Alexander Povetkin vs. David Price added to Joshua vs. Parker card!



Story:  Chip Mitchell


Alexander Povetkin, (33-1, 23 KOs) will take on David Price, (22-4, 18 KOs) on the undercard of the Anthony Joshua/Joseph Parker heavyweight world title unification fight.


The card takes place at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.


“It is a massive, massive chance for me, and it has come from nowhere,” Price said. “I wasn’t expecting an opportunity like this to appear, so it was a no-brainer [to take the fight]. It is a big ask for me to go out and win this fight, but upsets do happen in sport. I have been on the wrong end of upsets in boxing, and I think I am due a bit of luck. I have a belief that this fight has come at the right time for me, and I have a belief that I am going to win the fight.


“Without doing myself a disservice, every dog has its day, and I have a feeling that this is going to be my day and everything that has happened has led to this. I have never found myself in this position, where I have been the big underdog and I have everything to gain. I will go in there completely free of any pressure, and I think people will see the best of me for that very reason.”


“Make no mistake, I am coming to win,” Price said. “At first, I was just grateful for the opportunity. But now, in my mind, I have to win this fight. There is plenty to gain and too much upside for me not to win this fight. It could be life-changing. I am desperate to win this fight, and I will do everything in my power to do so. I know it will be a hard fight. Anything can happen in a fight, and I may have to get off the floor to win. It is going to be the hardest fight of my life, but something is telling me it is going to be my night.”


“I’m very excited to be fighting on this huge show,” Povetkin said. “I expect to put on a great performance and then go on to fight the Joshua vs. Parker winner later this year.”


Price has lost twice to Tony Thompson and once each to Erkan Teper and Christian Hammer.  All Price’s losses were via knockout.


Povetkin, rated #2 in the world behind Joshua, has a lone loss to Wladimir Klitschko.  A showdown last year between Povetkin and Deontay Wilder was scrapped because of a mysterious drug testing fiasco.


This fight piques my interest because Price is 6’8″ with an 82-inch reach.  Povetkin is 6’2, with a six-inch reach deficit.  Despite his shortcomings, (no pun), Price is no pushover.  His chin has let him down and I’m sure Povetkin will aim to make David his 24th KO victim.


Povetkin, on the other hand, hasn’t set the world on fire in his last two outings.  Could it be due to PEDs, or should I say lack thereof?  Or has age become a contributing factor for Povetkin?


I think we may learn the truth, the March 31st truth at least, about both men.  If Povetkin wins, I expect Joshua to line him up this summer or fall.  I have a feeling should Wilder and Joshua win in March, we’ll see them in the ring together in 2019, not 2018.


Stay tuned…




AJParkThe Heavyweight unification fight the world has been waiting for between Anthony Joshua MBE and Joseph Parker will take place at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on March 31, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Joshua and Parker have agreed to put their IBF, WBA Super, IBO and WBO belts and unbeaten records on the line, ending a period of intense negotiation between the rival camps.

The winner-takes all contest will put the winner within touching distance of becoming the first undisputed Heavyweight champion of the world since Lennox Lewis in 1999.

“I would like to announce the official news that myself and Joseph Parker will be fighting on March 31 at Principality Stadium in Cardiff,” said Joshua. “It is a unification Heavyweight championship fight, we all know what happened last time I was in a unification Heavyweight championship fight, it was grueling, it was interesting and we both left the ring with masses of respect.

“These fights aren’t easy because there is a lot on the line, so respect to team Parker for taking the challenge. And you know me, I love this game. I am looking forward to it, training camp is underway and before you know it March 31 will be upon us. Stay tuned for more news and I will see you all soon, God bless.”

WBO champion Joseph Parker said he was relieved the contractual negotiations had now been concluded as he could now fully concentrate on the job in hand.

“Anthony Joshua is in for a huge shock,” Parker said. “A couple of months ago I heard him say ‘why should I be worried about this little kid from New Zealand’?

“Well, now he’s about to find out. And the world is about to find out whether AJ can really take a punch. My entire existence is now devoted to proving what the boxing world already knows.”

Joshua returns to the scene of his last action in the ring, where Carlos Takam became his 20th win inside the distance from his 20 pro fights, the fourth defense of his IBF crown and first of the WBA Super and IBO belts he landed in his epic battle with Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium last April.

“I’m delighted to get this fight made – it’s been a long time coming,” said Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn. “Champions should fight Champions and AJ continues to step up to the challenges.

“It’s the first time in history that two reigning heavyweight World champions have met in Britain and it’s a classic match-up between two young, fast, undefeated belt holders and it’s going to be an explosive fight. This is another huge unification fight for Anthony as he continues to make history in the quest to become undisputed World heavyweight champion.”

Parker’s last fight was his first in England as he defended his WBO strap for the second time, outpointing Hughie Fury in Manchester in September, moving to 24-0 with the win. The 26-year-old became New Zealand’s first heavyweight world champion when he landed the WBO strap in December 2016 against the undefeated Mexican American star Andy Ruiz in Auckland.

He comfortably defended the crown for the first time against giant Romanian Razvan Cojanu in May.

Parker’s promoter David Higgins paid tribute to Hearn and Matchroom Boxing for the up-front way they had handled negotiations.

“Eddie has been great to work with from day one,” Higgins said. “I know we ruffled a few feathers along the way but, as Eddie acknowledged, when you come from a small country and people perceive you as a small player, sometimes you’ve got to make a bit of noise.

“New Zealand might be a tiny country on the other side of the world but it has a hugely proud sporting tradition – and a particularly strong tradition when it comes to whipping mother England.

“Joseph Parker is the absolute epitome of the Kiwi sporting battler. It has been said that he is punching above his weight, but he didn’t become WBO heavyweight champion by being lucky.

“He’s never been stopped, never even been wobbled in the ring. He’s consistently fought fighters in the world’s top ten and he’s beaten them all easily. It certainly won’t be a shock to me when he beats Anthony Joshua and takes his titles back home to New Zealand.” Continue reading

Five to Watch: Top Boxing Prospect Profiles for 2018! by Robert Uzzell


Story by:  Robert Uzzell


Name:   Josh “Pretty Boy” Kelly

Height:    5’10”

Stance:  Orthodox

Division: Welterweight, Junior Middleweight

Age:        23

W/L:       5-0, 4 KOs

Josh Kelly’s trainer Adam Booth hailed him as the most talented fighter he’s ever worked with. Booth’s statement says a lot as he has also trained the likes of Danny Williams, George Groves, Ryan Burnett, Andy Lee, David Haye, and Billy Joe Saunders.

Kelly is not only one of Britain’s most exciting prospects, but definitely one to watch for the entire boxing world in 2018.

He has a solid trainer in Booth, and is backed by perhaps boxing’s hottest promoter in Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport.

Kelly has a solid background as he was a member of Great Britain’s 2016 Olympic Boxing team. He also won a bronze medal at the 2015 European Games.

Kelly is 5-0, with 4 wins by knockout. His most recent win came in a step-up fight against Jean Michel Hamilcaro (25-8-3), who he knocked out. Hamilcaro had previously been in with Michael Soro and Jack Culcay.

Kelly is a fun fighter to watch. He fights with his hands down, while taunting and talking to his opponents. He has the hand speed and movement to do it, and this crowd pleasing style will gain him many more fans in the U.K. as well as the States as his professional career progresses.

Eddie Hearn

“We have huge plans for Josh in 2018 and we’re going to hit the ground running early. I believe Josh is the complete package and is the man to take huge fights to the North East.”

“Adam [Booth] and the team will call the shots but I know they are already talking about big-named fighters already.


