Hearn’s Plan to Conquer American Boxing Falls Short on First Attempt

2C6FFB3C-1D51-4D73-96CB-FB33B1228121By Dallas Orysiuk (@Chargers204)

Last night, Eddie Hearn headlined his first major show in America. It was a triple header, featuring unbeaten Cletus Seldin, Jarell Miller, and Daniel Jacobs, in his first fight back after his close loss to Golovkin. Hearn plans to make a splash in the American boxing scene but the show failed to generate a lot of excitement.

To open up the show, the unbeaten Cletus Seldin took a step up in opposition against Roberto Ortiz. It was a fight that not many cared about, but happened to be the most exciting bout of the evening. Seldin came out swinging and proved that he is more than a weight lifter in the bout. In the first round, Seldin dropped Ortiz twice, and landed a number of heavy overhand rights. In the second the assault continued with Seldin battering Ortiz with body shots and big right hands, one of which opened up a nasty cut over his left eye. In the third, the doctor advised the referee to call the fight as Ortiz was a bloody mess. Seldin kept his undefeated record and improved to 21-0, 17 KOs.

In the second fight of the night, Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller, took his first real step up in competition against Mariusz Wach. Miller wanted to make a statement to prove that he belongs in the ring with the likes of Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder. In the beginning, Wach was working the jab while Miller was attempting to move his head and get on the inside. Throughout the fight, it looked like both men were landing heavy blows, but it was clear that Wach didn’t have the power to keep Miller off of him. It didn’t help Wach’s case that he may have broken his right hand in the fight. Miller continued to batter away until the referee called a halt to the fight in the 9th round. It was a solid win for Miller as he improved to 20-0-1, 18 KO’s, in a fight which he didn’t look spectacular in.

It’s unclear if Miller will get a shot against Anthony Joshua, but he is one step closer to a fight which he has virtually zero chance of winning. It will be a decent busy fight for Joshua, but it’s clear Miller belongs in the ring with the likes of Derek Chisora and Dillian Whyte and not Anthony Joshua.

Finally, after being out of the ring for 8 months following his closely contested loss to Golvkin, Danny Jacobs made his ring return in the main event of the night. Prior to the fight, unbeaten Luis Arias, talked a big game, and begged Jacobs “not to run.”

Arias got his wish… Jacobs didn’t run, but he didn’t turn it into the fight which many fans would have liked to see. Regardless, Daniel Jacobs looked good; he boxed well, he was patient, and he pitched a shutout in what was a fight that lacked a lot of drama. The bout may have lacked excitement, but Jacobs showed why he belongs at the top of the middleweight division. Following the fight, Jacobs stated that he wanted the winner of the upcoming fight between David Lemieux and Billy Joe Saunders. Whoever wins that fight will have it tough against the Miracle Man, Daniel Jacobs, who improved to a record of 33-2, 29 KO’s.

It was Eddie Hearn’s first attempt to promote a big show in the USA, and the fights may have lacked excitement, but did set up some interesting matchups for the future.

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