Two boxing veterans are ready to prove that they still have a lot in the tank. Daniel Jacobs and John Ryder will face off for the super middleweight title on Saturday, February 12, inside 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 to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in 2019.
“Miracle Man” has won two in a row since then but hasn’t played since November 2020 against Gabriel Rosado.
Ryder made his professional debut in 2010. “The Gorilla” competed for multiple titles and won the interim WBA super middleweight belt in 2019. He challenged Callum Smith for the WBA super middleweight titles. and The Ring in 2019 but were lost by an inconsistent decision. He has won two games in a row, most recently defeating Jozef Jurko via TKO last September.
Alvarez is the undisputed super middleweight champion. Jacobs and Ryder could both see themselves with a title after winning.
Sporting News analyzes the fight and provides insight into the betting aspects of the match.
Odds between Daniel Jacobs and John Ryder
Based on FanDuel Sportsbook, Ryder is the team lower than +125, meaning a $100 bet will result in a $125 profit. Jacobs is a -165 favorite, which means a $165 bet would result in a $100 profit.
Bets in favor of Daniel Jacobs vs. John Ryder
According to Bet365, through OddsChecker
- Jacobs via KO/TKO: +400
- Jacobs passed the decision: +130
- Ryder via KO/TKO: +600
- Ryder approved the decision: +240
Predictions between Daniel Jacobs and John Ryder
In this showdown between patient fighters, two older statesmen (33-year-old Ryder and 35-year-old Jacobs) have a chance to regain momentum in the ring.
Ryder (30-5, 17 KOs) has only been stopped once, against Nick Blackwell. In his final loss to Callum Smith, Ryder delivered a total of 185 punches, with about 6.1 landings per minute, each BoxStat. His main attack is the lead hook. In his final fight, he used his top lane to take down Josef Jurko.
Based on CompuBox, Jacobs (37-3, 30 KOs) knocks down 78 punches on Gabriel Rosado, who also lands similarly. He failed to hit a double-digit attack. However, he delivered 549 punches, with 56 of them power shots. Will his powers last in two years? Jacobs landed 155 photos against Alvarez as they fought, while Alvarez landed 174. Jacobs averaged 4.3 hits per minute.
Jacobs seems to have more stamina as the battle progresses. Ryder’s battles are often long Average 6.8 rounds compare to Jacobs ‘10.6. Of the Jacobs’ last seven games, six have spanned the gap. Ryder has covered the distance twice in his last seven games.
The fight favors Jacobs, but will the lack of action affect him? He has the advantage of height (6-0 vs 5-9) and reach (72.8 inches to 72 inches) over Ryder, and his power and speed are as deadly as ever. over. In fact, the break may have held him together.
With his long reach, a patient personality, and little to no damage on every take, Jacobs has a path to victory.