Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn has signed former middleweight champ Daniel Jacobs (32-2, 29 KOs) to a multi-fight deal with his British promotional company in hopes of matching him against the winner of the rematch between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin next year.
Jacobs will be fighting on November 11 on HBO Boxing in the U.S. His opponent is still to be decided. It will need to be a good fighter for Jacobs to headline his own card. HBO is generally very picky in the kind of fights they allow as headliners on their boxing cards. HBO will allow fighters to take soft jobs on occasion, like they did with Miguel Cotto facing Yoshihiro Kamegai, on August 26, but they want a quality match-up after that.
There’s a possibility Jacobs will be given permission to fight a 2nd tier guy with no talent and no chance to compete with him on HBO, but his next fight on the network will likely need to be someone very good. HBO is likely counting on Jacobs getting the winner of the Canelo-Golovkin 2 fight in 2018.
“I’m truly excited to be joining Matchroom Boxing and HBO,” said Jacobs. “This is a new beginning for my career and I get a chance to showcase my skills to the world. I can’t wait to return to the ring in November, being active and recapturing the World middleweight title.”
Jacobs needs to make some moves to keep his boxing career alive. He hasn’t fought since March, and he didn’t do much in the Golovkin fight until the second half of the bout. Jacobs fought like he was scared of Golovkin for most of the fight. Before Jacobs fought Golovkin, he’d defended his WBA middleweight title successfully 4 times in beating Caleb Truax, Sergio Mora x 2 and Peter Quillin. 3 of those fights were uninspiring mismatches against dull opposition.
Jacobs has fought only 2 good fighters in the last 7 years of his career since his loss to Dmitry Pirog in 2010. Jacobs has got to do a lot more if he wants to become a star in boxing. Jacobs has been an underachiever since turning pro. The match-making hasn’t been there, and he’s spent too many years with tune-up level fights.
Jacobs, 30, lost to Golovkin on March 18 in getting beaten by a 12 round unanimous decision, but the American is adamant that he deserved the decision by the judges. The fight was close enough to call for a rematch. Golovkin had bigger fish to fry in facing Canelo Alvarez in their fight on September 16. The judges scored the fight as a 12-round draw, so the two guys will likely be doing it again in May of 2018 on Cinco de Mayo.
“It’s an honor to welcome Danny Jacobs to the Matchroom Boxing team and to join forces with HBO boxing to showcase his fights,” said Hearn. “I believe Danny has proved himself as the top Middleweight in World boxing and has one of the most inspirational stories you will ever see in the sport which must be told. We plan on keeping Danny nice and busy kicking off in November, then back in the spring with the obvious target of the Canelo vs GGG winner.
I don’t think Golden Boy has Jacobs on their radar screen in 2018 for Canelo Alvarez. Hearn needs to come down to earth and recognize that right now. Golden Boy isn’t going to make that fight, and neither is Golovkin. Jacobs is more trouble than he’s worth. It doesn’t matter which high-powered promoter guides Jacobs’ career.
Golovkin wants WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders after he gets done with his business of fighting Canelo 2 or 3 times. Jacobs is rearview mirror, along with the likes of Jermall Charlo and Sergiy Derevyanchenko. If Jacobs and Matchroom Sport want a big fight, they need to match him against Charlo and/or Derevyanchenko. Those are the guys that Jacobs needs to be fighting right now to distinguish himself and bring his boxing career back to where it was before he was outpointed by Triple G.
The results of that fight showed flaws in Jacobs’ game in terms of his chin. If he can beat Charlo and Derevyancenko, it would go a long way towards showing the boxing world that he has the chin to compete at the highest rungs of the sport. We know Jacobs can be a paper champion. What we don’t know is if he has the talent to be a legitimate champion, and not someone who is pampered by being put in easy title defenses against over-matched 2nd tier level fighters like Sergio Mora and Caleb Truax.
Those title defenses were embarrassingly bad for Jacobs. Fighting Mora once was bad enough, but twice? It made no sense. It was a waste of a fight for Jacobs. If Jacobs is going to become a champion again in the future, I don’t see it as a good thing for boxing if he’s going to go back to fighting the fodder that he was fighting when he held the WBA title for a 3-year period from 2014 to 2017.
“This signing marks the first of many in the US market as we look forward to building on our success in the UK, raising fighters’ activities levels and profiles and providing fans with atmosphere and drama from this great sport,” said Hearn.
Hearn should take Jacobs over to the UK to try and turn him into a star over there so he can get the easy money fighting the domestic level guys on Sky Box Office PPV. However, Jacobs and Hearn obviously want the big money that comes from fighting Golovkin or Canelo. I don’t know if that’s going to happen if all Jacobs is going to do is take on poor opposition in padding his record so he doesn’t get beaten while waiting for Canelo or Golovkin to look his way. There’s a right way and a wrong way to try and get Canelo and Golovkin to fight you. The right way would be for Jacobs to fight Charlo or Derevyancyenko and beat one or both of those guys to show you deserve a fight against Canelo and GGG. The wrong way would be for Jacobs to fight on HBO Boxing and fight some completely over-matched guy like Dmitry Chudinov, Jason Quigley, Curtis Stevens and Martin Murray. I wouldn’t mind seeing Jacobs fight David Lemieux. That isn’t going to happen though. It’s likely going to be someone that is down in their luck, and needing the money that HBO will pay to them to be the B-side opponent for Jacobs. It can’t see it being someone good.
Jacobs will be fighting unbeaten Luis Arias (18-0, 9 KOs) on November 11 on HBO Boxing from the Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York. Arias is a good fighter, but he’s not the banger that Lemieux, Derevyanchenko and Charlo are. HBO should insist that Jacobs fight one of those guys.