Jacobs vs Sulecki

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Middleweights Daniel Jacobs and Maciej Sulecki hit the scales today in Brooklyn, one day ahead of tomorrow night’s HBO main event from Barclays Center, and both fighters made weight for the bout.

Sat, Apr 28 2018
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
10pm ET HBO

Jacobs (33-2, 29 KO) weighed in at 159.6 pounds, with Sulecki (26-0, 10 KO) at 159.2, both just under the 160-pound limit. It’ll be a 12-round fight, with the winner putting himself right in the mix for a bigger fight later this year in the division.

Jacobs, 31, is the clear favorite here, as the more experienced man, particularly in the middleweight division. But Sulecki, 28, is a potential troublemaker in this matchup, a talented fighter who has become a rising contender at 154 and 160 pounds in recent years.

In the co-feature, heavyweights Jarrell Miller (20-0-1, 18 KO) and Johann Duhaupas (37-4, 24 KO) do battle in another bout set for 12 rounds, and this one might be more interesting than some expected.

Miller, 29, who has put on weight over his career, came in at a career-high 304.4 pounds on the scales. The 37-year-old Duhaupas weighed in at 244.2, a little below where he’s been at in his last three fights.

The televised portion of the Jacobs vs. Sulecki card on HBO will begin at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.

Jacobs looked really weight drained at the weigh-in. You can tell that he’s going to blow up overnight when he rehydrates for the fight. I wouldn’t be surprised if Jacobs is over 190 lbs. on Saturday night. During Jacobs’ career, he’s weighed in as a super middleweight 24 of his 35 fights as a pro. You can argue that Jacobs is for all intents and purposes a super middleweight [168], who drains down to 160 to fight smaller fighters than himself. They call fighters that do that a ‘weight bully.’ It would be interesting to see how Jacobs would do at super middleweight against the likes of George Groves, Callum Smith, David Benavidez and Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez. That’s the division where Jacobs should probably be fighting at rather than him melting down to 160 to fight in the middleweight class.

This is Jacobs’ chance to show that he’s as good as he says he is. Jacobs has been saying he’s the best middleweight in the division today. If this is true, he should be able to knockout Sulecki without any problems. If Jacobs, 31, KO Sulecki, it will at least back up some of what he’s been saying about how he’s better than the other top fighters in the 160 lb. weight class. For Jacobs to be taken seriously, his promoter Eddie Hearn is going to need to take a risk with him by matching him against unbeaten Jermall Charlo (27-0, 21 KOs) like he’s been talking about wanting to do.

”I believe Sulecki will come to fight and it takes two to tango,” Jacobs said to skysports.com. ”We’ll see if Sulecki can take my shots, but if not, it’s going to be a good night in Brooklyn.”

We’ll see if Jacobs can handle Sulecki’s shots, as he punches as hard as Dmitry Pirog, and he’s aggressive like him. Jacobs had better keep his guard up on Saturday, because Sulecki punches well on the inside. That’s what makes him hard to beat. Sulecki throws short shots really well, and he’s a lot better at fighting on the inside than Gennady Golovkin. When he was on the inside against Jacobs, he didn’t do much. Sulecki is a different type of fighter. He’s very comfortable on the inside.

Jacobs is going to have to try and keep the action on the outside if he wants to keep from getting knocked out.

Jacobs is a low priority for Golovkin, because he already lost to him last year in March and he didn’t bring in many boxing fans. There’s not a lot of interest in a Golovkin vs. Jacobs rematch. A second Golovkin-Jacobs fight will likely play out like the first with Golovkin out-boxing and out-slugging Jacobs to win a 12 round decision.