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Danny Jacobs Path, In Pencil: Arias, Then Lemieux-Saunders Winner…And Andrade?




Danny Jacobs pulled off one of the shocker wins of the year when last month he had jaws dropping by signing with Brit promoter Eddie Hearn, and also a multi-fight deal with cabler HBO, which leaves him well situated to engage in a few mega fights in the near future.

Jacobs will glove up Nov. 11, in the first fight of that HBO setup, and no, it is not on paper a mega fight. The Brooklyner who exploded on radar screens of casual fans when in March he went toe to toe with Gennady Golovkin, and almost snagged a narrow decision, will fight Luis Arias (18-0). Arias is taking a step or two up from anyone he’s been in with since turning pro in 2012, and Jacobs  is heavily favored.

No, no one is thinking Jacobs will look past Arias, neglect to train, and get thrown off this new pathway to increased prominence. So when, no, OK, if Jacobs bests Arias, at Nassau Coliseum and on HBO, what could be next? I asked Keith Connolly, his manager, the dapper and amiable finance guy who has been with Jacobs from the start. At Gleason’s Gym the other day, he called Arias a “relatively tough test,” and when Jacobs…yes, Connolly is quite confident his hitter has his hand raised, they will look to sign on to fight the winner of the David Lemieux-BJ Saunders fight.

They clash in December, and he can see Saunders eking out a decision…”but it’s in Canada, so who knows.” Saunders, Connolly thinks, will be in primo shape and can box cleverly to a win. Lemieux winning would be better for boxing, he’s more of a fan friendly fighter, we agreed, and also, Saunders’ promoter Frank Warren is known for being harder to make a deal with, the advisor continued.

Connolly said that he’s been happy to see that media and fans have by an large reacted positively to Jacobs’ move. “Let’s be honest,  HBO is where the major fights for him are,” he noted.

The winner of the Gennady Golovkin vs Canelo rematch would make sense as Jacobs’ next next, Connolly said, if we are working the schedule for next year, in pencil. And what about Demetrius Andrade, who debuted at 160 last week and downed Alantez Fox on HBO. “It’s a fight we wouldn’t duck…Andrade is a very good fighter, maybe one of the most underrated,” but if a higher profile and more profitable challenge presents itself, Connolly the businessman would encourage Jacobs to latch on to that promotion.

Editor/publisher Michael Woods became addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the fearsome Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine,, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and numerous other organizations.