Trash talk was at a minimum at the Friday weigh in, at Barclays Center, as middleweight attraction Danny Jacobs looked fit and ready to rumble tomorrow, against Maciej Sulecki.
The Brooklyn boxer, holding a 33-2 record, is 31 years old and has been around the block enough to know how this works. No scale fail, then; Jacobs was 159.6, while the 26-0 Sulecki was 159.2. They’ll collide at Barclays, in what SHOULD be a showcase for the New Yorker to give the division a jolt, with a nasty KO.
They got close enough to smell what each other had for breakfast, and Danny promised the underdog that he’d taste his first L tomorrow, in a bout that will screen on HBO.
There was no scale fail for Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller, but the Brooklyn heavyweight made that device work a touch harder than with the other 15 hitters on the card. Miller weighed in at a career high 304.4..
..having previously topped out at 298 3/4 for his July 2017 win over Gerald Washington. Miller told us that he felt too light in his last outing, which came in November of last year, against Mariusz Wach (TKO9 win).
Media pressure for him to be more svelte woudn’t be in his head for his next fight, he said, and he made good on that. Miller has been a pro since 2009, and is rated No. 3 by both the IBF and the WBA, and No. 4 in the WBO. His foe, the Frenchman Johan Duhapaus, is 37 years old. He scaled in at 244.2, eight pounds more than when he gloved up with WBC titlist Deontay Wilder in 2015. He gave a solid account of himself, lasting til round 11 before being stopped. Miller would like to end it earlier than Wilder do, to provide a sterling compare ‘n’ contrast.
Jacobs’ manager Keith Connolly confirmed his guy is ready to rock. “We are war ready,” he told NYF of Jacobs’ mindset. Connolly and Jacobs’ trainer Andre Rozier have both told me their guy would very much like a flashy KO, better early than late, to send a message, and summon heavy-duty buzz.