Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs and Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller headline HBO’s World Championship Boxing telecast, live this Saturday, from Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York (9PM EST). Both born and raised in Brooklyn, Jacobs and Miller could travel to the venue via brief subway excursion and/or some light roadwork. With sizable plans on the horizon, Jacobs and Miller will need to focus on the tasks at hand first.
Daniel Jacobs (33-2, 29 KO’s) vs. Maciej Sulecki (26-0, 10 KO’s)
Renewed after pushing Gennady Golovkin to the brink of defeat in May 2017, Daniel Jacobs has patiently bided his time. Golovkin’s been occupied with Canelo Alvarez, their controversial draw last September, the planned rematch on Cince de Mayo, Canelo’s failed drug test, revealing the performance enhancer, clenbuterol, Canelo’s subsequent suspension, and “Triple G’s” last minute replacement opponent, Vanes Martirosyan. While that mess sorts itself out, Jacobs is staying busy, beating Luis Arias late last year. And there was a highly publicized verbal confrontation with interim WBC Middleweight champion, Jermall Charlo, which has aided in keeping Jacobs on the radar, in high demand. He just might be the best 160-pounder in the world, and he’s more than willing to prove it.
Maciej Sulecki, from Poland, shouldn’t be taken lightly. Though largely unknown to American fight fans, Sulecki brings 140 bouts worth of amateur experience and no traces of fear to Saturday’s fight. A skilled boxer, Sulecki punches in combinations, upstairs and down. His most notable wins are over Hugo Centeno, Jr. and Grzegorz Proksa, both by knockout. He’s coming to change the fate of his professional boxing career forever, but it’d be quite an upset if he were victorious. Food for thought; the last time Jacobs faced an unheralded European fighter on HBO, he was KO’ed in 5 round by Dmitry Pirog.
Jarrell Miller (20-0-1, 18 KO’s) vs. Johann Duhaupas (37-4, 24 KO’s)
If victorious, “Big Baby” Miller could get a shot at the Heavyweight title, or titles, as the case may be. Anthony Joshua, possessor of 3 of the 4 belts, is rumored to be making his debut in the U.S. in August, and Miller’s the target opponent. It’d be quite a spectacle, witnessing Joshua’s comic book physique juxtaposed with “Big Baby’s”, who looks like he was built for competitive eating as much as combat. But don’t judge the book by its cover; Miller’s considerably more athletic than a (nearly) 300 pound man should be. Good hand-speed, mobility, enough power to hurt anyone in the division, quick wit and a likable personality has propelled “Big Baby” to the precipice of heavyweight stardom.
Duhaupas, from France, isn’t expected to upset the applecart. The best guys he’s faced are Deontay Wilder and Alexander Povetkin, who both stopped him. “Big Baby” isn’t the caliber of either of those men, but Duhaupas is aged and worn enough to where an upset is highly unlikely.