Make sure you keep an eye on Kelly in the future. He has the skills, although he should keep his hands up against better competition. We are unsure how his power will travel as he steps it up. He has fought at middleweight, as well as welterweight. I don’t know if this will continue in the future.

They seem to be on a fast track with Kelly so we may find out sooner than later if this kid has the goods. Stay tuned…

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Name:   Josh “The Tartan Tornado” Taylor

Height:    5’10”

Stance:  Southpaw

Division: Super Lightweight (Junior Welterweight)

Age:        26

W/L:       11-0, 10 KOs

Josh Taylor concluded his amateur career by representing Scotland in the 2012 Olympics and winning gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Taylor was also a junior taekwondo champion.

Taylor started his professional career in 2015 and signed with Barry McGuigan’s Cyclone Promotions. His trainer is Shane McGuigan, who worked with David Haye, George Groves, and Carl Frampton to name a few.

Taylor won his first seven fights by knockout, including winning the Commonwealth title.

There are two names of note on Taylor’s resume that make him one to watch in 2018. First, in July of 2017, Taylor faced the highly touted (and loudmouth) unbeaten prospect O’Hara Davies. The two fighters had a robust Twitter beef going on before their fight, with Davies taking it to another level. At stake was Taylor’s Commonwealth title and both boxer’s undefeated records. Davies came into the fight ranked #9 by the IBF and #13 by the WBC.

In the third round, Taylor hurt Davies with numerous shots and dropped him with what appeared to be a hard right jab. He also had a great sixth round and hurt Davies again on more than once.

In the seventh, Davies continued to walk in like he did most of the fight with that leaning style against a southpaw. It reminded me of when Roger Mayweather (orthodox) fought Pernell Whitaker, (southpaw) years ago. As Davies came in, Taylor caught him with a monstrous right hook and sent him to the canvas. The only way Davies would stop trying in the fight was if the referee waved it off. Davies got up when a lot of other fighters would’ve packed it in. Taylor rushed in again and hit Davies who turned to the ref, waved his glove as if to ask for a timeout, held his damaged eye, and turned his head as Taylor kept trying to hit him. The referee stopped the fight. Here it is below:

This was a great win in what would’ve been a “Showtime ShoBox” main event if it took place in the United States.

Even more impressive is that Taylor didn’t look for a break after his brutal affair with Davies. In his next fight only three months later, Taylor took on former IBF World lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez.

Vazquez, a veteran of 44 fights coming in, gave Taylor problems early on. In the ninth round, however, Taylor’s effective aggressiveness paid dividends as a series of body shots took the gas out of Vazquez. A right hook to the body ended Vazquez’s night.

Check out the highlights:

Taylor’s name was being mentioned as an opponent for Ricky Burns, who at the time was WBA World super lightweight champion.


“I feel I am ready to go in with anybody, but it’s just about being smart,” he said.

“I need to earn the right to fight Ricky Burns. He’s world champion and I’ve only had seven fights. I’ve got to climb the ladder.

Burns has since lost the title and that’s a shame because it would’ve been a great fight.


I’m extremely excited about this prospect. Since he’s already 26, they’ll fast track him for a title shot and I think he’s just about ready. His amateur experiences have helped. In addition, as a pro he has won fights in Texas, Las Vegas, and New York. The New York and Texas fights were on undercards of Frampton vs. Santa Cruz.

This guy is the total package. He’s a southpaw, he throws every punch in the book. I like his movement and activity. He can throw to the head as well as the body with crisp punches. Miguel Vasquez was never stopped before fighting Taylor, and that consists of fights with Mickey Bey, Erick Bone, Denis Shafikov, Mercito Gesta, Breidis Prescott, Timothy Bradley Jr, and two (2) fights with Canelo Alvarez.

I’m excited about Josh Taylor and I expect him to challenge for a title by mid-2019, if not sooner.

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Name:   Daniel “Dynamite” Dubois

Height:    6’5”

Stance:  Orthodox

Division: Heavyweight

Age:        20

W/L:       6-0, 6 KOs

You ever heard of a guy named Anthony Joshua? Well this 20 year old sensation from Britain is being tapped as the next big thing in the heavyweight division. Some speculate he’ll surpass Joshua when he gets to the same point “AJ” is in his career to date.

While I want to say pump the breaks on this kid, the truth is Dubois has demolished his competition so far.

The impressive thing is his competition in only six fights has a record of 52-15-1. Nobody on his leger had a losing record and although they aren’t world beaters, they all came in to win.

Dubois hasn’t fought past the second round in any fight so we will have to rely on the eye test.

One thing we know is that he dropped Anthony Joshua in sparring. I won’t make too much of that, but I’m just saying….

Dubois favors Joshua as far as his height, body type, and style. At 20, he’s taking the U.K. scene by storm. The good thing is he doesn’t seem fazed by it.

Exactly how good is he? We simply don’t know. The again, how good is Anthony Joshua? How good is Deontay Wilder? How good is Jarrell Miller?

Time will tell.

One thing we do know is this guy can crack! Some of his knockouts have lasted seconds, not minutes.

Mauricio Barragan, a fighter with a 15-1 record, was purposely brought in to give Dubois 10-rounds of work. A durable fighter, Barragan didn’t last two rounds as Dubois stopped him with a body shot.

I also hear Dubois is a monster and the gym and at just 20 years, how scary could he be four years from now?

He’s fighting under the Frank Warren Promotions and Queensbury Promotions banner. He hopes to make noise on the title scene in 2020.

Frank Warren

“Daniel is one of the best, if not the best, young Heavyweight amateurs in the World today. I’m so pleased that he has decided to team up with us.”

“Martin Bowers is an excellent trainer and I know he will be able to get the very best out of Daniel. He is a great prospect and has a brilliant opportunity to make a name for himself and join the likes of Joe Calzaghe, Naseem Hamed, and Nigel Benn as a British boxing icon.”

“Naz didn’t go to the Olympics, Calzaghe didn’t go and neither did Ricky Hatton. Daniel can follow in their footsteps but we’ll need to show a bit of patience, he’s got a long and exciting journey ahead of him.”

“There’s a big buzz around what he’s done in the gym, sparring with the likes of Anthony Joshua, Joe Joyce and Derick Chisora. I really do believe he is going places and we’re going to work together to ensure that happens.”

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to have Daniel on board with us. It’s no secret that I like getting involved with guys at the start of their careers and helping with their development. In Daniel I think we have a very special talent on our hands. I think the fans are going to be in for a treat with him.”

“He’s one of the most talented heavyweights I’ve ever seen at this age, but it’s the way he puts it together already which is so impressive.”


I see a lot of promise in this kid. They have to continue to develop him. He has a big time showstopper in his right hand. However, he relies too much on it as he leans in to load up on it.

I’d like to see him develop his left hook, as he appears to be a one-handed knockout guy. While it has worked for some (Wilder), Dubois would be a beast if he works on the left hand.

He’s young and at age 20, his trainer Martin Bowers has time to fix things. Hopefully he gets some work so we see how he reacts to going six or seven rounds in a non-simulated fight.

Maybe a Kevin Johnson can pop his top notch jab in Daniel’s face until the midway point of a fight. Maybe another gatekeeper like an Adamek or a Rossy can give this guy rounds. The future looks bright for Dubois if he keeps working hard and developing the left hand.

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Name:   Anthony Yarde

Height:    6’0”

Stance:  Orthodox

Division: Light Heavyweight

Age:        26

W/L:        14-0, 13 KOs

Anthony Yarde is definitely one to watch in 2018. The undefeated knockout artist fought five times in 2017 and won all of his fights by stoppage.

