Jacobs vs. Sulecki Recap: Jacobs Finishes On Top
Thanks to a strong right hand and a knockdown in the final round, Daniel Jacobs is officially back in the middleweight world title picture.
Jacobs defeated Sulecki by unanimous decision (116-111, 117-110, 115-112) in the main event of a Barclays Center boxing card in order to become the World Boxing Association’s (WBA) mandatory challenger to Gennady Golovkin’s middleweight title.
In a post-fight interview with Max Kellerman, Jacobs acknowledged Sulecki’s resiliency and said the now-once beaten Polish boxer deserves to be called a true middleweight boxer.
“I came in and was prepared for everything. I think we abandoned the jab for a little bit… I was confident and figured if I pressured a little bit, I could get a knockdown. He’s a tough durable guy. He deserves to be at middleweight,” Jacobs said.
A back-and-forth battle culminates with @DanielJacobsTKO‘s rousing knockdown of @SuleckiMaciej in the final round. Jacobs came out on top with a unanimous decision win and his eyes set on the top of the middleweight division. #JacobsSulecki pic.twitter.com/3uONm7zI9Z
— HBOboxing (@HBOboxing) April 29, 2018
As far as what is next for Jacobs, even though he is the mandatory challenger to Golovkin’s WBA title, it remains to be seen if Jacobs will get a chance to avenge his loss to Golovkin from their pay-per-view fight in March 2017. In that same interview, Jacobs said he would look at other options, likely against Jermall Charlo, if a rematch against Golovkin is not possible in the coming months.
The co-main event of the event was a heavyweight clash between Jarrell Miller and former title challenger Johann Duhaupas. The undefeated New York native defeated Duhaupas by unanimous decision (119-109, 119-109, 117-111). Miller faced the toughest test of his career against Duhaupas as Duhaupas refused to go down in the face of Miller’s power. Miller went the distance for the second time in his pro boxing career, putting himself in position to potentially challenge for Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight titles.
The other big fight on the card saw Irish boxing star Katie Taylor move to 9-0 and unify the WBA and IBF Women’s lightweight titles with a wide unanimous decision victory over Victoria Noelia Bustos (99-91, 99-91, 98-92). Taylor, a former Olympic gold medalist, has now won her third consecutive world title fight and gets her second win on American soil.
Barclays Center April 28 Results:
Middleweight: Daniel Jacobs defeated Maciej Sulecki by unanimous decision (116-111, 117-110, 115-112)
Heavyweight: Jarrell Miller defeated Johann Duhaupas by unanimous decision (119-109, 119-109, 117-111)
WBA/IBF Women’s Lightweight World Title Unification: Katie Taylor defeated Victoria Noelia Bustos by unanimous decision (99-91, 99-91, 98-92)