Luis Arias Fights TONIGHT, Soon Ready To Step Up



Luis Arias Fights TONIGHT, Soon Ready To Step Up

Middleweight prospect/contender Luis Arias fights tonight, Friday, in Pittsburgh and his foe is a journeyman sort, Scott Sigmon.

The 29-10 Sigmon has won three of his last four, against sub-championship level competition.

I asked Arias’ trainer, John David Jackson, to assess his kid. Is he just about ready to attack bigger game?

“He’s on the verge of becoming a contender, if (his promoter) Roc Nation does what they’re supposed to. He’s ready….they can do their job so he can do his job.”

Yes, Arias, a Wisconsin native, is 16-0, just 16-0. But this ain’t the old days.. “20 years ago you had 30 fights and then we're ready to step up,” Jackson said. But now, in a diluted marketplace, with so many belts up for grabs, people want to accelerate their progress and get to title fights.

Arias’ fighting style is this: “boxer/puncher, tremendous body puncher. Most guys don’t fight proper inside, inside he does his thing,” the trainer continued. “It’s a little Georgie Benton style, a little Hammerin Hank Armstrong.”

JDJ could see Arias stepping up to, maybe, an Andy Lee fight.

“That type of fighter, a breakout fight. At that point, we take the wraps off of him. He’s not one dimensional, he has a good punch, that helps him out. And would he fight a Triple G? GGG is good, don’t get me wrong, but we see a little wear and tear. Late this year or next year, it doesn’t matter who Arias fights, he’s ready.”

Founder/editor Michael Woods got addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the then-impregnable Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist has covered the sport since for ESPN The Magazine,, Bad Left Hook and RING. His journalism career started with NY Newsday in 1999. Michael Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and for Facebook Fightnight Live, since 2017.

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