Tonight at 10 pm ET on HBO, middleweight contender Daniel Jacobs returns to the network to face Luis Arias in the main event of a tripleheader from the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
Jacobs (32-2, 29 KO) is coming off of a very close loss to Gennady Golovkin in March, and is the heavy favorite tonight. With a win, he stays right in the mix to rematch Golovkin or face Canelo Alvarez, the two biggest middleweight names in the sport.
Arias (18-0, 9 KO) is an unbeaten prospect coming off of a strong win over Arif Magomedov on the Ward-Kovalev II undercard.
On the undercard, heavyweight prospect Jarrell Miller (19-0-1, 17 KO) will take on durable veteran Mariusz Wach (33-2, 17 KO) in a 10-round contest. Miller is potentially in line to face Anthony Joshua if he wins this fight. And in the opener, junior welterweights Roberto Ortiz (35-1-2, 26 KO) and Cletus Seldin (20-0, 16 KO) are also scheduled for 10 rounds.
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- DANIEL JACOBS def. LUIS ARIAS by UD (118-109, 120- 107, 119-108)
- JARRELL MILLER def. MARIUSZ WACH by TKO (1:02 of Round 9)
- CELTUS SELDIN def. ROBERTO ORTIZ by TKO (2:43 of Round 3)
Round By Round
DANIEL JACOBS vs. LUIS ARIAS
Round 1: Arias comes out and tries a jab to the body. Jacobs tries to check Arias with a lead left hook but it's blocked. Arias lands a right hand to the body. Both fighters defending well, but Arias going to the body better. Now Jacobs clubs Arias with a right hand that stuns him. Arias ties up and tackles Jacobs. Both fighters get back up Jacobs tries to press Arias. Jacobs wins the round with the right hand. Jacobs 10-9.
Round 2: Arias lands another jab to the body to open the round. Arias lands a hard right to the body but it lands a little low, the referee warns him to keep em up. Arias gets warned again about his body punching straying low. Arias lands a nice right hand counter to the body. Jacobs tries to put a few punches together as Arias has to cover up. Arias has a better round than the first but I think Jacobs stole it at the end with a late flurry. Jacobs 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Arias again comes out throwing a jab to the body. Jacobs leaps with a left hook but Arias is able to duck it. Good left hook to the body lands for Arias. Arias warned for punching on the break as the fighters get tied up. Jacobs pressing Arias again and Arias lands a good right hand to the body. Jacobs lands a good punch back. Arias is covering up tight and looking for a spot to time a counter on Jacobs, but isn't finding what he's looking for at the moment. Not much clean action in this round but Jacobs is pressing the fight now. Jacobs 10-9.
Round 4: Arias this time comes out and throws a right hand to the body. Jacobs comes out as a southpaw in this round and momentarily throws off Arias. Arias nearly gets in a lead right hook but Jacobs just clips it short. Now Jacobs switches back to his right handed stance and jabs Arias. It seems like Arias is punching less and less as he has trouble trying to figure out how to get to Jacobs effectively. Jacobs clips Arias with a right uppercut but Arias shakes his head to say it didn't really land. Jacobs 10-9, 40-36.
Round 5: Arias wings a right hand on Jacobs, which catches him a by surprise a little. Jacobs catches Arias with a right hand of his own and Arias wraps up Jacobs. Now Arias lands a right hook to the body following two jabs. Arias ties up again and gets warned by the referee about holding. Arias is defending reasonably well but he's not doing enough on offense. Jacobs 10-9.
Round 6: Jacobs beats Arias to the punch to start this round and lands a jab. Arias lands a right hand to the belt and is warned by the referee. Jacobs walking Arias around the ring catches Arias with a left hook on the inside. As I suspected, Arias is sort of game but he's just outclassed in this fight. Jacobs assaults Arias to end the round. Jacobs 10-9, 60-54.