I’d also like to see Yarde work more on the left, but it is more developed as he throws it with more authority than Dubois.

Yarde has the athleticism and tools to be good. He’s very flashy and has pop to his punches. However, he could be more of a boxer than a KO guy which will serve him well when he can’t get guys out of there.

I like the left hook he throws. It’s good and has virtually ended some opponent’s nights early. If he keeps developing it, he will have one of the best left hooks in boxing.

He reminds me of a cross between David Haye with a Roy Jones type of athleticism. While it looks like his hands are down throughout the fights, he actually fights behind the left shoulder which is helpful defensively. Right now I’ll say he’s more Jean Pascal style-wise than Haye or Jones. With more fights he’ll become more fluid than Pascal.

I really like the fact that he mixes his punches up well. He loves to go to the body and that will serve him well as he steps up.

Yarde trains like an animal. Has a physique that would make a prime Evander Holyfield roll his eyes!


I like Yarde. It’s early, but he has great promise. He fights well on the outside and can deal with guys in the inside. Although his KO rate is high, I believe his future knockouts will come from breaking guys down and not from one punch.  He’s more like an Evander Holyfield instead of a one-punch Mike Tyson.

He has an exciting style. He likes to play it up to the crowd. His athleticism, power, and activity will endear him to fans who watch him.

He has everything in his arsenal to become better than David Haye and based on his physique, he’ll be a cruiserweight one day. Maybe he’ll be a smaller heavyweight (Holyfield or Chris Byrd) before it’s all said and done.

I’m excited about Anthony Yarde. He’s one to watch.

Here are some highlights:


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Name:   Ryan “Kinry” Garcia

Height:    5’10”

Stance:  Orthodox

Division: Super Featherweight

Age:        19

W/L:       13-0, 12 KOs

Ryan “Kingry” Garcia is going to be a problem. Golden Boy’s prized prospect is a 15-time National Gold Medal Champion. He’s a 5 foot 10 featherweight. That means he’s 130 pounds folks. The average height for a featherweight is about 5 foot 6 or so.

Kingry fought his 13th professional fight in 18 months when he faced Noe Martinez on ESPN in December. This kid is destined for stardom. He’s with the right promoter and has network backing as ESPN made the commitment to boxing.

Ryan had an incredible amateur record of 215-15 and trust me when I tell you, he is going to be a world champion.

Kingry has moved up the charts at a rapid pace. He’s currently ranked #62 in the world, and #10 US. So he’s now in the Matt Remillard, Omar Douglas, and Lamont Roach territory.

He’s scored nine knockouts in a row and the sky is the limit.

Ryan has some of the fastest hands you’ll see in the sport. Check out the hand speed in these clips clip below:



This kid is lightning fast. As you see, he can catch you and knock you out coming forward or with a counter punch. If Dubois and Yarde need to keep developing their left hooks, this kid is the sensei of the left hook.

Ryan Garcia has sparred with Yuriorkis Gamboa, Vasyl Lomachenko, Jorge Linares, and Shane Mosley.

Oscar De La Hoya (at the time of signing Garcia)

“His amateur pedigree is among the best I’ve ever seen; his skill set is far beyond his 18 years … I expect enormous things from Ryan and am excited to work with him as he embarks on a career that I’m sure will include multiple world championships.”


This kid is going to win a world title. I agree with Oscar, it will probably be multiple titles. He has a fantastic jab. He sets things up nicely off of it. His hand speed is on the level of some of the best I’ve ever seen. His height is something to deal with, especially in the weight class he is in and at least the next two classes.

If there is any weakness to him right now it’s that he needs to learn to fight on the inside. Other fighters will try to get inside on him and either hold, or try to rough him up. I’d like to also see him change speeds at times. This kid is so quick, but it would be nice to see a curveball mixed in between fastballs. If he learns when to use speed and power and mix it up, he will stop guys much quicker instead of dropping them numerous times.

This kid is well ahead of pace. I hope he stays as active in 2018. If both guys progress as they have been, maybe a Lomachenko super fight in 2020 won’t be out of the question. This kid can be THAT good if he continues to develop.

He is DEFINITELY one to watch in 2018!

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I’ll come back at the end of 2018 to see how these fighter progress.

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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.

What’s next? 

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.

Other results:

Jessie Angel Hernandez UD8 Glenn

Tommy Rainone MD6 George Sosa

Tyrone James UD6 Daniel Sostre

Shohjahon Ergashav TKO2 Marquis Hawthorne



Saturday, November 11 at NYCB LIVE
Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Televised Live on HBO World Championship Boxing®
Long Island, Thursday, November 9, 2017  —  Thursday’s final press conference took place at PlayStation Theater at Times Square in Manhattan.  Friday’s weigh-in takes place at NYCB LIVE Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum at 1 pm.
 I finally made the big stage.  Thanks to Eddie Hearn.  I was wondering how such a young guy got to run such a big company and I found out you got a little help from your dad.  You’ve got to give credit where credit is due and he is taking Matchroom boxing to the next level and because of Eddie Hearn who has grown boxing in Europe and in the UK and has got people watching and because of that people will get to watch me shock Daniel Jacobs.  People are saying that I’m rubbing people the wrong way by being disrespectful, but how am I being disrespectful?  It facts – everything I have said I backed it up with a fact.  I said it a little loud but it was a fact.  Did he or did he not get knocked out?  Has be been dropped?  He has – multiple people have put him down.  You’re looking at this fight by the names.  Take away the names and take away the stories and simply look a the facts – he’s been hurt, he’s been dropped and he’s been knocked out.  I haven’t bee n hurt, I haven’t been dropped, I’ve been fighting bigger guys my whole career and I’m ready for this fight.  Like I said, I put the work in, I’ve done everything I’ve needed to do, I am physically ready, I’m mentally ready and I’m ready to shock the world.  On November 11, Danny Jacobs is in a very tough fight and he’s going to find that out right away so I’m ready and I’ll see you guys Saturday night.
Thank you Luis and thank you for the kind words.  Like you said facts, yea.  I was born with a Silver spoon in my mouth, OK, but I did turn it Gold.
This guy has been speaking for the both of us.  This is going to be a stellar fight.  At the end of the day it’s about two guys coming to the center of the ring and fighting.  Talk outside the ring is good for promo but you guys are going to soon find out there are levels to this game inside the ring come November 11.  I don’t know if you guys have heard but I’m from Brownsville and I have never run, I never ran and I never will.  So this whole notion of me running and not fighting the fight that he wants me to fight.  He’s very limited in the ring.  He wants me to stand inside the center of the ring and “don’t run” so he thinks he can have the shot to stop me or drop me or knock me out.  But I’m going to make you work for everything you get.  Then when I am redy to stand in the middle of the ring, if I choose to do that, that’s what I’ll do.  I want to thank the fans because at the end of the day it’s about the fans who spend their hard earned money to support us making sure that we do our due diligence to make a good fight, because this man can fight, no doubt about it.  It’s going to be a great card  and I am looking forward to displaying my skills on my new home, HBO.   It’s a great platform for me – no added pressure and trust me, this is not my first rodeo.  It’s going to be a special night and I want to thank Arias’ team for stepping up to the plate, because when I got a list of opponents I chose Arias so I do want to thank him for signing the contract.
There is an opening right now and this gives me a big chance for the future.  This will be a brutal fight with a lot of blood and let the best man win.
All I can say is this – I haven’t ate a cheeseburger in two months.  I am going to kick his behind.  Big shout out to Mike who has been in camp every day cooking breakfast and making sure I have no snicker in my bag and no cheeseburgers.  It was a phenomenal camp.  Every camp has its ups and downs and it was one of those camps where we had to push through.  I definitely dropped some weight – you’ll see the number tomorrow.  I feel amazing, I feel awesome and I feel blessed.  It’s been a long road – I started my career at 14.  I turned pro kickboxing at 18 and boxing at 19 and it has not been easy.  I have not been given a silver spoon, no Olympics or none of that stuff – I have earned every inch by grit, blood, so if anyone tells you this is luck there is no such thing as luck – from Bed Stuy Brooklyn to here no luck, I just keep throwing punches.  I am going to stop Wach.  Wach is going to get his behind Wached.  He’s kind of a lovable guy, his speech is kind of cute, but it’s going to be phenomenal – its going to be fireworks.  I love Riddick Bowe, I love Mike Tyson and I love Shannon Briggs and now it’s time to love Big Baby.
I my God, I have finally graduated.  I have put on so many shows at the Paramount, more than anybody ever has and now I am graduating to the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and you know I’ll be wearing my red, white and blue bandana in respect to all of the troupes.  If you didn’t know I am the Long Islander that has been raising havoc on Long Island for the past six years of my career and Pete Brodsky and his disciples here train me on Long Island and in West Palm Beach, Florida.  Star Boxing brought me up – no one wanted me – they brought me up and made me into the powerhouse that I am now.  You guys are going to see plenty of me for the next five years.  I hope you guys are going to enjoy what you get on Saturday against Ortiz who fights a tough Mexican style.  I am going to wear him down and take him out within five rounds.  I have always done it.  I have always taken out guys that I said I would.  I am very proud and honored to be part of this entire event.  So thank you and see you Saturday at 10 pm ET.
Cletus, just to let you know, after those five years, you can have a job with Matchroom Boxing USA, 100%.  Characters and personalities is what we need in this sport of boxing and there is one right there and boy can he fight as well.
Thank you everyone.  I know this fight is great for my career – I am very prepared and focused for a war.

