Earlier this week in Manhattan, Matchroom Boxing officially announced their U.S. debut with Daniel Jacobs facing off against Luis Arias in a 12-round middleweight bout and Jarrell Miller taking on Mariusz Wach in a 12-round heavyweight tilt.
The event will take place Saturday, November 11 at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK.
Here’s what Daniel Jacobs had to say:
“I have much respect for Luis and his team for taking this fight I want to thank HBO and my promoter Eddie Hearn thank you for believing in me and thanks for giving me this platform to me so I can showcase my skills.
“I always wanted to make sure that I prove to the fans that I step inside the ring with the best and even though a lot of people don’t know who Luis Arias is, a lot of people on the inside of the boxing world know who this guy is. He is an undefeated champion and he is looking to ruin all of the things that I have and that HBO and my promoter have for me, so I have to take this guy serious – I didn’t take serious what he said now but I have to take this guy serious because this is an opportunity of a lifetime.
“I have to continue to do what I do and win so I can have my opportunities in the near future. I am taking this fight very serious. It’s in my hometown. It’s added pressure. Main event. It is my first appearance on HBO, officially as a signed fighter with my new promoter. This is nerve wracking. This is supposed to be my showcase. Now this man is going to try and ruin it all.
“I am going to do my best. I am going to give a great show. Whether or not he can last, whether or not the chin…I think I’ve proven those things. Yea, I went down in amateurs against Sean Porter. I went down in the pros against Dmitri Pirog (words from Arias) OK, Sergio Mora I went down. But guess what? (Looking at Arias) None of that matters. None of that stuff matters.
“You cannot base all of those things on how you are going to perform. You are none of those guys and I am no one you have ever fought before. We can stand here and compare amateur records. We can talk about your two national, one national championship versus my trips out of the country, international duels – we can go on and on and on about that but none of that matters. What matter is that we prepare ourselves well, we step in and we give the best foot forward.
“But I’m honestly, I’m really not (looking at heckler in crowd) Sergio Mora was the only guy I said I was going to knock out and I knocked out. I don’t really like knocking out guys but I thought this was going to be a cool press conference and we were going to come up here and take pictures but this guy is taking it to another level. This guy is really taking it to another level. He’s got the jewels on, he’s got the Fruity Pebbles suit on.
“I’m mean New York is, you are in for a treat guys. Bit shout out to my team – Andre Rozier, my trainer Victor Roundtree up in heaven and my family, my ‘’Get In The Ring’ Foundation and everyone who has supported me in my career.
“I cannot begin to tell you how much this opportunity means to me. I will show you November 11 and that’s going to be one of my best outings because this guy – he needs to get his mouth shut, so tune in if you can’t be there it’s going to be a good fight.”