Round 7: Arias has been getting walked back by Jacobs for almost the whole fight and Arias was supposed to be the guy bringing the pressure. Jacobs touches Arias with a jab and then pivots and tries a left hook that misses. Jacobs now lands a sweeping right hand on Arias. Hard left hook lands for Jacobs at the bell. Jacobs 10-9.
Round 8: Jacobs has limited Arias to single digits in punches landed for all but one round. Lead right hand lands for Jacobs. Arias tries a jab and a right hand to the body and immediately holds on. Now Jacobs strafes Arias with a few punches on the inside and Arias backs off. Jacobs flurries to Arias' body and Arias tries a right hand to the body in return. Jacobs jabs Arias, Arias backs off, Jacobs lands an uppercut, Arias backs off again. This fight is really just a sparring session. Jacobs 10-9, 80-72.
Round 9: Arias nearly tackles Jacobs through the ropes in the opening minute of the round. Jacobs throws a four punch combination, starting from the body and finishing upstairs. Arias lands a couple of left hooks now but Jacobs walks through them. This round is just more of the same. Arias can't cope, so he's just focusing on not getting hurt himself. Jacobs 10-9.
Round 10: Jacobs lands a short left hook on the inside. Arias tries a left hook but gets it blocked by the guard of Jacobs. Jacobs lands a lead right hand and has Arias completely on the defensive. It looks like Jacobs is trying to apply the pressure now and put an end to this fight and Arias is in full survival mode. Arias is holding again and Jacobs presses forward and lands another uppercut. Jacobs taunts Arias with his hands down and walks Arias to the ropes and throws a few more punches. Jacobs 10-9, 100-90.
Round 11: Arias tries a few left hooks but doesn't get them to land clean. Jacobs throws some back and the crowd gets excited. Arias throws a looping right hand but it's just glancing. Jacobs throws a combination to the body and Arias just covering up, slipping, and trying to make it out of this fight. Jacobs is cruising and the fight is pretty academic at this point. Jacobs clips Arias behind the head and Arias' glove hits the ground, the referee officially rules it a knockdown. Jacobs 10-8.
Round 12: Arias walks straight into a hard jab. Jacobs trying to close the show and is pressing Arias to the ropes. Jacobs hits Arias with a couple hooks and Arias is just holding on for dear life. Two left hooks land for Jacobs. All that talking Arias was doing in the build-up and he barely showed up tonight. Hard left hook lands for Jacobs. BLH has this a shutout for Jacobs. Jacobs 120-107.
JARRELL MILLER vs. MARIUSZ WACH
Round 1: Miller comes out and tries a counter right hand but Wach catches the punch on his shoulder. Wach throws a few jabs and Miller slips out of range. Now miller tries a jab to the body that's partially blocked. Now Miller slips in a good jab to the body right between Wach's guard. Wach jabs three times to the body, then once upstairs. The fighters trade uppercuts on the inside. Wach throws a few more jabs, but with little success. This round could really be scored either way but I'm going to give it to Miller just based on landing the best punch of the round. Miller 10-9.
Round 2: Wach lands a short, sneaky uppercut on the inside. Miller tries a sloppy left hook which misses. Both big men are leaning on each other on the inside and pulling on one another, trying to wear the other out. Wach lands a left hook after missing a right hand but it didn't appear to have much steam on it. Now Miller gets some back as he lands an overhand right. Two body shots land for Miller. Wach takes a deep breath and might be gassing early. Four punch combination lands for Miller. Wach lands one back. Miller takes this round. Miller 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Miller throws two jabs, landing the second. Now Miller throws two jabs and throws a right hand to the body. Wach looks tired already, to be honest, and he's fighting like it. Miller is picking up his pace a little, throwing punches to the body and head. Wach lands a right hand to the body and then a left hook upstairs. Good body shot lands for Miller, who then throws a couple hooks upstairs. Miller is the much more active fighter at this point and is trying to touch Wach from any angle he can. Miller 10-9.
