Daniel Jacobs-Maciej Sulecki, Jarrell Miller-Johann Duhaupas set for April 28 on HBO
Daniel Jacobs first fight of 2018 is on its way.
THE RING’s No. 2 middleweight will return April 28 in his hometown, Brooklyn, New York, with an April 28 assignment against undefeated Polish fighter Maciej Sulecki, promoter Matchroom Sports announced Sunday. Jacobs and Sulecki will meet in the HBO main event, with heavyweight contender Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller in the co-feature against Johann Duhaupas.
It’s the second consecutive time Jacobs and Miller will share an HBO card — they both scored victories over Luis Arias and Mariusz Wach, respectively, in November.
“I’m very excited to be back in the Barclays Center, it always feels like home fighting there,” said Jacobs (33-2, 29 knockouts). ” … I’m looking forward to fight Sulecki on April 28, he’s an undefeated guy that I know will be looking to make a name for himself by beating me.
“I’m looking to have a great training camp and get myself focused to really put on a show for the Brooklyn fans come April 28.”
Jacobs, 31, gave Gennady Golovkin all he could handle in March and dropped a disputed decision. Prior to that, the cancer survivor showed off his punching power with a blistering first-round stoppage of Peter Quillin. Jacobs is one of the sport’s elite talents, but while he waits for a crack at the winner of the rematch between GGG and Canelo Alvarez, he’ll take on a hungry contender looking to show his stuff in his HBO debut.
Sulecki (26-0, 10 KOs) is rated No. 9 by THE RING at 154 pounds, but he’ll be returning to middleweight for the career-best opportunity. His top victory to date remains a 10th-round stoppage of Hugo Centeno in 2016.
“This is an excellent opportunity for me to fight one of the very best middleweights in the world,” said Sulecki, 28. “I’ll be very well-prepared to stay undefeated and defeat Jacobs in front of the Polish boxing fans at Barclays Center as I continue my march to become a world champion.”
Miller, too, is hoping to break himself into the title picture, and he’ll face Duhaupas (37-4, 24 KOs), the battle-tested Frenchman who was knocked out by both Deontay Wilder and Alexander Povetkin. Miller (20-0-1, 18 KOs) is a behemoth (he weighed over 283 pounds for his last fight) and he possesses good hand speed and athleticism, but an even more impressive mouth. There’s been talk Miller could land a fight with Anthony Joshua, should the Brit make the jump to HBO, but Miller needs to do more than win — he must impress.
“Nothing makes me more gratified and blessed to do what I love best and that’s to get back in the ring and continue to solidify my place as the next heavyweight champion of the world,” said Miller, THE RING’s No. 9 heavyweight, who also hails from Brooklyn. ”
“This fight on April 28 is just the next step to being recognized as the best in the world and a training ground for Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder.”
Mike Coppinger is the Senior Writer for RingTV.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger