By: Jerome Souza (@FirstClassBox)
Brooklyn’s Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (32-1, 29 KO) is less than two weeks away from the biggest fight of his career when he takes on Gennady Golovkin (36-0, 33 KO). The Middleweight Championship will take place at the Mecca of boxing, the Madison Square Garden and will be broadcasted live on HBO Pay-Per-View. Golovkin, has found a home in Southern California and has continually kept training camp in Big Bear along with his chief second Abel Sanchez. Jacobs, however, decided to relocate to Virgil Hunter’s gym in Hayward, California, which is located about 30 minutes outside of San Francisco, CA and two cities south of Oakland. Andre Rozier has remained Jacobs’ main trainer but the Brooklyn-based fighter has followed in the footsteps of Andre Berto, Amir Khan, Andrzej Fonfara, Peter Quillin and others by preparing for their bouts in Northern California’s East Bay.
As Jacobs’ takes in his final preparations for his March 18th title fight, he, along his trainer Rozier and manager Keith Connolly, participated in a media conference this past week. FirstClassBoxing.com was able to ask Jacobs about his experience being away from his home state and living and training in the San Francisco Bay Area. “The Bay Area is awesome despite a little bit of rain. The area is amazing and the weather is nice, the air is fresh. I go out for a run and see all the mountains and see all the nature – it just adds to a good mental state”, said Jacobs. Like the other out-of-town fighters, Jacobs is able to seclude himself and concentrate solely on boxing. It doesn’t hurt that the East Bay hardly has a winter in comparison to the dredges of New York snow and low temperatures.
Another advantage of utilizing Hunter’s gym is the present level of talent. Training alongside other world class fighters can give a boost in one’s skillset and mental focus. “Being out here with these top contenders and champions and the interest in having them know that they want me to win this fight and hoping I do good. I can genuinely feel that everybody is supporting me”. In addition to Golovkin-Jacobs on March 18th, Fonfara recently defeated Chad Dawson, Andre Berto takes on Shawn Porter in April, Khan is expected to face Manny Pacquiao in May, and Andre Ward is rumored to rematch Sergey Kovalev in July. Busy months ahead but it shows that in Hunter’s gym there are no months off, someone is always training for a big fight.
The boxing world will wait and see if Jacobs’ training camp travels will pay off in the ring.The ”Miracle Man” is attempting to be the first man to defeat Golovkin in the professional ring and put a haul to his 23-fight knockout streak. Regardless of the outcome, expect to shift training camps to Northern California the next time around. “I’ve had a great camp out here in the Bay Area and I look forward to doing it again”.