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6:30 p.m. – First Bout
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Seldin vs. Ortiz / Miller vs. Wach / Jacobs vs. Arias
Fists will fly on November 11 when super lightweight knockout artists Cletus Seldin and Roberto “Massa” Ortiz (35-1-2, 26 KOs) square off in a 10-round bout from Long Island’s NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Undefeated Welterweight Tyrone James will open the night of boxing at NYCB LIVE in a six-round clash against Daniel SostreTommy Rainone will try to enact revenge in a rematch against Fidel Monterrosa Munoz – their initial fracas took place in the first fight card at NYCB LIVE on July 15.
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In the main event on Saturday, Nov. 11, Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs battle undefeated Luis Arias in a twelve-round middleweight bout at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.  Opening the action-packed HBO telecast will be super lightweight knockout artists Long Island’s own Cletus Seldin and Roberto Ortiz squaring off in a 10-round bout.  In the chief-support bout, exciting heavyweight Jarrell Miller looks to stake his claim on a heavyweight title shot and in his way is Polish giant Mariusz Wach.

Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin joined by Saturday’s HBO Fight Card at the PlayStation Theatre in NYC for the Final Press-Conference Before Fight Night on November 11

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Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin and Star Boxing CEO Joe DeGuardia took part in the final HBO press-conference at the PlayStation Theatre in Manhattan, in advance to Saturday, November 11th stellar night of fights at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

In attendance were the three HBO World Championship fights, including main event fighters Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs and Luis “Cuba” Arias, heavyweight co-feature bout, Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller and Mariusz Wach and HBO TV opener Long Island’s own Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin and Mexican brawler Roberto “Massa” Ortiz.

Long Island knockout artist, Cletus Seldin, addressed the crowd with enthusiasm “wow I have finally graduated,” said Seldin, “…if you guys don’t know, I’m the Long Islander who has been raising hell on Long Island for the last six years.” Cletus Seldin makes his HBO debut this Saturday. He has drawn a line in the sand, exclaiming, “I am going to wear him down and take him out in five rounds. I have always taken guys out that I said I would.” Cletus enters the fight boasting an 80% knockout ratio.

Entering his thirty-eigth professional fight, Ortiz told those in attendance, “I know this fight is great for my career. I am prepared for the work and very focused.

Promoter Joe DeGuardia had this to say about the upcoming bout, “In this fight you get two guys that are real bangers and real exciting fighters. If fans want to see a real exciting fighter, watch Cletus Seldin. He’s exciting, he’s thrilling, a throwback to the 1920’s. He has the style of an old-time Jewish fighter who comes in the ring and likes to throw punches. We cannot wait until Saturday night.”

Fists will fly on November 11 in the opening TV bout, when super lightweight knockout artists Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (20-0 16 KO’s) and Roberto “Massa” Ortiz (35-1-2, 26 KO’s) square off in a 10-round bout from Long Island’s NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Seldin enters as an undefeated Long Island brawler with devastating power in both hands. He will be making his HBO debut in front of his home town fans known as “Hamma Heads.”

Before HBO goes on air, undefeated welterweight prospect Tyrone “Pretty Boy” James (5-0 3 KO’s) will open the night of boxing at NYCB LIVE in a six-round clash against Daniel Sostre (13-14-1, 5 KO’s). James has found success in making a name for himself fighting in the popular Star Boxing Rockin’ Fights series at the Paramount, in Huntington. The Elmont native has proven to be a fan favorite with his flashy, all pressure style.


Seldin Vs. Ortiz is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing. Seldin-Ortiz is the opening TV bout on the HBO triple header featuring Jacobs Vs. Arias. Jacobs Vs. Arias and Miller Vs. Wach are presented by Matchroom Boxing USA, in association with Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, Salita Promotions and Roc Nation Sports. The event takes place Saturday, November 11 at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. BROOKLYN BOXING on Long Island is an extension of BSE’s BROOKLYN BOXING™ brand. For more information, visit

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Transcript: Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller and Mariusz “The Viking” Wach Thursday’s Conference Call



JARELL “Big Baby MILLER and MARUISZ “The Viking” WACH &

Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn & Dmitry Salita Discuss Their 

November 11 Heavyweight Showdown at NYCB LIVE 

Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 

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EDDIE HEARN:  This big fight on November 11 is very important in the heavyweight division.  Jarrell Miller is making big waves is the US right now and of course in the world rankings and Mariusz who has been, for a long time, they come together and they meet in a pivotal clash on November 11.  Both guys are looking for a chance at the world title.  While this is not an official eliminator for the world title, one thing is for sure, the winner, I believe, will fight for a world title and the loser will not..  This is a huge for both of their careers and is part of a huge show with Danny Jacobs headlining against Luis Arias in a great fight and Cletus Seldin against Roberto Ortiz.


DMITRIY SALITA:  Jarrell Miller is from Brooklyn, NY and has been moving up the ranks from being an undercard fighter and this is a big stage for him fighting with Danny Jacobs.  This is a very serious fight for him and he is in the best shape of his career – the best shape of his life.  He understands this is a big opportunity for him and as Eddie mentioned, after this fight he will potentially fight for the world title and be considered as one of the elite heavyweights.  Jarrell is following a very rich lineage of Brooklyn heavyweights – Riddick Bowe and Mike Tyson.  On November 11 Jarrell Miller will make a name for himself.


MARIUSZ WACH:  Training is going very good and I am ready.  I am very thankful for HBO for giving me this big opportunity and I will not let my people down and I will put on a great show.  You are going to see a lot of motion and a lot of bombs.


