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Jacobs beats Arias by decision, Miller stops Wach

Jacobs beats Arias by decision, Miller stops Wach

By James Bell


The first event in the United States for Matchroom Boxing ended with a clear decision victory for former middleweight champion Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs over previously unbeaten Luis Arias at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. It was evident that Arias was overmatched from Round 1 as Jacobs used his skills against a fighter in Arias that had not fought anyone near Daniel’s level.

While Arias gained a minor title in his undefeated run, he was not prepared to fight someone who was a former world champion. On the outset, Jacobs used all of his physical advantages – height, reach, speed, and size – to get a huge lead in the fight before scoring a knockdown in the 11th round as the gloves of Arias touched the canvas. Arias and his main trainer John David Jackson had no answers for Jacobs and there were times when Jacobs called for Arias to press the action. This did not happen, and so after 12 rounds the scorecards read 118-109, 120-107, and 119-108 all for Jacobs giving him his 33rd win of his career.

In the days leading up to the fight, there was a lot of talking by Arias that seemed to get Jacobs out of character. During the fight, there may have been times where that lack of focus showed on his side.

“I wanted to impress the fans and put on a good show,” Jacobs said. “At the end of the day, [Arias’ trash talk] took me off my game plan. I got a little aggressive. I hurt him early. Then, once I knew I could hurt him, I got a little bit more aggressive.”

While there were times that Jacobs stepped up his activity, he allowed Arias to clinch after landing big punches on him and didn’t cut off the ring when Arias was moving around. On the flip side, it didn’t seem like Arias backed up his talk in the ring. He was being pushed around at times even though he was moving around the ring, and he landed only 88 punches out of 318 thrown in 12 rounds.

With this win, Jacobs looks to staying at the top of the middleweight division and wants a fight with the winner of Billy Joe Saunders and David Lemieux or Jermall Charlo.

In the co-feature, Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller got a TKO victory against Mariusz Wach in the 9th round to stay unbeaten at 20-0-1 and put his name in the pot for a potential world title shot. The bout had some action in the first few rounds as Miller came forward and pressed Wach to do something to keep him away. Wach used his jab early in the fight, but a right hand injury suffered during the bout affected his output and Miller was able to capitalize on that. Key right hooks and uppercuts on the inside by Miller hurt Wach, and by the 8th round he was spent. Referee David Fields decided to stop the fight at the 1:02 mark of the 9th round after the doctor at ringside evaluated Wach’s hand.

Miller was in control of the fight even with the injury suffered by Wach as he was the more active fighter, throwing punches from the start of the round until the bell sounded. Some people made note of his weight in this fight and in his previous matchup where he came in at 300 pounds, but it did not seem to bother Miller at all.

“I was all right…I was a little achy because I sprained my elbow in camp. I could feel the difference without having the extra weight on. I didn’t like it as much because I didn’t have as much power. I prefer being a little bigger.”

He also talked about making adjustments to Wach who was three inches taller than him. “I was getting his timing down. I got adjusted to his height and I was fighting him to be ready for the full 12 rounds.”

Miller was ranked #7 in the WBA and the #5 in the WBO and IBF, and may enter the WBC rankings as Wach was the #6 ranked contender in those rankings. For Miller, he hopes that this win gets him big fights in 2018.

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Jacobs beats Arias by decision, Miller stops Wach
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