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Jacobs: Heading To HBO Was Best Thing I Could Do For Career

Danny Jacobs is heading back into the ring, determined to build off a defeat that, in many ways, was a victory.

Jacobs will fight Luis Arias on Nov. 11 at the former Nassau Coliseum, now called NYCB Live, his first bout under a promotional agreement with Ed Hearn that he hopes will lead him back to a title.

Last March at Madison Square Garden, Jacobs lost a close decision to Gennady Golovkin. It was the first time Triple G went the distance, and Jacobs held his own throughout the 12 rounds.

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The next step is for Jacobs, a native New Yorker, to build on that showing and further establish himself as a top middleweight contender.

''It's the best thing I can possibly do for my career, another chance to display my skills on a huge platform,'' Jacobs says of the HBO fight against the unbeaten Arias (18-0, 9 KOs).

Few platforms can be as big as taking on Golovkin, whose draw with Canelo Alvarez last month has led to a rematch between those two. Jacobs wants to prove he should be in the mix for the winner.

That hunt for another title begins with Jacobs carrying a 32-2 mark with 29 knockouts. He held the WBA middleweight title for two years, but was not considered to be in Golovkin's or Alvarez's class until he nearly beat Triple G.

Known as ''Miracle Man'' because he overcame cancer to return to the ring, Jacobs believes his strong mindset is as powerful as his KO punches.

''The cancer battle, it helped me put a lot of things in perspective and gave me time to reflect and think,'' Jacobs said. ''This thing, boxing, is a mental battle.''

His mental outlook was helped immeasurably by going 12 rounds with Triple G.

''I think the experience I have - ultimately, this game is not only about youth, the main thing is experience,'' he said. ''Going in with one of the best middleweights, I can take experience and the mental capacity to know I can and do belong, and bring a mental edge you can have every time in the ring. Be unbreakable.''

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Eff Pandas on 10-04-2017

Definitely a good move for Jacobs. You always wanna be closer to the best guys + the money guys in your division if you aren't the best guy or the money guy. And HBO gots Canelo + GGG who are…

Comment by BigStomps on 10-04-2017

[QUOTE=Kigali;18111844]:lol1::lol1::lol1: They posed no threat to Yellow-Nelo[/QUOTE] I agree. But he sure made good money on both fights. 600,000 ppv's vs Khan and over a million ppv's vs Chavez. Is that not great business from Oscar??

Comment by BigStomps on 10-04-2017

[QUOTE=filup79;18111366]What exactly did he get in return for those two fights I'm curious?[/QUOTE] Easy paydays against two well known opponents. He sold 600,000 ppv's vs Khan and over a million ppv's vs Chavez. Is that not great business from Oscar??

Comment by Kigali on 10-04-2017

[QUOTE=Ray*;18111385]If he wants the Canelo payday, [B]he needs to start eliminating the opposition.[/B] I know it takes two to tango but if he can get the guys that canelo wants to fight first then Canelo would have nowhere to turn.[/QUOTE]…

Comment by Kigali on 10-04-2017

[QUOTE=daggum;18110840]yes its better for your career since pbc has no money. def better to get paid in money as opposed to i owe yous[/QUOTE] :pat::pat: As if HBO has money. They're a sinking ship.

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