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Daniel Jacobs Wants the Saunders-Lemieux Winner After Arias

By Keith Idec

Once his own fight against Luis Arias ends November 11, the next middleweight fight that’ll matter to Daniel Jacobs is Billy Joe Saunders-David Lemieux.

Jacobs expects to defeat Arias and then travel to Laval, Quebec, to scout the Saunders-Lemieux middleweight title fight December 16. Brooklyn’s Jacobs (32-2, 29 KOs) hopes to challenge the winner, perhaps in the fight after facing Milwaukee’s Arias (18-0, 9 KOs) at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.

The former WBA 160-pound champion knows winning the WBO middleweight title from the Saunders-Lemieux winner will make him a more attractive opponent for whoever wins the eventual Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin rematch.

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“I think it’s a great opportunity for me,” Jacobs said during a conference call Friday. “Like I said before, we’re going for these top guys. If we’re gunning for these guys, it would be that much better if we have a title. I think it’s a great possibility for the fight [against the Saunders-Lemieux winner] to happen. I think it definitely makes sense because those guys have been avoiding me for some time now, verbally and publicly.

“But now that they’re fighting each other, it’s like, where else do you go if these guys are contractually tied [to HBO]? So yeah, we’re gonna go to Montreal. We’re gonna go [if] we get this victory, which I’m sure we will. We’ll go up and be present. It doesn’t matter who wins to me. In my opinion, I think B.J. might edge him a little bit. But this is boxing. Anything can happen. But it doesn’t matter. I think the winner makes total sense to fight me in the future, the near future.”

HBO will televise Jacobs-Arias and the bout between England’s Saunders (25-0, 12 KOs) and Montreal’s Lemieux (38-3, 33 KOs). Jacobs’ bout represents the beginning of his new multi-fight agreement to fight exclusively on HBO and his new partnership with British promoter Eddie Hearn, who also spoke during the conference call about Jacobs boxing the Saunders-Lemieux winner.

“When he leaves the ring on November 11th, I’m certain we will know the date of his next fight,” Hearn said. “That gives him an opportunity to plan his camps, spend some time with the family and plan out his schedule. Wanting to box three times in 2018, if one’s in the UK, no problem. And you look at future opponents, of course everyone looks at Danny Jacobs against the Golovkin-Canelo winner. But you’ve got Billy Joe fighting Lemieux on December the 16th, and that’s a fight where Danny’s a natural fight for the winner of that fight. Could be in Canada, could be in the UK, could be New York.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by j.razor on 01-02-2018

[QUOTE=elcashanilla;18166548]do your research before you reply to me ok Al is not his advisor anymore yes I agree with you al does pay them really good but 90% of his fighters fight once a year OMG i hate these regular…

Comment by KingHippo on 11-15-2017

[QUOTE=elcashanilla;18189344]exactly but al calls the shots he picks who they're going to fight is they want to fight someone and he doesn't like them as opponents the fight doesn't happen they have a contract with Al thats more than an…

Comment by elcashanilla on 11-06-2017

[QUOTE=KingHippo;18182427]He's an advisor. As in someone who gives advice. He's like a manager, but without the hands on approach. He might bring in expertise and contacts a manager may not necessarily have. He also advise boxers on which promotional outfit…

Comment by KingHippo on 11-03-2017

[QUOTE=kafkod;18166827]Al does whatever Eddie tells him to do. Eddie Hearn has taken over.[/QUOTE] Whatever Haymon says goes. He can buy any fighter he wants out of any promotional contract and the contract he has with Jacobs probably is longer than…

Comment by KingHippo on 11-03-2017

[QUOTE=elcashanilla;18166659]please tell me what Al does according to you lol[/QUOTE] He's an advisor. As in someone who gives advice. He's like a manager, but without the hands on approach. He might bring in expertise and contacts a manager may not…

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