Promoter Eddie Hearn is calling Danny Jacobs (32-2, 29 KOs) the best middleweight in the division after signing him recently to his Matchroom Sport promotions. Hearn says Jacobs should have been given the ‘W’ in his fight with Gennady “GGG” Golovkin last March.
Hearn is working hard trying to build up Jacobs as the next world beater. This could come crashing down on Hearn’s head if he gets beaten in his next fight on November 11. This will be Jacobs’ first fight of a multi-fight deal with HBO Boxing.
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Hearn has everything mapped out in what he sees Jacobs doing with his career in the next year. First there’s a fight against unbeaten Luis Arias (18-0, 9 KOs) on November 11 next month, and hen a match in February or March of next year against David Lemieux. After that, Hearn sees Jacobs facing the winner of the May 5th rematch between Saul Canelo Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin.
Hearn believes that HBO will help him get those important fights for Jacobs, and then he’ll do his part by defeating those fighters. There’s only one problem with Hearn’s vision. Jacobs might not even get past the 27-year-old Arias next month. Jacobs has a history of being chinny. We saw him get knocked out by Dmitry Pirog in 2010.
Besides the knockout loss to Pirog, Jacobs has been hurt in the past in fights against Michael Walker, Ishe Smith, Sergio Mora and Golovkin. All of those fighters stunned Jacobs. Arias can really punch, and he’s got the best boxing skills of anyone other than Golovkin. Jacobs was lucky in the Golovkin fight that he didn’t get attacked in a real way in that fight, because if Golovkin had fought aggressively as Pirog did, it’s doubtful that Jacobs would have survived.
Golovkin fought like he was trying not to knock Jacobs out for some reason. He was either scared of Jacobs or he intentionally let him survive so he would look vulnerable in the fight for the purpose of getting Golden Boy to make the fight against Canelo Alvarez.
Arias showed Jacobs absolutely no respect in their recent kickoff press conference last month, and it seemed like it really got on his nerves in a real way.
“I thought this was going to be a cool press conference; we were going to get up here and take pictures and talk about stuff,” Jacobs said. “But this guy is taking it to another level. He’s got the jewels on, the Fruity Pebbles suit on. I mean, please. New Yorkers, you’re in for a treat.”
If Jacobs gets knocked out by Arias, Hearn is going to be stuck with a guy that he paid a bunch of money to in signing him to his Matchroom Sport stable, and he’s not going to know what to do with him. Does Hearn keep Jacobs or does he dump him at that point and abandon ship? The problem is that if Jacobs gets knocked out by Arias, Hearn is going to find it next to impossible for him to get important fights for him against the likes of David Lemieux and the Canelo-GGG winner. Those guys can effectively put Jacobs and Hearn on ignore no matter how hard Hearn tries to make a fight with them.
“I don’t plan on training for a marathon, so please, when I hit you, just don’t run,” Arias said. “I’m going to be in the middle of the ring, you’re not going to have to go find me. I’m going to be right.”