He wanted, some of his crew told me, a splashy quick KO at Barclays Center on Saturday evening. But Danny Jacobs' foe, Maciej Sulecki, wasn't in a cooperative mood.
Jacobs outlanded the Pole in 11 of 12 rounds, but the underdog made it a tight fight. His hand speed was more than decent, his D was solid, his right cross was snappy, and his will to win didn't waver.
Things looked tight but a final round knockdown was a solid punctuation mark for the Brooklyn boxer whose fan base is edging up nicely; after 12, Jacobs scored a UD12 on the Eddie Hearn/HBO card, by scores of 116-111, 117-110 and 115-113.
Jacobs teased a fight against 160 Charlo, Jermall, and said he's the king of Brooklyn and would welcome a rumble against the twin, if a fight against a strap holder like Gennady Glolovkin weren't available. We liked the urgency Jacobs showed in the final round, when he was in guns a blazing mode and thought we'd see that level of frenzy early. But basically he smart-boxed his way to a win.
Hearn said that more than 7,000 butts were in seats to see the show, and Jarrell Miller's solid outing against Johan Duhaupas, a rugged Frenchman who stood up to the volume attack of the 300 pounder Miller, another Brooklyn bred pugilist. Miller..
..gets scorn from some corners for being too beefy, but Roy Jones told detractors to STFU, basically. The man is XXL but has good stamina and that's the main reason for trimming down, usually. He said he'd better Anthony Joshua if given the chance to invite the Brit to beef in Brooklyn.