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Jacobs V Charlo: Daniel Enters The Lion’s Den

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They say you coming to the lion’s den to tame and me handle/ the problem is you don’t look nothing like Daniel

Jermall Charlo, who in so many ways told Hugo Centeno Jr he was a hopeless hyena

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Last night on HBO Boxing After Dark from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, former WBA middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs (34-2, 29KOs) earned a spectacularly subdued UD12 over a beast in Sulecki. The pale Pole was far from foul; giving Jacobs more of a fire fight than a fair one. I knew he would– and so did Roy Jones Jr and Max Kellerman.

On the undercard of “Iron” Murat Gassiev V Krzysztof Wlodarczyk at the Prudential Center in Newark last October, I had a chance to scout Maciej Sulecki (26-1, 10KOs) at the Everlast Gym in Hoboken, NJ and went back to those notes…

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“Is a fierce competitor and has an iron will /will destroy passive aggression/ missing Triple G’s jab and authority, but has more dimension/ Is persistent and can outwork Daniel Jacobs”

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All of that turned out to be true, but Jacobs has Andre Rozier in his corner and Sulecki does not. That was the difference in the scoring (I had it 115-112 Jacobs. 117-110 is preposterous) inside of a lit up Barclays that was a gaslight for Charlo V Centeno just a week prior on SHOWTIME. Not only was the HBO production far better– but so is their product. Jacobs silenced Charlo’s roar in Brooklyn after Deontay Wilder survived King Kong on March 3 at Barclays.

He’d also most likely devour the burgeoning PBC star if they fought in 2018, as Jacobs responded to Kellerman during their ring interview that he is more than willing to do.

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“Jacob’s Ladder” is too tall for Charlo

It would allow him to climb out of the lion’s den of Charlo badly wounded after slaying him. Charlo is Mustafa with baby teeth, as his pedigree pales in comparison to that of Jacobs. Not only does Jacobs have a Madison Square Garden war with Gennady Golovkin that was a closer fight than GGG V Canelo Alvarez, but his last opponent, Luis Arias, KO’s sacrificial lamb Hugo Centeno Jr the same way Charlo did. It did nothing to prepare his skill set for the nuance of Jacobs.

Of course, Charlo doesn’t believe that; possessing the hubris of Felix Trinidad with the belief that his power rivals Julian Jackson. But in Jacobs, he’d be facing a more cerebral, more dimensional version of the great Meldrick Taylor. What’s interesting about this fight is Charlo’s one-punch ability, especially with Jacob’s willingness to punch with an opponent at all times. The feeling here is that both Rozier and Jacobs would see Charlo as a bully who can be bullied. Somewhere in between Trinidad V Hopkins and Trinidad V Vargas is Jacobs V Charlo, which equates to a 12th round TKO victory for The Miracle Man” in an instant classic.

Senior correspondent for NY Fights and author of upcoming book, "The Fist Club." Conscious indie recording artist "T@z" and humanist advocate for the Green Party.

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