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Prediction: Danny Jacobs v Sulecki Will Be Fan Friendly, Jacobs Aims For Splashy KO

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In case you are on the fence about going to Barclays Center Saturday night, I want to share a feeling I have about the main event, which pits Danny Jacobs against Maciej Sulecki, in a middleweight clash.

Jacobs is 33-2, and one of HBO’s centerpieces, while Sulecki is 26-0 but will be stepping up a full step against the Brooklyn boxer, who has more hand speed and explosivity than anyone he’s tangled with.

My gut tells me this main event is going to be “fan friendly” affair, meaning that it won’t look like Jacobs’ last outing. The 31 year old, in his first fight for Eddie Hearns’ Matchroom, battled Luis Arias, in Nassau Coliseum. Arias talked a majestic game in fight week, but when put up time came, he got defensive. Jacobs’ power suprised him some, so he looked to survive more than thrive. I think Jacobs won’t be inclined to allow that to happen again, and will fight with urgency and contained fury on Saturday, in Brooklyn. Sulecki won’t have the power to hold off Jacobs and won’t have the footwork to do what Arias did. He might also not have the temperament, in a good way…

Jacobs’ trainer is Andre Rozier; he also handles Sadam Ali, who has a 154 pound title defense coming May 12, against Liam Smith. Rozier told me that Jacobs is dialed in, his health and fitness is spot on, and he wants to make an impact statement Saturday.

Rozier: “He has a tough opponent, in Maciej Sulecki, but Danny says ‘don’t go to the kitchen to get popcorn when his fight is on. Because it’s not gonna be that long.”

Music to my ears…

I’m a proponent not of the “win now, look good later” school, but rather of the “build buzz and paycheck leverage with knockouts” school.

“We plan for everything and anything, but Danny is looking for a one-round wreckage…he’s ready to stop his opponent, and he’s been training hard, and he’s punching hard and he’s punching fast, and he’s punching lethally, and I don’t think it’s going to last three rounds.”

Mark those words, and mine. Jacobs is looking for a statement making KO and that is bad news for the Pole…

Editor/publisher Michael Woods became addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the fearsome Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of TheSweetScience.com from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and numerous other organizations.

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