Story by: Robert Uzzell, reporting ringside…
Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, Long Island – The Daniel Jacobs-Eddie Hearn-HBO era has begun! Yawn.
It didn’t actually start with a bang, as styles didn’t mesh between Jacobs (32-2, 29 KOs) and Luis Arias (18-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday night.
Jacobs, on a promotional tour since March to celebrate his decision loss to Gennady Golovkin, was expected to take it to the next level against Arias. While he didn’t quite do that, he really didn’t have to as Arias didn’t bring much offense to the party.
Arias, who was troubled all night by Jacobs’s height and reach, only threw 318 punches and landed 88. Jacobs three 581 and landed 184.
The fight had some moments of action, but not enough as Arias clinched quite a bit throughout the bout. Jacobs did what he needed to win. I would’ve like to see him be more aggressive against the soft-handed Arias. If Jacobs wants to be regarded as elite, he needs to be more impressive against untested competition. The scores were impressive (118-109, 119-108, 120-107), but the eye-test left more to be desired.
The knockdown late in the fight had to do more with Arias spinning and Jacobs grabbing the back of his head. Shouldn’t have been ruled a knockdown.
Where does Jacobs go from here?
He talked about impressing the fans and being the People’s Champion after his victory. Well, I think activity will help. Maybe another fight early in 2018 and then go after the winner of the Lemieux vs. Saunders fight.
In the lead up to the main event, Jerrell “Big Baby” Miller (20-0-1, 18 KOs) beat Mariusz Wach (33-3, 17 KOs) by ninth-round stoppage.
Wach injured his right hand early in the fight and couldn’t get anything going, partly due to the injury. What you had in this fight were two guys who were out of shape, one younger and one past it.
Despite the KO percentage, Miller is not a big puncher. He wants to fight the Joshua’s and the Wilder’s of the world, but he doesn’t appear to be on the level. You’d like to see him develop before he takes one of them all. Yes he is 29, but heavyweights don’t develop until around age 30 (or older), so you have to look at it differently.
I’d test Miller against another guy who is past it a bit like an Eric Molina, Joey Abell, or a rematch with Joey Dawejko.
If he’s ready for the next step which could be risky, put him in with a Charles Martin (don’t laugh), a Tomasz Adamek, Dillian Whyte, Andy Ruiz.
If not, go right after a guy with the title. You have a Top 10 ranking so it’s doable.
In the televised opener, Cletus Seldin destroyed Roberto Ortiz knocking him down twice in the first and getting a third round stoppage. The first knockdown came from a looping right over the top. Ortiz immediately got up, but his left leg was shaky as he stood. Seldin dropped Ortiz again later, but Ortiz survived the round.
Seldin busted Ortiz up in the second round with another looping right and relentlessly stayed on him. In the third round, Ortiz went down, the doctor took a look at the cut, and waved it off.
Where does Seldin go?
Ordinarily, I’d say move him steadily. But Seldin is 31 and the time to capitalize on HBO fame is now! He’s 21-0 (17 KOs) and this was a nice step up fight for him. Now that he’s passed the test, you put him in there with a Miguel Vasquez, or a Maurice Hooker type.
If boxing was really what it should be, you test him with a Broner, or Indongo, or a Saucedo, or Orozco. I’d even take an Emmanuel Taylor. Seldin seems like a guy that’s willing to pass any test.
Unfortunately in today’s boxing he’ll more than likely face a Michael Perez or a Michael Katsidis.
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