JARRELL MILLER:  I can tell you that I am boing to bring excitement back to boxing’s heavyweight division and back in the forefront, especially in America.  I am happy to be here on a big card in a big way and I am going to put on a big show for the fans.  Mariusz Wach had his chance to do what he had to do and he fell short twice and now he is going up against a big strong guy that comes forward and has the highest punch output in boxing.  One thing I can tell you is he signed a contract to fight an opponent that he doesn’t think will come at him.  This fight he won’t look any better than he did in his last fight.  I am the Big Baby, but I am going to give him the pacifier and put him in the crib.  November 11 is my debut on HBO and Eddie Hearn is going to see there is a new player in town, and Big Baby in town, and he’s from Brooklyn.


MARIUSZ WACH:  That is very good.  I hope that you find sparring partners that same as me that you can beat inside the ring in sparring, but they will be different than me.  I hope you’re ready when you get inside the ring for this big fight.


JARELL MILLER:  It’s always easy to find slow, goofy sparring partners to spar with, but there is nothing like a Big Baby – no one throws as many punches and I knock people out.  Trust me, I’m not worried about him I am only worried about me.  Nobody throws over 90 punches per round, I do.  He’s got losses, I don’t, so don’t worry about it, I’ll make it easy on him and get him out quick..


MARUISZ WACH:  I can’t wait, I will see you in the ring on November 11.


What are your thoughts on the possibility of fighting Anthony Joshua and how do you think that fight would go?

JARRELL MILLER:  It’s actually a stoke of bad luck on Takem’s part because I feel that Takem is nowhere up to par, that he could do two or three rounds at that.  He is too small and doesn’t have enough punching power.  He stands kind of straight up but he is the kind of guy that comes forward but I don’t think he has a chance against Anthony Joshua at this point.  Like I said before, I was getting ready for a fight and I didn’t get the phone call, but it is what it is and they know what I bring to the table.  I don’t know what’s next or who’s next at this point but right now my main focus is on knocking Wach out, whooping his behind then we’ll take it from there.


Eddie, what do you think about the possibility of Miller fighting Joshua?


EDDIE HEARN:  Yes, we require as many contenders as possible.  Jarrell Miler is making a lot of noise right now and we look for potential opponents for Anthony Joshua, particularly in the United States and Jarrell Miller is at the top of the list.   But on November 11 he has a very tough fight against Mariusz Wach, which is an incredible fight.  Coming off a win against someone like Mariusz Wach you can start talking about world title shots.  I think Jarrell Miller is one of the true heavyweights and I know Anthony rates Jarrell highly and he’d be out for a fight with Jarrell Miller.  He’d be one of the perfect guys to come over and take on in the states.  Obviously working with Dmitry and Jarrell there is no reason why an Anthony Joshua/Jarrell Miller fight shouldn’t happen but first he has a very tough fight to get thru on November 11.


How are the preparations for the Miller fight?


MARUISZ WACH:  Camp is going very well – I have been sparring with Derrick Chisora.  I plan to come to the US on November 1 and I will finish up camp there.  I know it’s going to be a hard fight and I know we will be attacking each other with bombs.  There will be a lot of clinching and a lot of going forward – Big Baby has to come in there and fight and box.


How do you rate yourself being entertaining both in and out of the ring?


JARRELL MILLER:  There is nobody more colorful that n in America in boxing right now, especially in the heavyweight division.  It is very important you show the fans who you are and what you’re capable of doing, but it’s hard to show who you are unless you have that platform to do it and I definitely feel that HBO is the ones that put their money where their mouth is and they want to come back in a big way to the heavyweight division to find talents and they came to the right guy.  I am not out here to prove a point just for myself but I have to put on a show for the fans to show them that American boxing is back and it wasn’t dead it was just taking a nap.  With me being the face of it right now is going to be phenomenal and after this fight on November 11, which is going to be another notch in my belt and to let the people know that the heavyweight division is back and Big Baby is here.


DMITRY SALITA:  Jarrell Miller is born and raised in Brooklyn and has always talked the talk and walked the walk and has always fought the toughest guys available and on November 11 we will see a new star.


EDDIE HEARN:  100% – personalities make the sport.  Characters make the sport and Jarrell Miller is the Big Baby and he does have a big mouth, he’s got a good heart and he’s an ambassador for the sport as well.  You know he doesn’t act like a yolk, he’s intelligent and he likes to entertain and that’s what we need in boxing.  When you look at the division right now you need, as many characters as possible and Jarrell Miller, if he can fight and we believe he can and we’ll find out more on November 11.  He has the potential to be a big star.  I think he is great for the sport of boxing and now he is moving up to the elite level and we will find out if he can walk the walk as well as he talks the talk and this is a perfect fight to show that.


Do you feel this will be your toughest fight?


JARRELL MILLER:  No (laughing) every day life is tough.  Getting in the ring and doing what you do is not tough.  I think marriage is more tough for sure.  The fans can say what they want and the media can say wheat they want, but what I am capable of doing and Wach is just going to be another guy that I am going to crush.  Come November 11 everyone is going to know what I’m capable of doing.  I am bringing a whole different kind of Big Baby, a whole different kind of animal, a whole different kind of look.  I always beat people on Plan A – I don’t even have to go to Plan B but I am going to pull tricks out of the hat so I can show people what a real heavyweight looks like with the skills I have.  Nobody moves like me in the heavyweight division.  My ring IQ is definitely unbeatable and on November 11 you are going to see a different style of Big Baby and it’s going to be fun.


Did you notice anything is his last couple fights that showed you advantages you have?


JARRELL MILLER:  I loved watching his last fight – it was like reading a bedtime story and by the third-round I was passed out sleeping already so I have ben watching his fights to go to sleep.


EDDIE HEARN:  There are other heavyweights out there other than Anthony Joshua – there are two other belts as well.  Of course there is Deontay Wilder and there is also Joseph Parker and I believe the winner of this fight will be in an eliminator for the IBF so they will get an opportunity to become mandatory challenger to Joshua as well so you just don’t have to rely on a voluntary shot, you can earn your position as mandatory challenger.  As far as Jarrell Miller is concerned, I’m sure Dmitriy and the guys know that the more fights the better in terms of developing his profile.  He has a great platform here with HBO to go out and showcase his skills to the people watching throughout America.  In the build up to the fight and on fight night people will see his personality and his character will be shown through on that platform in front of a big audience.  People will be wanting to watch Big Baby Miller again if he puts on a good performance and the pressure is on.  He talks the talk and we believe he will deliver on November 11 and if he does on that platform, in a fight like that, I really feel like it puts him in a great position where outside of the champions, he is one of the top guys and that’s the aim of Dmitriy and their team..


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In the main event on Saturday, Nov. 11, Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs battle undefeated Luis Arias in a twelve-round middleweight bout at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.  Opening the action-packed HBO telecast will be super lightweight knockout artists Long Island’s own Cletus Seldin and Roberto Ortiz squaring off in a 10-round bout.  In the chief-support bout, exciting heavyweight Jarrell Miller looks to stake his claim on a heavyweight title shot and in his way is Polish giant Mariusz Wach.


Jacobs vs. Arias and Miller vs. Wach are presented by Matchroom Boxing USA, in association with Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, Salita Promotions and Roc Nation Sports.  Seldin vs. Ortiz is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Star Boxing. BROOKLYN BOXING on Long Island is an extension of BSE’s BROOKLYN BOXING™ brand. For more information, visit

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New York, October 30, 2017


World class boxing lands at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York on Saturday November 11 live on HBO Boxing from 10pm ET/PT in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK with former Middleweight World Champion Daniel Jacobs topping the bill against undefeated and decorated amateur Luis Arias..

