Daniel Jacobs was completely dominant in his main event bout on Saturday night, defeating Luis Arias at the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, New York.
This was a chance for Jacobs to rebound from losing his WBA Middleweight Title to Gennady Golovkin back in March, but it was also a chance for Arias to show he belonged in the bigger picture of the middleweight boxing scene. It was Arias’ first big test, and he did a lot of trash-talking hype for the fight.
Towards the end of the very first round, however, Arias found himself in trouble after being nailed on the button by a blow from Jacobs. To save himself, however, Arias chose to tackle Jacobs, forcing the referee to halt the action.
Things didn’t get better for Jacobs after the round. Jacobs imposed his will on Arias in round two, and Arias seemed to be without much a strategy by the third round, overwhelmed by Jacobs’ offense. Things didn’t improve, as Jacobs continued to pound away throughout the middle rounds of the fight, culminating in a flurry of hard punches in the sixth in an attempt to put a spark under the fight.
The story remained the same in the second half of the fight, as Jacobs just outclassed, out-punched and outworked Arias. Jacobs finally knocked Arias down in the 11th, though replays showed it shouldn’t have been ruled as such due to a blow to the back of the head.
But that wouldn’t help Arias’ case. All three judges awarded the decision to Jacobs. Jacobs improves to 33-2, while Arias suffers his first professional loss and falls to 18-1 with 1 No Contest.
Following the bout, Jacobs called out the winner of Billy Joe Saunders vs. David Lemieux.
Official result: Daniel Jacobs def. Luis Arias via unanimous decision (118-109, 120-107, 119-108)
In the co-main event, Jarrell Miller scored a TKO victory over Mariusz Wach in a slow-paced, less-than-stellar bout.
Both sides worked the body hard in the opening round, though it was a feeling out round and one that could have been scored either way. The action’s paced slowed further in the second, but the last ten seconds saw both men swing away with power shots.
Miller than overtook control in the third round, beginning to apply the pressure and showing he could move around well for a heavyweight. Miller continued to apply said pressure in the fourth, and Wach clearly looked uncomfortable.
After Miller maintained control in the fifth, Wach’s production definitely slowed down in the sixth. Wach was not throwing much and just eating several shots. Wach looked to be in pain and suspicion was his right hand was broken. That was confirmed in the seventh, as Wach was in so much agony, he couldn’t even take a punch on said hand. And Wach’s performance definitely became more sluggish as a result.
After the eighth round, Miller had nearly 100 more punches landed than Wach. Wach tried to go out for one more round, but after a minute, the doctor halted the bout.
Miller improves to 20-0-1 with 18 KOs, while Wach falls to 33-3.
Official result: Jarrell Miller def. Mariusz Wach via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) (Rd. 9, 1:02)