15/04/2024

Krystina 'Mousey' Jacobs is aiming to add another professional title to her record in Saturday night's Australasian Featherweight title bout with Beck Hawker - Photo: Marty's Knockout Photography

After capturing a WIBA World title, Krystina 'Mousey' Jacobs is driven to claim a second professional title against Beck Hawker in Hobart on Saturday night

When Krystina ‘Mousey’ Jacobs (5-1) takes to the ring at Hobart’s Town Hall on Saturday night, she knows that there will be a proverbial army of support behind her.

In fact, hype has grown to the point that the building has come to be known as the ‘House of Mouse’, ahead of her ANBF Australasian Featherweight title clash with Beck Hawker (3-0, 1 KO).

Though she is more inclined to let her hands do the talking, Jacobs is embracing the spotlight and love shown by her home city.

“It’s good, I’ve been liking it,” she told The Inner Sanctum.

“I get more and more people behind me every time I fight now, so I’ve got to do it for all of them as well because they’ve come to support me.

“It just motivates me more.”

The upcoming eight round bout will be Jacobs’ second main event title fight at the venue for the year, after capturing the WIBA World Super Featherweight title against Lorrinada Webb in March.

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All the action from ‘Mousey’ Jacobs’ last fight vs Lorrinda Webb in March 2021

That night, the Tasmanian controlled the action to take a unanimous points decision over 10 hard fought rounds. Central to her game plan was a perfect mix of pressure and power, keeping Webb backed up against the ropes for much of the fight and knocking her down with a stinging left hook in the third round.

If Jacobs is to double-down on her title aspirations and another belt to her record however, she knows that she will have to fight at her absolute best again.

While only three fights into her career, Hawker has victories in Queensland and ANBF Australian Featherweight title fights to her name.

Moreover, ‘Mousey’ recognises that her Brisbane based counterpart is an incredibly tough opponent that will throw caution to the wind between the ropes.

“She’s tough. She’s fought a lot of tough opponents and she really does like to come forward as well,” Jacobs told.

“It’s going to be a battle of who can come forward the most I think.

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Despite some uncontrollable interruptions, motivation has not waivered for the 27 year old, who has remained incredibly focused.

With a COVID scare rocking Hobart into a snap, three day lockdown, Jacobs was forced to train using some unconventional methods.

Coupled with this is the fact that the bout will be contested in the Featherweight division, a weight class that ‘Mousey’ is competing in for the first time since 2019.

Yet, she has taken the adversity in her stride and focused on the positives that have emerged from the break in her usual preparation.

“It’s been really good actually with the COVID stuff. I think it helped a little bit, I had to go and run more, obviously,” Jacobs revealed.

“I just trained in my loungeroom at home, did a bit of pad work as well with the people in my house.

“It didn’t really affect me too much.

“The diet just had to go to another level and it just made me train harder. I’m nearly at weight now so everything’s on track.”

‘Mousey’ Jacobs in action against Ranee Klinratree in 2019 – Photo: Marty’s Knockout Photography

Equipped with a strong mindset in her toolkit, Jacobs enters the event titled Havoc at the Hall at the height of her powers.

Without looking past the willing and dangerous Hawker, the humble ‘Hobartian’ is confident in her chances, believing that her skillset and style will hold her in good stead.

“I think that it’s definitely going to go all eight rounds, but I think that I can out-box her. That’ll be the plan anyway,” Jacobs concluded.

“That’s going to be my main goal, to keep her on the back foot and out-box her.”

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