Brooklyn born ‘Miracle Man’ Jacobs faces his first hurdle in the path to prove he’s the best in the division and regain his World Champion status after taking Gennady Golovkin the distance in Manhattan

Arias sees the clash as the perfect change announce himself on the world scene though, and the Milwaukee man is a dangerous proposition for Jacobs as a two-time USA national champion as an amateur and USBA champion.

A stacked card in support of the Middleweight blockbuster promises fireworks as Brooklyn’s exciting Heavyweight KO machine Jarrell Miller looks to stake his claim on a Heavyweight World title shot – and in his way is Polish giant and former World title challenger Mariusz Wach.

Opening the action-packed HBO telecast will be Super-Lightweight knockout artists Cletus Seldin and Roberto Ortiz squaring off in a 10-round bout, with unbeaten ‘Hebrew Hammer’ Seldin looking to make a big statement to get a major title shot.


Seldin Vs. Ortiz is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing. Jacobs Vs. Arias and Miller Vs. Wach are presented by Matchroom Boxing USA, in association with Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, Salita Promotions and Roc Nation Sports. The event takes place Saturday, November 11 at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.. BROOKLYN BOXING on Long Island is an extension of BSE’s BROOKLYN BOXING™ brand. For more information, visit 



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DANIEL “Miracle Man” JACOBS and LUIS “Cuba” ARIAS Conference Call Transcript



DANIEL “Miracle Man” JACOBS and LUIS “Cuba” ARIAS 

Conference Call Transcript from Respective Training Camps  

Long Island and Delray Beach Florida

Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn


Final Preparations Discussed for their November 11 Showdown at NYCB LIVE Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Live on HBO


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EDDIE HEARN:  When I saw Luis Arias fight on the Kovalev-Ward undercard, I thought ‘This is a guy that really excited me.’  He had plenty of charisma and he loves to fight and he could become a star on November 11.  In the other corner a very determined Daniel Jacobs, trying to recapture the title and trying to pick up more championship belts and potentially unify the division.  He’s a honest a kid if I ever saw one and since the press conference in New York Danny Jacobs has been extremely motivated..  I believe that his team and certainly I and Roc Nation know all about the threat of Luis Arias and I think this is a great fight.


LUIS ARIAS:  Training camp is going great.  I am working hard.  We know what kind of fight we have ahead of us.  I plan on making it a dog fight and I am in dog shape and everything is coming together perfectly, my weight is good – training camp has been perfect.  I’m ready.  What can I say?  I am ready.


How much have you studied Jacobs?


LUIS ARIAS:  I have studied him a lot and I have known Danny Jacobs since I was about 15 years old – his name has been in my weight division and I always new that Daniel Jacobs and I would end up fighting at some point in my life.  It wasn’t in the amateurs and it ended up being in the pros.  I know a lot about Daniel Jacobs.  I know how he fights.  I mean, I am just going to fight my fight.  I can’t change anything up..  I’ve seen everything I could possibly see in the ring.  I have been fighting my entire life.  I’ve fought them all and seen it all, so I’ve got to go in there and do my thing.  I don’t want to run and I don’t want to chase him but I know I’m going to have to so I just plan on making this a dig fight.  Daniel Jacobs is going to be in a very dogfight – a hard fight.  I’m coming to fight, I’m going to rough him up and I’m going to be in his face all night.  I’m looking forward to showing the world what I’ve got.


Do you think Danny Jacobs is overrated? LUIS ARIAS:  I do think he’s overrated.  I just like Danny Jacobs has a lot of things in his story but I’m a lot better.  He comes from a big city – he comes from New York – and the amount of media and attention that anyone gets compared to anyone else around the United States is different.  But if you go and look at his record there is nobody there that he beat.  Eddie mentioned adding another world title but he never was a world champion.  Everybody knows that the WBA has two world champions and that’s not even right.  There should only be one world champion.  Then he had the opportunity to be a world champion and he didn’t win.  He has shown there are flaws in his game.  He has been down some; he’s been hurt plenty and I don’t see a lot of tough fights.  The tough fights that I see – he lost.  But he is a good athlete, he is a good fighter and he has good fundamentals.  But me personally I think he’s a little overrated and I feel he hasn’t completely cemented his name in the game yet.  Like I said, he hasn’t been a legitimate world champion.  The Last couple years, GGG has had all the belts.  And Saunders . . . He’s just holding onto that belt.  But he’s a good fighter and he’s got a lot of experience..  This is a mixture of me being underrated and him being overrated.


Danny said yesterday that you talk a good game outside the ring but when you get inside the ring it’s going to be a totally different story


LUIS ARIAS:  Jacobs?  Well, every time that bell has rung and I’ve been inside that ring and the fight ended, my had was raised. So, no flaws have been shown in my game.


How have you grown over the past few fights?


LUIS ARIAS:  I’ve grown a lot.  I’ve grown a lot as a person and as a man.  I was in a different stage of my life when I was with that whole (Mayweather Promotions) situation.  Now I’m a lot older and a lot wiser and I’ve dealt with my ups and down with the game.  I have a daughter now and I’m just in a better place in my life.  I learned about the game.  I learned about myself.  I learned about the people around me.  It’s a valuable lesson I had to learn and I took what I need and progressed..  I’ve gotten better, I’m fighting twelve-rounds now.  I’ve grown as an athlete and as a fighter and it’s good and it’s a good learning experience.


Have you put a chip on your should moving forward since then?


LUIS ARIAS:  No, people split in business all the time – aside from the boxing game – just business I general.  Guys are making millions and doing business deals one moment, the next moment they are doing something else.  I wasn’t mad a actually being let go, I was just upset abou the way it was handled.  I felt I was undefeated and I should have more respect in the way it was handled and had it been handled in a more professional manner it would have been fine.  It is what it is and what motivates me most is to be a world champion.  I always felt that it really doesn’t matter what that banner says on top of the ring it’s about what you do in the ring.  As long as I am controlling what I can control, which is the fights, I really can’t pay too much mind to that.  What happened happened, and it was just a learning experience from God.  God obviously had a different plan for me.


Were you planning a fight with Jacobs?


LUIS ARIAS:  No – actually it’s no secret how the game is – whether you are on this side or that side.  For the most part everybody in the middleweight division was on this side and Daniel Jacobs was really the only one that was on that side.  I was shocked actually because we had put together a list and HBO put together a list of possible opponents and I never heard his name.  His name had not come up because he was on that side.  But it is what it is and it ended up falling in my lap and I didn’t hesitate to take it.


What kind of a fight are you expecting?


LUIS ARIAS:  Hopefully he does try to come in and blast me out – that’s what I want him to do but I think he’s a little bit smarter than that.  We both have a lot of fighting experience – he is just a little more known that me.  I feel like the fight will be tactical in the beginning until I catch him.  The moment I catch him that’s when the fight will change.  I want a war.  I want to duke it out.  I want to stand in the middle of that ring and duke it out.  Tha’ts what I want but I’m sure that’s what Danny doesn’t want.  We’ll see how it plays out but I want a dog fight.  I want to get out of that ring and feel like I’ve been in a fight – not in a marathon, so.


Have you fought anyone like a Danny Jacobs?


LUIS ARIAS:  I have fought my whole life so in the amateurs I have fought guys like Daniel Jacobs.  Even in the pros, I fought a couple bigger guys.  My first fifteen fights were at super middleweight which is the reason I’m not worried abut the size difference.  I was fighting at the wrong weight class until just this year.  I can’t really say.  Every fighter is different – they’ve got their own different things.  I’ve got a lot of fights – 160 amateurs and twenty fights in as a pro and not even counting the guys I have sparred – thousands and thousands of sparring partners.  I’ve seen it all.  I didn’t just turn pro a couple years ago.  I’ve been fighting my whole life.


