Daniel Jacobs vs. Maciej Sulecki Preview
With a rematch against middleweight champ Gennady Golovkin on his mind, Daniel Jacobs returns to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York for showcase world-class boxing at the venue. Jacobs headlines against the undefeated Maciej Sulecki.
Here is a look at the top three fights taking place at the Barclays Center.
Main Card: 9:00 PM ET
Middleweight: Daniel Jacobs (33-2, 29 KO) vs. Maciej Sulecki (26-0, 10 KO)
Ever since Daniel Jacobs lost to Gennady Golovkin in March of 2017, Jacobs has been trying to get a rematch against the unified middleweight champion. Jacobs will return to the Barclays Center for the first time since 2015 and face off against Maciej Sulecki in a middleweight title eliminator. In the months following his loss to Golovkin, Jacobs signed with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing in an effort to get back to fighting for a world title. His first fight with Matchroom Boxing was a success with Jacobs getting a unanimous decision win over Luis Arias.
For Sulecki, the Polish boxer used to fight at middleweight before spending the entirety of 2017 campaigning in the super welterweight division. The undefeated Sulecki is coming off a win over Jack Culcay in an IBF super welterweight title eliminator, but when the opportunity to fight Jacobs came to Sulecki, he took the fight where it eventually was elevated to a WBA middleweight title eliminator. The winner of the fight will be the WBA’s mandatory challenger to Golovkin’s title.
Heavyweight: Jarrell Miller (20-0-1, 18 KO) vs. Johann Duhaupas (37-4, 24 KO)
Miller, a former kickboxing star, has transitioned into the sport of boxing and turned himself into a contender. Miller is riding a 16-fight win streak, stopping his last nine opponents. A win for Miller would put him in position to compete for a world heavyweight title. Duhaupas has won his last three fights, all of them by stoppage, since losing to Alexander Povetkin in 2016. The fight is a WBA title eliminator, meaning the winner will be on the short list of fighters ready to challenge for Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight titles.
(W) WBA/IBF Women’s Lightweight Title Fight: Katie Taylor (8-0, 4 KO) vs. Victoria Noelia Bustos (18-4)
Although this fight won’t be a part of the main televised card, Taylor and Bustos will engage in a historic world title unification at boxing’s women’s lightweight division. As one of the premier Irish athletes today, Taylor has been on the rise ever since she won an Olympic gold medal in the 2012 Summer Olympics. Taylor won the WBA title in just her sixth professional fight last October and then successfully defended her title less than two months later, setting up the historic title unification bout.
Bustos, the current International Boxing Federation champion, won the IBF title 13 months ago with a unanimous decision win over Kimberly Connor. Ever since she lost out on winning the WBC women’s lightweight title when she was defeated by Erica Anabella Farias in 2016, Bustos has won her last three fights.