Two boxing veterans are out to prove they still have plenty left in the tank. Daniel Jacobs and John Ryder will square off in a super middleweight bout on Saturday, February 12 at London’s Alexandra Palace.
Jacobs made his professional debut in 2007. He won the WBA middleweight title in 2014 and defended it four times. The two-time Golden Gloves champion lost the title to Gennadiy Golovkin in 2017. Jacobs won three in a row after that loss, including the IBF middleweight title, but lost it to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in 2019.
The “Miracle Man” has won two in a row since then, but hasn’t fought since November 2020 against Gabriel Rosado.
Ryder made his pro debut in 2010. “The Gorilla” has competed for numerous titles and won the interim WBA super middleweight belt in 2019. He challenged Callum Smith for the WBA and The Ring super middleweight titles in 2019, but lost by unanimous decision. He has since won two in a row, most recently defeating Jozef Jurko by TKO last September.
Alvarez is the undisputed super middleweight champion. Jacobs and Ryder could find themselves with a title shot after a win.
Daniel Jacobs vs. John Ryder odds
According to FanDuel Sportsbook Ryder is the underdog (+125), meaning a $100 bet will result in a $125 profit. Jacobs is the -165 favorite, meaning a $165 bet will result in a $100 profit.
Daniel Jacobs vs. John Ryder prediction
In this fight between patient boxers, two old men (Ryder is 33 and Jacobs is 35) have a chance to gain momentum within the division.
Ryder (30-5, 17 KOs) has only been stopped once, against Nick Blackwell. In his last loss, to Callum Smith, Ryder landed 185 total punches at about 6.1 per minute, according to BoxStat. His main attack was the lead hook. In his last fight, he used his uppercut to knock out Josef Jurko.
According to CompuBox, Jacobs (37-3, 30 KOs) landed 78 punches against Gabriel Rosado, who landed the same. He did not land any double-digit punches. He did, however, throw 549 punches, 56 of which were power punches. Will he have his power after a two-year absence? Jacobs threw 155 punches against Alvarez when they met, while Alvarez threw 174. Jacobs averaged 4.3 punches per minute.
Jacobs seems to have more stamina the longer the fight. Ryder’s fights typically last an average of 6.8 rounds, compared to Jacobs’ 10.6. Of Jacobs’ last seven fights, six have gone the distance. Ryder has gone the distance twice in his last seven fights.
The fight favors Jacobs, but will the lack of action affect him? He has the advantage in height (6-0 vs. 5-9) and reach (72.8 inches vs. 72 inches) over Ryder, and his power and speed are as dangerous as ever. In fact, the time off may have kept him together.
With that long reach, a patient personality and having faced limited damage each time out, Jacobs has a path to win.
Matchtime Prediction: Daniel Jacobs by unanimous decision (+130).