Jacobs vs Arias: Carl Froch wants Daniel Jacobs to emerge as America's next star
Last Updated: 10/11/17 1:46pm
Daniel Jacobs begins his climb back to the world title elite in New York, and Carl Froch admits America needs a new boxing star...
I hope Daniel Jacobs puts on a real show this weekend. He could be just what American boxing needs, especially over here in the UK.
Deontay Wilder might well be the WBC heavyweight champion and mentioned in the same breath as Anthony Joshua, while Errol Spence Jr looked the part when he beat Kell Brook, but it would be great to see more American fighters make their name outside the US.
We all want to see America have those big-name boxers again. They need them. I'd love to see Jacobs start to try and become just that.
Yes, there are Mikey Garcia and Keith Thurman, but there just doesn't seem to be the same amount of big names over there that mean a great deal to us.
Jacobs could - and maybe should - have been one of them against Gennady Golovkin. I didn't score their fight, but I really wouldn't have gone against it, if he actually beat 'Triple G'.
He is awkward, has decent skills and is rangy. He was the first to really cause Golovkin problems, which is something he should build on. I don't know much about Luis Arias but I do know all eyes will be on Jacobs in New York, and I want to see him prove he belongs with the top middleweights.
For him, it's a shame that he couldn't get a rematch with Golovkin straight away. The problem for him is Golovkin-Canelo is likely to happen again, which leaves him in a bit of a limbo.
But people over here will be watching on, so if he can look as good this time around, people will take note, especially in America.
Andre Ward has gone, Floyd Mayweather is gone, and even when I was boxing, Andre Dirrell and Jermain Taylor were household names in my division, on both sides of the Atlantic.
Throw in Bernard Hopkins, Roy Jones Jr and the rest, everybody knew and watched them over there. We all want to see America have those big-name boxers again. They need them.
I'd love to see Jacobs start to try and become just that.
Watch Daniel Jacobs vs Luis Arias, live from the Nassau Coliseum, New York, from 2.30am, Sunday, on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action. We will also be showing Conor Benn's US debut in full.