If you get the win are you hoping to jump right in with the Canelo’s and the Golovkin’s?


LUIS ARIAS:  The main reason I took the fight was I was told this would be a world title eliminator – that’s what really jumped on me – so I can jump right in.  My goal is to become a world champion.  There are different ways to get to a world title fight.  You can be blessed and just given a world title fight or you can fight the names and climb the rankings.  This is one of those fights where I get a name and climb the rankings.  I am No. 6 in the IBF and Jacobs is No. 5 in the IBF because he is a name.  After this I should be in line for a world title fight – if not the very next one, then the one after that.  The goal is to get the GGG or Canelo fight.  Whoever has the belts.  I want a crack at the world title some time next year.


How important is the fight for Matchroom Boxing USA’s first promotion?


EDDIE HEARN:  Maybe I’m a little bit different, maybe I’m too much of a fan – it the upset comes, the upset comes.  It’s boxing and may the best man win.  Of course Danny Jacobs is our guy and I want him to win but if Luis Arias goes out there and gets the victory – good on him.  It’s about putting on good fights and the way Luis is talking he’s making me want these two weeks to hurry up because I really want to see this fight and actually the good news for the fans is we haven’t got a showcase fight here we don’t have HBO saying welcome to the world Danny Jacobs – you’ve got a real fight.  Don’t forget, we threw out a bunch of opponents and he never said ‘no’ to anybody.  When Luis Arias got the call he took it straight away.  This is a huge opportunity, especially with Luis Arias – when you talk about a world title eliminator – there are official world title eliminators and there is commercial world title eliminators – this may end up being both but it is certainly a commercial world title eliminator and what I mean by that is if he beats Danny Jacobs on HBO he becomes a star overnight.  The real pressure on this fight is on Danny Jacobs but Luis will put his own pressure on himself.  It’s not a case of “if Danny lost our world would end” but we want Danny Jacobs to win but if Luis Arias deserves the victory – good on him.  That’s my philosophy on the fight – I just want to see a great fight.


Was there any concern on your end when looking at opponents?


EDDIE HEARN:  No, we’ve got a reputation for putting on great fights in the UK so the last thing I wanted to do was to come to America and put on a one-sided fight.  I gave Danny and Keith Connolly a bunch of names and Luis Arias is one they came back with straight away and said “yea we think that is a good fight” and I spoke to Roc Nation and they spoke to Luis Arias they jumped to the opportunity and it’s refreshing in a sport where you’ve got guys trying to pad their record.  This is a risky fight for Luis Arias, he is an undefeated fighter with a good record and he’s challenging Jacobs to beat him to see where he’s at – to see if he’s good enough or if he’s ready.  For Danny Jacobs this is a dangerous fight because Danny Jacobs is a good name to give Golovkin or Canelo a big fight, but he knows he has to build himself on the network and he has to be in real fights, he wants to be active and Luis Arias is the guy in front of him.  Again, the pressure is on Danny Jacobs in this fight.  I think Luis, by the sound of things he is going to go out there and have fun and try and switch his career up.


What made you say, about Danny Jacobs, we have to get this guy?


EDDIE HEARN:  I met him in New York at the Broner-Garcia fight and he looked the part.  I knew he could fight in the Golovkin fight, he just about won.  So straight away I knew he was a great middleweight but you look at him and you look at his backstory, his profile is not where it should be.  There are many guys in American that aren’t household names that should be household names, who have the personality, who have the charisma – I’m not just saying that because Luis is on the line – but if Luis Arias beats Danny Jacobs he will be one of those as well.  Deontay Wilder – he is another guy – he could walk down many streets in many cities all over America and I doubt he would get recognized.  He is the heavyweight champion of the world, in America.  And you look at someone like Daniel Jacobs, he has everything, and he should be a superstar too.  He’s not yet but now he’s going to be active.  He’s going to get the profile, but he has to win.  Without the win he is completely irrelevant.  Luis Arias comes to the press conference wearing the Gucci suit, he’s got the chat, he’s got the bling, but if he doesn’t win, he is irrelevant.  But if you’ve got the charisma, you’ve got the personality and you can fight and you can win – you’re the package.  This really is a crunch clash for both because it takes Luis to another level.


Is it extra motivation to come in a upset all of the plans he has for Daniel Jacobs?


LUIS ARIAS:  To an extent, yes.  Eddie just has to do his part.  Eddie made a great fight and the people love it.  He’ll be happy he just want to put on a great main event.  I think everyone was shocked how I took this fight and talking at the press conference.  That makes for a better bigger fight.  They’ve got their plans and I’ve got my plans but I want that world title.


How do you view the pressure that is on Jacobs?


LUIS ARIAS:  To be hones, all the pressure is on Jacobs.  There is no pressure on me.  No one really knows who I am.  I am the young kid from Wisconsin that nobody knows.  To the world, everyone thinks I am coming in to lose.  Everyone is expecting me to lose so all the pressure is on him because even if he looks bad or he is in a dogfight and he gets put down again, that’s going to look bad on him.  I just have to come in there and put on a valiant effort – I’m coming in to win the fight but everyone else thinks I am coming in to lose.  Really all the pressure is on him.


How much does it help you with all the pressure being on him?


LUIS ARIAS:  Ahhh, it helps me because I’ve just got to come in and do my thing.  All t he pressure’s going to be on him so I guess we’ll se when that bell rings.


What do you see that other people don’t see that make him overrated?


LUIS ARIAS:  I just look at his opponents – the guys he beat.  To be that high and to have that big of a name, like who has he really beat?  The only name that I can see that I can really give him credit for beating is Quillin but even Quillin to me was overrated.  What happened to Quillin after that fight?  He fought Sergio Mora twice – Sergio Mora was in The Contender.  The Contender happened when I was like 8 or 9 years old.  How did he get the Sergio Mora fight twice?  After that I just down see top notch guys.  I haven’t seen him in any dogfights..  I’ve seen him in a lot of fights where everything benefitted him.  Then again, he had two opportunities to be a world champion where the stage got bright and the lights got big and he dropped the ball.  He’s getting credit for simply not getting knocked out by GGG and Eddie Hearn gave him a deal for it, and HBO did to because of Eddie.  So you tell me who Danny Jacobs has beat.


You think too much was made of the Quillin win?


LUIS ARIAS:  100% – who has Quillin beat?  Nobody.  Quillin is another one with a pampered record.  I learned a lot in the game.  You can make a fighter look a lot better and build him up and make him look a lot better than he really is.  You keep him away from punchers, you keep him away from boxers, you keep him away from legitimate threats and you build him up.  Soften him up.    To me Peter Quillin had a soft record – out of those 30 guys he beat nobody.  He fought Andy Lee to a draw.  He fought Jacobs and got knocked out.  I don’t think Quillin was all that either.  I thought Quillin was weak when I was 3-0 at the time.  I just don’t see no big name guys that either of them beat, and like I said the two big fights that they had, they lost.


How much better do you feel now fighting at middleweight after fighting at a weight you said you didn’t belong in?


LUIS ARIAS:  A lot better.  I have always been a middleweight and I always said I was a middleweight but for some reason they were always having me fight bigger guys and fighting at the other weight class.  But I feel a lot better at middleweight – I’m stronger, fast and I’m usually the bigger guy coming in and all the guys the smaller they are I knock them out.  Everybody that made 160 except for one guy has got knocked out.  My power is a lot stronger than what my record is – not only have I been fighting tough veterans but they were all bigger than me and even then I was able to stop a lot of them.  I feel a lot better.  My goal was always to be a middleweight champion first and then move up but they had me fighting at super middleweight first and then when we finally got it right I started looking more and more impressive.


