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Jacobs: Luis Arias has to be Superman to beat me

Jacobs: Luis Arias has to be Superman to beat me

Former WBA middleweight champion Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (32-2, 29 KOs) doesn’t see there being any possible way for unbeaten Luis Arias (18-0, 9 KOs) to beat him unless he can turn into Superman on November 4 in their fight on HBO World Championship Boxing at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.

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This is a big fight for Jacobs. It’s his first with HBO and his new promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport. Hearn thinks he’s going to turn Jacobs into the best fighter in the middleweight division. Hearn is already talking about matching Jacobs against Gennady Golovkin and Saul Canelo Alvarez.

Jacobs, 30, doesn’t see Arias as being on the same level as him in terms of ability and experience at the pro level. Jacobs is amused that Arias has chosen to talk up his amateur background, as he feels that’s not relevant to the level they’re going to be fighting at on November 4.

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Arias hasn’t been a pro long enough to accumulate much in the way of experience. Arias’ turned pro 5 years ago in 2012, and his best win of his career was his recent 5th round knockout win over Arif Magomedov on June 17. In comparison, Jacobs has been a pro for twice as long as Arias at 10 years, and his best wins have come against Peter Quillin, Sergio Mora, Caleb Truax, Ishe Smith and Jarrod Fletcher. Jacobs hasn’t beaten a lot of top guys unfortunately.

“He has to be super human to beat me and I will be his kryptonite,” said Jacobs about Arias. ”I don’t think he has the mentality. He talks a lot of trash but when you go in there it’s a different story. Yeah, you can make it sound good outside the ring – you can trash talk and you can try and hype yourself up but it’s a totally different story once you get inside that ring – you get hit then you realize you are in there with a totally different caliber of fighter,” said Jacobs.

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Jacobs’ newfound popularity derives from him losing a close 12 round unanimous decision to IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion on March 18 on HBO PPV earlier this year. Jacobs bulked up and came into the fight with Golovkin looking like a light heavyweight. Even then, Jacobs struggled with Golovkin’s punching power. Jacobs probably would have been knocked out in the fight if Golovkin had showed some aggression instead of fighting so passively.

“There are levels to this game and I am going to show him that on November 11,” said Jacobs about Arias.