Hearn: It's Up to HBO to Deliver Golovkin or Canelo for Jacobs

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – Daniel Jacobs and promoter Eddie Hearn hope his HBO deal eventually continues the way it was designed.

The plan Hearn arranged along with Jacobs’ manager, Keith Connolly, was for Jacobs to win two HBO bouts before getting either a rematch against Gennady Golovkin or a shot at Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez. Now that he has beaten Luis Arias and Maciej Sulecki in those two fights, it appears as if they’ll have to wait longer than they thought for a high-profile fight against Golovkin or Alvarez.

Assuming Golovkin defeats Vanes Martirosyan on Saturday night, the unbeaten IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion probably will face Canelo Alvarez in his following fight. Their rematch, which was supposed to take place Saturday night, is expected to be rescheduled for September 15, four weeks after Alvarez’s six-month suspension for failing two performance-enhancing drug tests is set to end.

That’ll leave Jacobs’ handlers to seek another opponent for his next fight.


Hearn mentioned two other undefeated fighters as potential options – Jermall Charlo (27-0, 21 KOs) and Sergiy Derevyanchenko (12-0, 10 KOs) – if Jacobs can’t get Golovkin in the ring again next. He would welcome a shot at WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders as well, but Hearn said he thinks England’s Saunders (26-0, 12 KOs) would want too much money to fight Jacobs in the United States and acknowledged that his contentious relationship with Saunders’ promoter, Frank Warren, would make it tough to come to an agreement.

Regardless, Hearn admitted it’s time for the 31-year-old Jacobs (34-2, 29 KOs) to take a more meaningful fight now that he has recorded unanimous-decision victories over Arias (18-1, 9 KOs) and Sulecki (26-1, 10 KOs).

“I think the most impressive thing Danny’s done is he’s fought two guys where he hasn’t got a lot to gain in those fights, but they have everything to gain,” Hearn said during the post-fight press conference early Sunday morning at Barclays Center. “You know, the first one, an undefeated fighter, against Arias. This one, a much better fighter than Arias, in Sulecki. You know, he’s come through. He’s proved his worth.

“He’s the one going out there, fighting the undefeated guys. And now, he must have a marquee fight next because he will rise and box even better against the better fighters. And, you know, I think it’s very important that he fights a Charlo, Golovkin, Derevyanchenko.”

Jacobs beat Poland’s Sulecki on all three scorecards (117-110, 116-111, 115-112), but not before Sulecki consistently landed his right hand and created some troublesome moments during their 12-round fight in Brooklyn. Jacobs took risks defensively against Sulecki that he might not have taken against a bigger puncher, but they provided entertainment in what was a competitive fight.

“We’re proud of the deal we’ve done with Danny,” Hearn said, “and also the fact that he’s doing extremely well over here and he has HBO backing him. And they’ve backed him in two fights, and now they want, along with us, the big one. You know, we came to HBO to fight Gennady Golovkin or Canelo.

“Since then, the division has split and opened up a little bit. So there are big, marquee fights out there for him, outside of those two. But, you know, again, it’s really on the network to deliver the fights that we came for. And that’s Gennady Golovkin and Canelo. So obviously it’s slowed down a little bit in that process.”

Jacobs recognizes he’ll have to win a difficult fight later this year to remain in line to fight Golovkin or Alvarez sometime in 2019.

“We took this guy’s 0, just like we took the last guy’s 0,” Jacobs said, referring to Sulecki and Arias. “And we’re not gonna cherry pick. We’re not gonna go down the line of what I call scrubs. But at the end of the day, I just wanna make sure the fans are happy.”

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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by IMDAZED on 05-01-2018

[QUOTE=bigdunny1;18728524]If it's all up to HBO anyway then what the phuk is the Jacobs paying you for?[/QUOTE] I have no words, man.

Comment by JcLazyX210 on 05-01-2018

[QUOTE=IBOX4LIFE;18728419]I am not assuming anything and GGG and Canelo don't run boxing! No one needs links because I follow boxing and in many interviews Jacobs has expressed interest in fighting GGG again and a fight with Canelo, hence his (Jacobs)…

Comment by bigdunny1 on 05-01-2018

If it's all up to HBO anyway then what the phuk is the Jacobs paying you for?

Comment by IBOX4LIFE on 05-01-2018

[QUOTE=JcLazyX210;18727873]GGG made no statements about a rematch. Post links if u have information. Canelo never addressed a fight with Jacob's post links please otherwise you are assuming . Like I said he's stuck for at least two years.[/QUOTE] I am…

Comment by lefthooklead on 05-01-2018

No, Hearn, it's on YOU to get those fights. Your the self proclaimed 'best promoter in the world's who can pay the most money so you should be able to make it no problem.

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