Do you feel that those fights at super middleweight will benefit you against Jacobs?


LUIS ARIAS:  100% – because a lot of those fights with those bigger guys made me be a dog.  I had a lot of dogfights.  I was fighting guys at six rounds – I was fighting guys that were coming off ten round fights – experience veteran guys.  I was 4, 5 6-0 fighting guys with 30 or 40 fights.  I’ve had a lot of tough fights – they have just been in the background – but they helped me learn – they helped me learn my pace and they helped me to go around and helped me to learn to fight in a dogfight, so it’s going to prepare me – everything up to this point has prepared me for November 11 and I am 100% ready.


What about Danny Jacobs won you over – was it the Golovkin fight or the whole package??


LUIS ARIAS:  Yes, for sure I think the Golovkin fight got everyone’s attention.  I think the point Luis made about who he has beaten I think you can say that about most resume’s but the fight against Golovkin, many felt that he won, some thought it was a draw and some thought he lost by a round so you know that he s on that level but he didn’t win and that is the reality of it and he wants to do it.  He wants to fight Golovkin again and he wants to fight Canelo.  I already knew he could fight but when I looked in and when I spoke to him but again he was speaking to HBO and they were identifying him as the guy, the perfect guy, for their network.  Once we knew that we were able to work the pieces and get he deal done.  So it is a mixture of charisma, personality and the fact that he is a world class middleweight.


DANIEL JACOBS:  Training camp is going very well.  When it is all said and done it will be an eight-week camp.  The mental is there, the physical is there and I am just looking forward to putting it all together on November 11.


Did you hear Arias on the call?


DANIEL JACOBS:  I heard him for a little bit. I was on the last ten minutes.    I put my phone on mute.  It is kind of hard to listen to him because he is trying to force you guys into believing something that does not exist or really is not there.  This guy is talking a good one.  To the ones that really don’t know, they will believe it but I will let this guy know what’s really going to happen November 11 and all of that talk – he can talk a good one but at the end of the day it’s about what you do inside the ring.  Every fighter that he fought had a losing record.  This experience that he’s claiming – that he got from these professional wars?  I have no idea what he’s talking about.  I fought guys, and what you’re supposed to do with guys that have losing records, is knock every one of them out – that’s how you look impressive.  Not go the distance and get split decisions and unanimous decisions and no contests.  You’re supposed to get these guys out.  How many first-round knockouts do I have?  I have about as many first-round knockouts as he has fights, so this is what you do when you fight a so-called bum with no experience – you knock him out.  I have no idea what this guy’s talking about, but I understand it, I get it, he’s trying to hype this fight and ultimately hype himself up because he doesn’t believe all the things he is saying.


Is it surprising to you that he is talking a lot of smack?


DANIEL JACOBS:  Not really, you have to realize that this guy is a former TMT guy – he is used to the brash talk.  He is used to guys trying to sell fights going over and beyond especially if that’s not him – I get it and I understand it – but I don’t think he even believes what he is saying which is the whole confusing part of it.  Yea, you can sell a fight but at least put some truth into it.  It’s just lies and it’s weird.  He’s a weirdo.


Is that a TMT trait?  They get around Floyd and they think they’re Floyd?


DANIEL JACOBS:  Of course, everybody wants to do the shoulder roll – they go to the Floyd Mayweather Gym and they want to come out and be like him and that’s exactly how he fights.  All those guys are an imitation of Floyd Mayweather.  Maybe one or two or three of them are maybe no like that – like Gervonta Davis is his own person and a couple other guys have their own style – Badou Jack – but the rest of them, especially guys who hang around the gym and are just there, it’s the trend that goes around.  It’s not bad, of course if you want to try and be like one of the greatest fighters than that’s cool but be yourself – that’s really what it comes down to.  I’m a man, I’m not going to try and be like another man or act like another dude – that’s just weird to me, so yea.


This is your first fight with Matchroom USA – is there extra motivation, to go for a knockout?


DANIEL JACOBS:  I’m hoping I would get it but I would be completely find getting a decision, because I’m a boxer puncher and I love to box.  I think if I could get twelve rounds in it would be great experience-wise.  I want to knock this guy out, but I’m not going to go int here and focus on it.  If it happens, it happens.  He wants me to stand there and bang with him at every opportunity to fight the fight that we thinks he will have success in but I’m too experienced for that.  We have a strategic game plan that we that we are going to go in there and try to execute but there is also Plan B and Plan C if that doesn’t work.  I have a lot of tricks up my sleeve and excited for everything to come together, but a knockout would be nice but I’ll be content with a decision.  One thing he will know come November 11 is the level between him and I  and that will be with the skills I possess and the determination I will show inside that ring.


Can you tell the difference pre-Algieri and now?


DANIEL JACOBS:  Absolutely, it gives you more experience having a team that knows exactly what they’re doing with their knowledge and experience – these guys have been doing it for a long time – Chris, Anthony Irons, Andre Rozier and even the support I get from friends and family.  It just helps me but I’ve been at this stage before and I get hat he’s saying that I may have “dropped the ball” – but people are not praising me for making 12-rounds with Gennady Golovkin – let’s not get that confused.  If they are praising me they are praising me for  the fact that they believe that I won the fight – not that I just went twelve rounds with Gennady Golovkin..  It’s like 60/40, 50/50, 70/30 – a lot of people agree that I won the fight and I don’t stand alone with that so I am not getting praise for going the distance with Gennady Golovkin.  People realize the talent that I have and that’s just it.  My job is to continue what I’ve been doing – I’m a professional and have to act accordingly and the goal is to get the job done and look impressive, so as long as I look impressive which I have done in every one of my fights – let’s make that clear – in every one of my fights I have looked impressive and I always gave 100%.  Even if I lost the fight, I was always willing to give 100% and I think that’s what people admire – he just sounds a little sulky to me, maybe because he has the long way up.  A lot of people have success early on in the game and a lot of people don’t, but it’s up to him to try and steel the glory and that’s going to make for a good fight but he can’t me mad at me because I have a great team.  Not a good team but a great team, and I’ve always had a good team.  I may have had, what he says, the easy road, but no I have worked hard for everything that I have gotten and I am going to continue to do so with all of these opportunities as they present itself.


Do you want Canelo or Golovkin more, or doesn’t it matter, or everyone?


DANIEL JACOBS:  I am a realist and I understand the business of boxing. And I know that even thought these guys aren’t really fearful of me, right now I’m in a lose-lose situation with those guys because I am not technically a champion.  I am one of the best in the division and the fans do want all of us, I mean the fans do want me to fight those guys, but they know it’s not worth it to step in there with a guy like me.  I’d rather continue to do my job, climb the ladder, get a title eventually and maybe chase these guys, but to fight me right now?  I don’t see that happening.  These guys are looking at it from a business perspective, not from a true champion want to be dominant of the sport perspective and I understand that so I need to go in there and not get frustrated, let my team do their job and I continue to do mine.


If they are out who do you target? 


DANIEL JACOBS:  Anything is possible.  I think my team has the say-so in the direction that we want to go in.  But as a fighter, every fighter is going to say he is willing to face any and every opponent – it doesn’t matter.  Our job is to get in there and fight.  It’s really not by job to say who we fight.  I know that with the team that we have they will set me up and everything will be perfect, but I will step in the ring with anybody and everybody.


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