A new chapter begins for Daniel Jacobs when he faces Luis Arias on Saturday, November 11 at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Jacobs has been a rising star, and he’s been a comeback story. Today, at age 30 and following the highest-profile fight of his life, he is simply, and very comfortably, Daniel Jacobs.
“I just feel like in my career and in my life, I’m at the most blissful and productive part that I can reach,” said Jacobs. “At the moment I don’t know anything else I can ask for. All my hard work is starting to pay off now, all the years of sacrificing and putting my sport first.
“The fans are really realizing who Daniel Jacobs is and what I bring to the table and most importantly, me as a person. That’s always been the No. 1 thing I’ve always stressed.”
Jacobs began 2017 preparing for the biggest fight of his career, the March showdown against Gennady Golovkin. No fighter had gone the distance with the unbeaten unified world middleweight champion since 2008.
“The build-up was, for me, something that all boxers live for,” said Jacobs. “It was one of the greatest build-ups in any fight, especially for me to be a part of. I enjoyed the build-up. We had our own 24/7. Only superstars get their own 24/7, so that says a lot about the belief in me and where I stand in my career.”
In the ring, Jacobs justified the hype. He took Golovkin to the 12th round for the first time in his career before dropping a narrow unanimous decision. In the ring after the fight, and eight months later, Jacobs remains confident he was the better fighter that night.
Regardless of the decision, it was a fight that changed the way Jacobs sees himself.
“What it means for me was a stamp indicating that I am one of the best in the world, if not the best in the world in my division,” said Jacobs. “Moving forward, it gives me the confidence and mental strength to know I can go in there with the best. Sometimes when you’re in there, you don’t know it. Now I know that I am, it’s going to show in everything that I do.”
And that impression resonated throughout the boxing world. Jacobs’ performance that night only elevated his standing, with plenty of observers sharing his opinion about the decision. The fact he engaged in a lively battle with Golovkin also proved him the type of fighter that would deliver an entertaining fight worth watching.
All that led to the next big step. With promoter Eddie Hearn seeking to expand his Matchroom Boxing enterprise from the United Kingdom to the United States, he found Jacobs to be the perfect fighter to be the face of his new endeavor. Jacobs’ new deal includes a multi-fight package with HBO, which broadcast his battle against Golovkin on pay per view and featured the pair in the latest edition of their 24/7 pre-fight documentary series.
“We got the deal because HBO and Eddie Hearn and a lot of people in the boxing world realized I have the goods,” said Jacobs. “Showing interest in me at this point in time was awesome. Even if some people look at it as a loss, for me it’s a win because a lot of positive things are happening afterwards.”
It all starts next Saturday. Brooklyn native Jacobs has made five BROOKLYN BOXING appearances at Barclays Center. He made his courageous return to the ring there after recovering from a life-threatening cancer battle. He won his WBA middleweight title there. Now he’ll headline the second BROOKLYN BOXING On Long Island fight card at the newly renovated Coliseum.
Jacobs enters the fight with a 32-2 career record and 29 wins by knockout. The opponent is Luis Arias. The 27-year-old brings an 18-0 record with nine knockouts into the biggest fight of his career.
“He’s young, he’s brash, he’s a little arrogant,” said Jacobs. “He’s confident in himself. Some might call it cockiness, but in order to be in this game you have to be a little bit cocky and I like that in him.
“This is a key moment for him in his career, and if I let him sneak through the cracks it can spoil all my plans, so I have to stay sharp.”
Jacobs is having his moment, both in the ring and out, and he doesn’t want to let it go. Earlier this year, Borough President Eric Adams declared April 22, 2017 to be Daniel Jacobs Day in Brooklyn, presenting Jacobs with a proclamation in the ring at Barclays Center. He recently received the Community Champion Award at the first Barclays Center Cares gala, recognizing his community work with his Get in the Ring Foundation battling childhood cancer and obesity.
“My philanthropy work, what I’m doing with my cancer foundation, that being at the forefront of my life, giving back and helping others, I’m at an all-time high right now,” said Jacobs. “Everything is starting to come into one now. Everything is synced.”