Jacobs: We’re Invading Canada Next
In his return to the ring since an outstanding performance in a loss to champion Gennady Golovkin in March, Daniel Jacobs swept the judges’ cards, though Jacobs would be frustrated by the holding tactics and unorthodox style of Arias. Seeking a knockout in the final rounds, Jacobs punished Arias in the 10th, 11th and 12th,
“I wanted to impress the fans and put on a good show,” Jacobs said. “I hurt him early and once I knew I could hurt him, I got a little more aggressive.”
Jacobs is hopeful of another shot at a title in 2018, though Golovkin will be busy with a rematch with Canelo Alvarez following their draw in September.
Jacobs, who overcame bone cancer earlier in his career, held the WBA belt for two years.
Next up could be either David Lemieux of Canada or Billy Joe Saunders of England, who battle in December in Canada for the WBO middleweight title.
“I want to stay active, we have major plans,” the 30-year-old Jacobs said.
“We are going to invade Canada so they can see my face, and I will call them out later.”
Arias, 18-1 of Milwaukee, annoyed Jacobs at times with his style, but Jacobs never was in anything but control.
Most of that aggression came late as Jacobs searched for the shot that would stop Arias. That punch never came, but it didn’t matter.
When Arias attempted to hug Jacobs after the 12th round, Jacobs refused.
“We are in there to hurt each other, but it took me a couple minutes to get it out of my system.”