Workmanlike Jacobs Outpoints Arias

By Robert Ecksel on November 11, 2017
Workmanlike Jacobs Outpoints Arias
It was Danny's first time fighting under the Matchroom Boxing banner. (Getty Images)

Luis Arias was game but outgunned in every category that mattered, and even in categories that didn’t matter…

Saturday night at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, former WBA World middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs (33-2, 29 KOs), from Brooklyn, New York, outpointed the game but outclassed Luis Arias (18-1, 9 KOs), from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, after 12 lopsided rounds.

The final scores were 120-107 (Julie Lederman), 119-108 (Steve Weisfeld), and 118-109 (Larry Hazzard Jr.).

The fight was the first for Jacobs fighting under the Matchroom Boxing banner. With steady Eddie Hearn handing the particulars, which include HBO providing Jacobs welcome but vociferous cover, a more competitive fight would have made sense under the circumstances. Maybe Matchroom and HBO need more time to smooth the rough edges. Maybe can wait for his fight with Canelo.

Fighting out of the red corner in red and grey trunks, Jacobs quickly established who the better fighter was. Bigger, stronger, more seasoned and experienced, Jacobs prevented Arias from mounting any significant offensive output.

Arias, fighting out of the red corner in red trunks trimmed in white, did as well as can be expected. But he was outgunned in every category that mattered, and even in categories that didn’t matter. Perhaps that’s how it was meant to be. But perhaps Jacobs deserves better.

Allowing for human error in exchange for some semblance of how one-sided the bout was, CompuBox numbers fill in the blanks.

Jacobs landed 184 of 581 total punches thrown (31.7%) to 88 of 318 (27%) for Arias. Jacobs connected with 44 of 267 jabs (16.5%) to 18 of 100 (18%) for Arias. It was no better in the power punch department. Jacobs landed 140 of 314 (44.6%). Arias landed 70 of 218 (32.1%) power punches thrown.

Less known for its language than the legitimacy of their numbers, CompuBox described Jacobs’ performance as “workmanlike,” which is as good a summation as any. The fight was in the bag from the moment it was signed. If it turms out that Jacobs is one of those fighters who fights up or down to the level of his competition, he needs stiffer competition in order for his fights to be interesting, let alone meaningful.

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  1. Pete The Sneak 05:14am, 11/14/2017

    Lucas McCain, I hear you….Peace.

  2. Lucas McCain 03:07pm, 11/13/2017

    I think those are “voluntary” or so it was once explained on HBO.  Strikes me as absurd and dangerous to both fighters, but since when does reason rule the ring?

  3. Koolz 03:01pm, 11/13/2017

    Sounds like in this fight Jacobs pulled the same stunt as when he fought GGG.  Where is that Day weigh in.

  4. Lucas McCain 02:01pm, 11/13/2017

    Pete,  I see you are an “ear man.”

  5. Pete The Sneak 05:09am, 11/13/2017

    Is it just me, or does anyone else think that Daniel Jacobs is a dead ringer for Will Smith?...Peace.

  6. Koolz 02:34pm, 11/12/2017

    Taylor vs Vazquez

  7. Koolz 02:08pm, 11/12/2017

    Wach vs Miller

  8. Koolz 02:05pm, 11/12/2017

    My Russian Friends
    Beterbiev vs Koelling

  9. Bruno Schleinstein 01:30pm, 11/12/2017

    Workmanlike cruiserweight! Same day weigh-ins! You’re either a middleweight or you’re not! When you skip that second day weigh-in you’re hiding something…..this is one “sport” where you shouldn’t be allowed to hide anything….not a single Goddamned thing! Every bit as shitty as PEDS and loaded gloves! All this shit before the fight even starts and then during the fight you have really piss poor officiating that result in Prichard Colon and Magomed Abdusalamov living out their lives trapped in a living hell!

  10. Koolz 11:49am, 11/12/2017

    that’s not good enough to beat Golovkin in a rematch.

  11. Bruno Schleinstein 10:32am, 11/12/2017

    It’s no optical illusion….those white Everlast gloves are pillows! More than that they effect the judging making it more difficult to discern clean impactful punches! Still….as always Julie Lederman got it right!

  12. Robert Ecksel 06:30am, 11/12/2017

    Thank you, Lucas. Much appreciated. Coming from you, that means something.

  13. Lucas McCain 06:05am, 11/12/2017

    “But he was outgunned in every category that mattered, and even in categories that didn’t matter.”  That has the bright ring of fine crystal!

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