Jacobs vs. Arias Confirmed for Nov. 11

By Caryn A. Tate on October 3, 2017
Jacobs vs. Arias Confirmed for Nov. 11
“He (Luis Arias) is an undefeated champion and he’s looking to ruin all the plans I have.”

On September 23, Jacobs announced his new multi-fight deal with British promoter Matchroom Boxing, led by Eddie Hearn, as well as a TV deal with HBO…

On Tuesday, former WBA World middleweight champion Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (32-2, 29 KOs) held a press conference with his new promoter Matchroom Boxing to announce Jacobs’ next fight. His November 11 opponent was revealed to be Luis “Cuba” Arias (18-0, 9 KOs). The event will take place at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island, New York.

On the undercard will be a 10-round heavyweight bout between Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (19-0-1, 17 KOs) and Mariusz “The Viking” Wach (33-2, 17 KOs).

Jacobs faced unified middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin back in March, where he lost a close decision. Arias was last seen in June on the Ward vs. Kovalev 2 undercard, when he stopped Arif Magomedov in 5 rounds.

On September 23, Jacobs announced his new multi-fight deal with British promoter Matchroom Boxing, led by Eddie Hearn, as well as a TV deal with HBO. Hearn has made waves with his company in the UK, and is now expanding his reach to the United States—Matchroom will be opening an office in New York. Brooklyn native Jacobs is the first American fighter to sign with the company.

“We aim to bring the same fresh approach to America that we did in the UK,” Hearn said. “[Jacobs] is in my opinion the #1 middleweight in the world. We’ll be bringing it back to Brooklyn [for Jacobs’ next fight] in March or April.”

Peter Nelson, Executive Vice President of Sports at HBO, said, “Keith Connolly [Jacobs’ manager] and Eddie Hearn came to us and said, ‘do you guys want to sign Danny Jacobs? And we said yes. That’s how complicated this was.” He added, “We’re gonna do a 15-minute special feature in the lead-up to this fight that talks about Daniel Jacobs and his backstory, and behind-the-scenes of his camp.”

Heavyweights Wach and Miller took to the podium next. Said Wach, “We know that Miller is a strong fighter. But he hasn’t met a fighter like me and November 11 it’s going to be war.”

“This was a long time coming,” Miller stated. “Anybody who knows anything about fighters, about the streets, you know it takes a long time. I had no easy routes taken—15 years to get here.”

Addressing his physical size, Miller continued, “I’m 296 right now, with 5 weeks to go. Imagine what’s gonna happen on November 11. I’m gonna take your head off,” he added, addressing Wach directly. “But thank you for signing the contract. We got one dummy to sign the contract.”

When Arias took arrived at the podium, he said, mimicking HBO commentators, “’Down goes Jacobs! He’s not getting up, Jim!’ Let’s not pretend it hasn’t happened before. That chin has been checked. You did good against Golovkin but there were times in that fight when I didn’t know if you was boxing or running. I’ve been watching Daniel Jacobs since I was 15, 16 years old. Even then, he was getting dropped. They never even took him outside the U.S. in the amateurs.

“I’ve never hit the deck. Never been hurt. If I’d fought the guys he’s fought, I’d be 30-0 too. That chin is suspect. I don’t plan to train for a marathon, so please, when I hit you, just don’t run. November 11, I’m shocking the world.”

Daniel Jacobs addressed the enormity of the event as well as Arias’ comments. “He (Arias) is an undefeated champion and he’s looking to ruin all the plans I have and the plans my promoter has for me. I’m taking this fight very serious. It’s in my hometown—added pressure. First appearance on HBO—this is supposed to be my showcase. Now this man is gonna try to ruin it all. I’m gonna do my best and give a great show.

“Yeah, I’ve gone down in the amateurs against Shawn Porter, against Pirog as a professional, Golovkin, and Sergio Mora. None of that matters. We could stand here and compare amateur records. We could go on and on. But none of that matters. What matters is we step in the ring and give our best with our best foot forward.

“I thought this was gonna be a fun press conference, we’d be taking pictures and stuff. But this guy [Arias] has taken it to another level. He needs to get his mouth shut. Tune in, it’s gonna be a great fight.”

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  1. Koolz 01:58pm, 10/03/2017

    I don’t know anything about him.
    does Jacobs come in over 180 for this fight too?

    Time to look up pro fights of Arias.
    ah ha!  Arias vs Magomedov!

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