Round 4: Miller lands a jab to the body. Now Miller tries an overhand right but Wach catches it. Miller touches both sides of Wach's body and throws a looping right. Wach has absolutely nothing to offer at this point. Wach can barely get a punch off. Now Wach digs deep and lands a right hand and then leans on Miller's neck. Miller pokes Wach with a jab and the tries another overhand right. Miller 10-9, 40-36.
Round 5: Miller comes out and pivots while he throws a left hook that Wach is able to block, at least partially. Now Miller has Wach against the ropes and throws about a dozen unanswered punches as Wach covers up. Wach tries an uppercut but can't find the range and Miller ducks in and touches Wach with a few punches to the head and body. Miller is comfortable and in his rhythm and wins yet another round. Miller 10-9.
Round 6: The doctor talks to Wach before the round begins as Wach has apparently broken one of his hands. The sixth round begins and Miller walks forward and throws a lot of arm punches which aren't damaging, but are scoring. Miller strafes Wach with a few more punches and then tries to line up an uppercut that just misses. Miller is plain outworking Wach. Miller 10-9, 60-54.
Round 7: Miller walks forward with his hands down, moving his head to close the distance on Wach. Miller throws three punches to the body and and head is beating Wach to the punch almost all the time. Miller yells at Wach to 'Come On!' in the find and then walks forward and throws a bunch of punches. Wach throws that broken right but it really hurt Wach and he backs up and covers up. Wach can't afford to throw that right hand with out excruciating pain. Miller 10-9.
Round 8: It looks like this fight is going to carry on but Wach is clearly compromised. Now Wach talks to the ringside physicians but they too will let this continue. Miller touches Wach with a couple left hands. Miller targets the right and left sides of Wach's body and then throws a hook to the head. Wach has nothing on even the left hand he's throwing now. Wach throws a right hand that lands on Miller but it might've hurt him more than Miller. Miller is winning these rounds on just outworking Wach. Miller 10-9, 80-72.
Round 9: Wach tells his corner he wants one more round before packing it in. What's the point? Miller lands a leaping left hand and now the referee just waves off the fight. Miller TKO-9.
CELTUS SELDIN vs. ROBERTO ORTIZ
Round 1: Seldin comes out on the hunt looking to land a big right hand and nails Ortiz! Ortiz crumbles to the canvas but beats the count. Ortiz is still buzzed from the big Seldin right hand. Now Seldin strafes Ortiz along the ropes and lands a nice body shot. Seldin walks Ortiz down to the ropes and batters Ortiz back down to the ground. That's the second knockdown in two minutes of action. Seldin is obviously winding up to unload another big right hand and gets exactly what he's looking for. Seldin 10-7.
Round 2: In between rounds Ortiz's corner yells at their fighter that Seldin isn't hiding the fact that he's looking for the right hand and he's still allowing him to land it. Now we're underway and Seldin is stalking Ortiz right away. Seldin is getting off some combinations now as Ortiz looks like he's bleeding from over his left eye. Yikes, Ortiz is bleeding badly from that eye and the referee calls a timeout so the doctor can have a look. Doctor says he's good to go so we're back in action. Seldin wastes no time and lands an overhand right. Well, if Ortiz can't get out of the way of Seldin's one big punch, one he supposedly prepared for, than the writing is on the wall in this fight. Seldin 10-9, 20-16.
Round 3: Seldin hurts Ortiz with a right uppercut and now he's in danger on the ropes. Ortiz manages to skip away but finds himself on the ropes on the other side of the ring. Ortiz looks like he's been through a 12 round war already. Seldin is just beating up Ortiz, straight like that. It's the only way to say it. Ortiz crumbles under the pressure and is on the deck again, but tells the referee something about an elbow. It looks like he hit his face on Seldin's elbow. The doctors take a look at Ortiz's cut and says it's time to stop this fight. Seldin TKO-3.