Daniel Jacobs has made a big move in his career, leaving Al Haymon and the Premier Boxing Champions umbrella to sign a multi-fight deal with Matchroom Boxing and HBO.
HBO also houses Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez, so the motivations behind the move are fairly obvious. Jacobs (32-2, 29 KO) lost a disputed decision to Golovkin in March, and made a call to face the winner of Canelo-GGG, which ended in a controversial draw.
“I’m truly excited to be joining Matchroom Boxing and HBO,” said Jacobs. “This is a new beginning for my career and I get a chance to showcase my skills to the world. I can’t wait to return to the ring in November, being active and recapturing the World middleweight title.”
“It’s an honour to welcome Daniel Jacobs to the Matchroom Boxing team and to join forces with HBO boxing to showcase his fights,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “I believe Daniel has proved himself as the top Middleweight in World boxing and has one of the most inspirational stories you will ever see in the sport which must be told. We plan on keeping Danny nice and busy kicking off in November, then back in the spring with the obvious target of the Canelo vs. GGG winner.
“This signing marks the first of many in the US market as we look forward to building on our success in the UK, raising fighters’ activities levels and profiles and providing fans with atmosphere and drama from this great sport.”
Jacobs, 30, will make his return to the ring on HBO in November. Mike Coppinger reports that it will come on November 11 against Luis Arias. Arias (18-0, 9 KO) defeated Arif Magomedov via TKO-5 on the Ward-Kovalev II undercard in June.