight of 2017 and Danny has done everything that everyone has asked of him in training camp and I know he is going to come out victorious.

ANDRE ROZIER:  Good afternoon everyone.  We have been working really hard and Danny has been an excellent Class A student in preparing for this much anticipated confrontation.  We will be victorious.  We will be sharp as razor blades.  I am looking forward to Danny shining like a bright light that night.

DANIEL JACOBS:  I am feeling a lot of anxiety at this point.  Getting close to the fight – nerves are flaring up and I want to be able to go and tackle greatness.  I want to go into Madison SquareGarden and see my family and see my friends and see everybody there for me, and I’m really just waiting for that moment.  I am ready for my fans to be in my corner for the opening round and everyone standing up and cheering and when that first bell rings – just going at it.  It’s a big opportunity for me and I’m looking forward to it.

Are you going to be ‘that guy’ that is going to be able to give Gennady the biggest test of his career?  And why?

DANIEL JACOBS:  That’s the plan.  We have 100% belief in our ability and the plan is to go in there and do whatever it takes to win.  I know what I am capable of.  I know what I’m good at.  And it’s all about putting it in sync on fight night.

Considering what you have been through in your life, it seems like a victory over Gennady would be a cherry on top.  What would a victory over Gennady mean to you?

DANIEL JACOBS:  Simply put, it will be icing on the cake.  It would be the pinnacle of this crazy life and career that I have - the ups and downs - going through all the things that I’ve been through.   It would make everything sweet.  It has been my goal to become undisputed champion and to be considered the best champion so this would definitely represent that.

Everybody talks about Gennady’s knockout power and he has knocked out 23 in a row.  But after your only loss you have won all 12 of your fights in a row by knockout – 29 knockouts in 32 fights. Who do you think brings more firepower to the fight?

DANIEL JACOBS:  Most people would say he has a lot more power but just because he has A+ or A- power and I have B+ or B- power doesn’t mean both guys can’t go down or both guys can’t get hurt.  This is boxing and it’s all about putting your punches together perfectly.  I have a different type of power.  I have athletic power that people can’t see.  That sharpness – the big bang that hits you. It’s a different type of power.  If you ask whose is better – I like mine better obviously.  It’s just a matter of going in there and putting it together because you can have all the power but can’t do anything with it.

Do you think it’s inevitable that this fight ends in a knockout?

DANIEL JACOBS:  No, I don’t see that that is the only route.   You have to understand that I am a boxer and we both come from boxing backgrounds.  We do have a lot of knockouts as professionals.  If adjustments need to be made it could go the distance.  I’m not saying that my plan is to go in there and knock somebody out.  This is boxing – you can’t really say what is going to happen because anything can happen in that square ring.

Your one loss was by knockout and you were knocked down against Mora.  Do you think that because Golvokin has never been stopped that many think he will come out on top because of that?

DANIEL JACOBS:  Yes, I can see how people would say that.  I can see the controversy.  I can see how people would say that given that fact that he’s never been down or never been hurt from what we’ve seen.  It would be easy to say “if anyone would go Jacobs would go.”  I could see how people would say that.  But like I say this is a sport where you have to continuously prove yourself.  So no matter what the past says, no matter what people say, it’s really up to me to go in there and do the job

Do you think of your 12 in a row knockout streak or your one loss and what was the reason for that loss?  What were the circumstances?

DANIEL JACOBS:  If you go back to the fight you can see me clearly begging to the referee to get back when I got up.  Yes I was hurt but not to the point where I would consider myself out.  It was the first time I had ever seen a world championship fight where the referee pushes the fighter down and says ‘no you can’t get back up.  You can’t continue,’ at the count of what - 4 or 5?  I mean this is a world championship fight.  I can argue that, which I get tired of, I can argue that until your ears pop off but at the end of the day I have the skills, I have matured, I have grown, and that’s what I’m really looking forward to.  We can talk about specifics and we can talk about this or talk about that but at the end of the day it’s all about March 18.  We don’t know what’s going to happen on March 18.  I am highly, 100% confident in my ability in what I can do and causing what people will consider an upset.

Andre, what do you see, when you look at the videos, and what is your assessment of Gennady’s punching power?

ANDRE ROZIER:  He has good punching power.  I will not say that he has hellacious punching power.  He doesn’t hit people with one shot then they go away.  Most of his knockouts come through attrition where he constantly banging at you and wearing you down.  He’s had a couple but Danny has had more first round knockouts than he has and Danny has hit a lot more people with one or two clean shots than Gennady has.  If you look at Gennady’s last fight against Kell Brook, Kell was tripped up a bit in the first round but never went down but the attrition effort with Golovkin constantly applying pressure and breaking him down.   A lot of people get caught up in the issue ‘OK the bottom line is did he win by knockout?’  Yes he did, but we knock people out and that’s going to be one of the amazing differences, when people see and they keep mentioning it constantly that Danny went down.  Yes Danny went down but Danny is a lot smarter.  In his fight against Kid Chocolate, he showed athleticism and incredible aggression, a little more than I wanted, he was a monster, and that’s what Danny can do.  Danny can go from being up on his toes, flash and jab and quick combinations or he may come at you like a wild beast – bang and dig and scruff you out.  He has many, many options.  Gennady can punch but Danny can punch too.  Gennady is rough and Danny can be rough too.  Danny’s hands are a lot faster than his opponent.  You are going to see some of the differences play out in this fight.

Has the talk of Golovkin fighting Canelo motivated you in camp?

DANIEL JACOBS:  We don’t really talk about it.  We maybe laugh about it but for anyone to make plans past this fight whether it is his team or whether it is him himself, honestly I just feel like his focus should be 100% on me.  It doesn’t really add so much motivation but it just adds to it.  I am self motivated and this fight is motivating in itself in what I can accomplish in fulfilling my dreams – that’s good enough for me but I think whether it is speculation or not, I just think it is foolish for one to do things like that – taking me for granted and I don’t think they want to get into that – planning before the fight happens.

He says he is not looking past you but do you believe that?

DANIEL JACOBS:  I would say so but I haven’t been into the media too much lately – I have been focused on my training so I can’t really say I just think that, like I said before if I was to make a comment about it, it would be a foolish thing for anyone to do if it were against any fighter  The fighter that I am I am focused on the task at hand and the things that I have to do.  I haven’t left any stones unturned and I believe it’s going to show up and you are going to see the best Danny Jacobs on March 18.

How has Chris Algieri helped?

DANIEL JACOBS:  Having Chris around is really cool.  There are many reasons but Chris understands too what it is to be at this level and kind of being a fighter and eating healthy and preparing meals and making sure that I am in the best mind frame and physical condition as well.  The nutrition he has for me keeps me in the best possible condition.  It takes a load off my mind that come fight night after the weigh-in, I’ll make weight easy, well not easy, but easier.  I have been a middleweight my whole career and I will be fully 100% come fight night, he has been a really good addition to the team and I’m glad he is out here – I have known him for years.  I think it is the best decision as far as adding a new person to the team.