After almost eight months out of the ring, many people were wondering how Daniel Jacobs (33-2, 29KO’s) would bounce back from a tough loss to Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin. His opponent, Luis Arias (18-1, 9KO’s) seemed very confident in his ability to beat Jacobs.
After the first few rounds, I had a feel of how the fight would actually go. Jacobs, now with Matchroom Boxing and HBO, seemed to want to press the action and make an emphatic statement in his initial scrap under his new promotional umbrella. As the fight went on, Jacobs was able to land significant blows on numerous occasions before being continuously cobra-clutched by Arias. At one point, the combative action spilled outside of the ring as former heavyweight great Gerry Cooney walked by me and landed a chopping right on the top of my head. My initial reaction was to throw a Larry Holmes-like jab, but the way my staminia is set up, things would have probably went downhill right away…LOL. Before our heated, but not so heated exchange, Cooney reminded me that he last fought at Nassau Coliseum back in 1980. OMG, I can’t make this shit up!
Anyway, back to Jacobs. For what it’s worth, I had him winning every round. Arias, though a tough competitor, lacked the power to pose any kind of viable threat to Jacobs. Most people that I spoke to at ringside believe that Jacobs is still the second or third best middleweight in the world depending on what class you put Canelo in.
After the fight, Max Kellerman asked Jacobs about a potential matchup between the winner of David Lemieux vs. Billy Joe Saunders. “I am extremely confident and I’m willing to take on anyone”, said Jacobs. Also looming in the distance is the winner of the potential rematch of Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez.
In case you missed the fight, check out the highlights courtesy of HBO. #ChillinWithCheese