The Danny Jacobs Hollywood boxing story continues this weekend in Long Island where ‘The Miracle Man’ returns to action.
Eddie Hearn’s venture into the American boxing market all starts on Saturday night, with one of America’s most marketable stars.
With the looks of a Hollywood actor and the personality to match, Daniel Jacobs quite literally is a Hollywood movie in the making. From cancer survivor to nearly defeating the seemingly invincible Gennady Golovkin in March.
A few more favourable scorecards in favour of ‘The Miracle Man’ and he would have completed one of the greatest comebacks in sporting history in some fine fashion.
But while Jacobs awaits his chance to avenge that loss, he must have his concentration glued to the man in front of him tomorrow night.
Luis Arias is no easy assignment, and has certainly talked himself up to a point where a fine performance from him is a must.
Arias’ last win over Arif Magomedov should have been enough to have Jacobs on high alert to keep his dreams of reigning as champion yet again alive.
But while sharing the same height, Jacobs is a large, well-built Middleweight, and should hold all physical advantages over his outspoken rival.
Arias 18-0(9KO’s) can give a good account of himself on the big stage, but will come unstuck as Jacobs proves that he should be considered among the best in the Middleweight rankings.
Jacobs 32-2(29KO’s) can edge away after an unsteady start, before his power proves pivotal as Arias tires. Stepping on the gas late on, Jacobs can force the referee’s intervention with Arias still on his feet in the 10th.
Elsewhere, Hearn will hope that UK fans can see the potential next opponent for Anthony Joshua, as Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller puts on a show against the durable Mariusz Wach.
Miller 19-0-1(17KO’s) has had plenty of words for AJ, and will look to back up a retirement victory over Gerald Washington with another victory inside the distance.
Miller possesses a high work rate with relentless punching on the inside. But he can be vulnerable from long range, which is where Wach 33-2(17KO’s) will have some success.
This one is likely to see Miller run out a winner on points, not giving him the statement knockout he will crave.