Former middleweight world champion Daniel Jacobs has a new promoter and new television network home.
Jacobs signed with Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Boxing to become the first American boxer to sign with the British promoter. The move was announced as part of Matchroom's expansion into the U.S. with the creation of Matchroom Boxing USA.
As part of the agreement, Jacobs also signed a multi-fight deal with HBO and is set to fight Luis Arias on November 11 at Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, New York. Jacobs, who regularly fought on Showtime, last fought on an HBO broadcast when he lost to Gennady Golovkin on an HBO pay-per-view on March 18.
The announcement is welcome news to HBO, who is still reeling from the departure of Bob Arum's Top Rank roster for the past year, which includes Manny Pacquiao, Terence Crawford and Vasyl Lomachenko, as Top Rank signed a broadcasting deal with ESPN.
Jacobs has been wanting a rematch with Golovkin since the two had a very competitive match back in March. Jacobs lost to Golovkin via unanimous decision, but with all three cards going 114-113 in favor of Golovkin. Golovkin recently fought Canelo Alvarez and it looks like the two will likely have a rematch, possibly next year, meaning Jacobs may not get his rematch with GGG for quite some time.
The former WBA middleweight champion said he was going to be a part of the October 14 Barclays Center card, but never got an opponent and so had to change plans.
Hearn has been extremely busy as of late, including making a stacked boxing card in Cardiff, Wales on October 28, headlined by Anthony Joshua vs. Kubrat Pulev, and signing former world heavyweight title challenger Dereck Chisora to the company.