By Radio Rahim
This past Saturday night, former middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs (32-2, 29 KOs) officially revealed that he signed a multi-fight promotional agreement with UK-based promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport.
Jacobs also signed a multi-fight agreement with HBO.
When all of the news was revealed, there was a lot of confusion over the relationship between Jacobs and his longtime adviser, Al Haymon.
Most Haymon fighters are not contractually tied to any promoter in particular. That was one of the big issues when an army of his fighters were competing under the promotional banner of Golden Boy Promotions - nearly all of Haymon advised fighters were basically working with Golden Boy without a promotional agreement - including Jacobs. That Haymon, Golden Boy relationship officially fell apart in early 2015.
Haymon would usually hook up with his promotional partners to stage events under the Premier Boxing Champions banner.
And the majority of Haymon's business is conducted with HBO's main network rival, Showtime.
Jacobs becomes the first high profile Haymon advised fighter to sign a promotional deal and also a deal with Showtime's competitor.
This move could obviously lead to more Haymon advised fighters making similar moves. On Sunday, former champion Carl Frampton - who is advised by Haymon - announced that he signed a promotional deal with Frank Warren.
Jacobs indicates that nothing has changed between him and Haymon. He says the powerful adviser is here to stay and won't be on the outside looking in.
"Promotion-wise, we got one of the best promoters in the game, Eddie Hearn. I love the guy, he's tremendous at what he does. And I look forward to getting pushed. We still have Al on board. Al will always be my adviser. He was my adviser since the beginning of my career and when I hang my gloves up he'll be my adviser then as well. I have a full fledged circle and it's working in my favor," Jacobs told BoxingScene.com.
"I think its a great opportunity to have everyone on my team. Their job is to make that these [big] fights are made. Adding different pieces to the puzzle now, it makes more sense in getting me the opportunities even faster. Al has always been a mastermind, Al has always gotten me the big fights, but now it's kind of become harder getting some of these guys because they are in different places. But now we're down with the team, I think it's that much easier."