On Saturday, April 21, 2018, Daniel Jacobs (34-2, 29 KOs) stepped back into the ring against Maciej Sulecki (26-1, 10 KOs) in his backyard of Brooklyn at Barclays Center.
Headlining a doubleheader on HBO, Jacobs won a 12-round unanimous decision over Sulecki with scores of 116-111, 117-110 and 115-112.
Jacobs controlled distance and pace throughout most of the night, but as advertised, Sulecki was tough and stood the 12-round test, eating some of Jacobs’ best punches.
Feeling that Sulecki posed no serious threat in the power department, Jacobs repeatedly invited the Polish fighter to trade power shots with him on the inside.
Jacobs was finally able to drop Sulecki in the final round with a perfectly placed right hand, but to his credit Sulecki got up and let his hands go to close out a good performance that will almost certainly reward him with another televised fight.
While Sulecki was able to land a number of clean right hands on Jacobs throughout the night, he never could hurt the Brooklyn native.
The HBO crew repeatedly wondered if Jacobs was eating those shots from a power-punching Middleweight, how he would stand up.
One such power puncher at 160 pounds is Jermall Charlo, who Jacobs mentioned after the fight in his interview with Max Kellerman.
“If Brooklyn wants Charlo–Charlo where you at boy? Come see me. I’m the king of Brooklyn,” said Jacobs.
Charlo scored a blistering knockout over Hugo Centeno Jr. just one week ago in the very same building.
With the animosity, in-person confrontation and social media battles that have already taken place, Jacobs vs. Charlo is already boiling hot and is certainly one of the best matchups that can be made at 160 pounds.
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