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Daniel Jacobs ready for marquee middleweight title fights in 2018, Eddie Hearn says

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Right now, on this day, Eddie Hearn believes Daniel Jacobs is the best and brightest hitter at 160 pounds.

Hey, we’d expect that; Hearn, the affable Brit, promotes Jacobs, after hooking on with the Brooklynite two months ago.

The deal-maker, in New York to bang the drums for Jacobs’ Saturday tango with Luis Arias to unfold at the Nassau Coliseum on HBO, as part of his cable exclusive deal, gave us a hint of what comes next for the 32-2 boxer.

“I’m quite nervous about the Arias fight,” Hearn told “Arias has nothing to lose, you talk to him, it’s clear, it’ll be bombs away, a war. So there’s lots of pressure to win, for Danny, and to look good, to make a statement at 160. And with (David) Lemieux versus (Billy Joe) Saunders coming up, you have another potential foe for him.”

Saunders, who holds the WBO 160-pound strap is a guy you love to hate here in the U.S. How is he seen in the U.K.?

“Is he disliked? He’s a nice man, actually, I just don’t think his PR team will win any awards,” Hearn said of Saunders. “Yes, he speaks his mind. People either love or hate the guy. But he’s good for boxing. I think Saunders is the favorite over Lemieux.

“And would Jacobs be next for the winner? I think in an ideal world, yes, in March or April. And then the winner of the Canelo-GGG rematch at the end of the year. And I’ve made clear, if Canelo and GGG can’t make the rematch, Jacobs would take a fight with either of them in the spring.”