NEW START

For both Daniel Ja­cobs and pro­moter Ed­die Hearn, writes Daniel Her­bert

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IIT’S not of­ten that the pro­moter is the big story of a fight, but that’s the case when Match­room’s Ed­die Hearn makes his US de­but with a card at the Nas­sau Coli­seum in Union­dale, New York on Satur­day (Novem­ber 11).

The main event is solid enough with for­mer world cham­pion Daniel Ja­cobs tack­ling un­beaten Luis Arias in a mid­dleweight 12-rounder, backed by two in­ter­est­ing 10s pit­ting Jar­rell Miller against Mar­iusz Wach at heavy­weight and Cle­tus Seldin ver­sus Roberto Or­tiz at su­per-light.

HBO tele­vises in the USA, Sky Sports in the UK – and it could prove a wa­ter­shed if Hearn can re­pro­duce State­side the sort of Bri­tish suc­cess he has en­joyed in re­cent years.

Of course, Hearn has taken plenty of his box­ers to fights across The Pond, and al­ready ex­panded his Euro­pean ac­tiv­i­ties to Monaco. But Satur­day marks his first pro­mo­tion in the US and, just as im­por­tantly, his first hook-up with Ja­cobs, a fighter pre­vi­ously with Al Hay­mon’s Premier Box­ing Cham­pi­ons set-up.

It’s un­der­stood other lead­ing Amer­i­can box­ers, un­happy at their lack of ac­tiv­ity un­der ad­viser Hay­mon and his “front” pro­mot­ers, have con­tacted Hearn about jump­ing ship.

Per­haps it will de­pend on what TV deals he can strike, and he holds a huge bar­gain­ing chip in word heavy­weight champ An­thony Joshua.

Yet all that will mean lit­tle if he can’t se­cure his charges mean­ing­ful fights - and ones they can win while look­ing good.

So it’s up Ja­cobs to de­liver, and he starts a solid favourite against Arias. The 30-year-old from nearby Brook­lyn has held the WBA’S se­condary mid­dleweight ti­tle and lost only twice in 34 out­ings: on a five-round stop­page to Rus­sia’s Dmitry Pirog for the va­cant WBO belt in 2010 and on points to Gen­nady Glolovkin with four belts on the line in March.

That fight saw Ja­cobs push “GGG” hard, with most ob­servers feel­ing he came closer to vic­tory than Saul Al­varez would do when get­ting a draw with the fear­some Kazakh six months later.

De­spite hold­ing that WBA belt, the only world class vic­tim of that reign was Pe­ter Quillin (high­light­ing the spu­ri­ous­ness of the ti­tle), whom he shocked with a first-round stop­page in De­cem­ber 2015.

That was one of 29 in­side sched­ule wins (from 32) for Danny, so it’s clear he can bang. How­ever, the Pirog set­back - one big right did him in - proved he doesn’t hold a shot so well, although it’s only fair to point out he sub­se­quently un­der­went (suc­cess­ful) treat­ment for can­cer, earn­ing him the nick­name “Mir­a­cle Man”.

He cer­tainly stood up to the punches of Golovkin, as feared a puncher as there is in box­ing, so logic dic­tates it’s un­likely that he will get stopped by Arias, who has scored only nine early wins out 18 (one early ca­reer points win was changed to a No De­ci­sion).

The 27-year-old from Mil­wau­kee is more of a boxer, even if he did show power last time in June, when he dropped Ar­tif Magome­dov in the first en route to a five-round stop­page win on the An­dre Ward-sergey Ko­valev II un­der­card in Las Ve­gas.

That was by far the big­gest op­por­tu­nity of his ca­reer, which has gen­er­ally been low-key be­cause his pro­mot­ers Roc Na­tion stage so few ma­jor shows; Luis’ other 2017 out­ing, a 10-round points win over vet­eran Scott Sig­mon, hap­pened at the Carnegie Mu­sic Hall in Homestead, Florida.

All of which means Ja­cobs is by far the more seasoned and the more ac­cus­tomed to the big stage. After all, this is the first 12-rounder for Arias, who has been 10 only twice.

So ex­pect Ja­cobs to use his heavy hit­ting, both to head and body, to earn a clear points vic­tory in an en­ter­tain­ing fight.

THE VER­DICT Ja­cobs will be aim­ing to shine on his Match­room de­but, while Hearn will be hop­ing to make a splash on his com­pany’s US bow.

Photo: AC­TION IM­AGES/AN­DREW COULDRIDGE

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