Jacobs Decisions Sulecki in Action-Packed Bout

By Robert Ecksel on April 28, 2018
Jacobs Decisions Sulecki in Action-Packed Bout
The judges' scores after 12 rounds were 116-111, 117-111, and 115-112. (Sky Sports)

Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Daniel Jacobs won a unanimous decision over rugged Maciej Sulecki…

Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, in a WBA middleweight eliminator televised live on HBO, Daniel Jacobs (34-2, 29 KOs), the Fighting Pride of Brooklyn, won a unanimous decision over Maciej Sulecki (26-1, 10 KOs), handing the rugged competitor from Warsaw, Poland, his first loss as a pro after 12 action-packed rounds.

The final scores were 116-111 (John McKaie), 117-111 (Carlos Ortiz Jr.), and 115-112 (Steve Weisfeld).

Fighting out of the red corner in black trunks trimmed in silver, Jacobs proved once again what a complete fighter he is. Fast and athletic yet smart and composed, he engaged in a tantalizing back-and-forth contest that, the scorecards notwithstanding, was up for grabs until the final round.

Sulecki, fighting out of the blue corner in white and gold trunks, has a ring IQ equal to his opponent’s and he traveled halfway around the globe, not to put in an appearance and earn a nice payday. He came to Brooklyn to fight and to win.

He’s a serious fighter who, while previously unknown, deserves a top 10 ranking.

The fighters were evenly matched. Jacobs won the first half of the fight. Sulecki came on in the later rounds, until Jacobs sealed the victory in the 12th and final round with a perfectly timed right hand that dropped him to the canvas.

With the win Jacobs might have earned another shot at Gennady Golovkin, the reigning WBA champion, to whom he lost a close decision this time a year ago. If that opportunity fails to materialize, a fight with interim WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo could be in the offing.

“My plan is to fight any of the champions with the belts, any of the top guys at middleweight,” said Jacobs after the bout. “If Brooklyn wants Charlo, then Charlo it will be.”

In other action, unbeaten heavyweight contender, Brooklyn’s own Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (21-0-1, 18 KOs) fought resilient Johann Duhaupas (37-5, 24 KOs), from Abbeville, Somme, France, to a lopsided unanimous decision after 12 rounds.

Weighing in at over 300 pounds, it’s fun to watch “Big Baby” do his thing in the ring. That said, it’s premature, and perhaps inaccurate, to continually compare him to other Brooklyn heavyweights like Mike Tyson and Riddick Bowe, both of whom were considerably more skilled even before they entered the heavyweight ranks. But a big body with a big punch and big personality is always welcome, even though talk of his fighting Deontay Wilder, or possibly Anthony Joshua, at this point in his career seems risky if not suicidal.

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  1. Ralph Fight Fan 12:08am, 05/04/2018

    I just watched the Jacobs-Sulecki fight and I’m totally in agreement with Balaamsass: Jacobs is not a big puncher. Yeah, if Jacobs deserves a rematch with GGG, then Sulecki deserves a Danny re-match, but Sulecki isn’t a big puncher either. I have to hand it to Danny, though, bro’ can take a punch, which is both a strength and a weakness. Had Sulecki been a little more heavy-handed he might’ve KO’d Danny-he nailed him several times off Danny leaving his head wide open exposed after throwing a big punch. Yeah, Jacobs acquitted himself well with GGG, but he’s not going to knock the dude out should he get the re-match because GGG proved in the Canelo fight HE can take a shot too. Danny would just take a beating with no chance of winning-Galovkin is going to take Danny’s best and just keep on going like the Ever-Ready Bunny. Canelo hit him with his “anchor” punches many times and home-boy just kept on coming. Doesn’t bode well for Galovkin’s brain down the line, but Danny can’t hang with what Galovkin is bringing in the here and now. 2d time around, Danny just might take a beating or get put to sleep, leaving his head exposed in the same way he left himself open for those shots he took off Sulecki. GGG is hittin’ way harder. Danny may not get up this next time.

  2. Jim Crue 08:09am, 04/30/2018

    Jacobs is the reason boxing needs to go back to same day weigh in’s. what was he, a cruiserweight Saturday night?  This fight proved little except that a cruiser weight can beat a junior middleweight. And I too am sick of the hype surrounding Jacobs. And I still turn off the sound on my TV when Ken Doll Buffer starts. His schtick is very old. It’s not a rumble, its a prize fight.

  3. NYIrish 04:45pm, 04/29/2018

    A good competitive fight was great for a change. Skilled boxers went at it for 12 rounds. I hope this catches on. Joshua is a candidate for a Nobel Peace Prize.

  4. Koolz 12:59pm, 04/29/2018

    God I hate to say it but I can’t stand the commentary I mean I really can’t stand these guys!!!!!

    The whole Cancer BS!

    So let me tell you about this so called Cancer go look up how many Holistic Doctors and Scientists have been murdered in the past two years.

    Goldman Sachs just said I don’t think People being healthy is profitable.

    I won’t go into who they are.  But I could in all honestly tell you everything and when I say everything I mean everything.  I could connect all the dots for you.

    In any case this was way way close fight.


  5. Balaamsass 07:56am, 04/29/2018

    Big everything….but not a big puncher! Lederman gets on a roll with his scoring and all close rounds go to the guy he sees as winning the fight! Danny deserves a rematch with GGG….well hell….then Sulecki deserves a rematch with Jacobs! Danny needs to ring up a Charlo first! BTW Charlo is not in the redhead’s vocabulary!

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