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Spike Spurned, Sulecki Seems Set To Meet Jacobs April 28 in Brooklyn



Nobody will be watching the May 5 Gennady Golovkin v Canelo Alvarez middleweight supremacy showdown, the sequel, harder than Brooklyn’s Danny Jacobs.

The 31 year old is keeping sharp while the sands drop through the hourglass to May, when we all get to see if GGG can exert a power edge this time more conclusively, or Canelo’s ring generalship is a notch better and the Mexican takes the ‘best at 160’ crown. Jacobs will be ringside, whether the tango lands in Vegas, or wherever, and wants the winner, preferably, or the loser if that is what the market offers.

His advisor Keith Connolly has the hitter busier, keeping his joints lubed and his name recognition higher, and thus, has the 33-2 boxer topping an April 28 card at Barclays Center, and on HBO.

It’s looking like the Pole Maciej Sulecki (26-0 with 10 KOs) will be standing across from Jacobs at the Barc, Connolly said, but the deal isn’t finished and final signatures need to be put to paper.

I asked Connolly about the quality of the foe, if it turns out Sulecki gets the slot.

“He’s a tougher opponent than Spike O’Sullivan and we are fighting the guy that knocked out the guy that Charlo’s fighting… Danny wants to fight the top guys but they’re all running so this was the best option we had at the moment.”

Connolly is referring to the fact that the 26 year old Sulecki stopped Hugo Centeno (26-1), in June 2016, the same Centeno that fights March 3 at Barclays Center, against Jermall Charlo.  (The shift to promoter Eddie Hearn for Jacobs came about because the boxer simply wants to be more active. He’s not left the Al Haymon umbrella, but wanted to do something to secure more than intermittent fight dates, and Connolly’s vociferousness in advocating for that has paid dividends for him. That sentiment seems to be rippling through the game, with chatter prevalent among some other top tier fighters who’d like to be busier. I heard of one star caliber 154 pounder who supposedly is chomping at the bit to run more freely, a la Jacobs, and make a move to where he can secure more frequent scraps. I asked around, to one of his reps, but they said there was nothing to that rumor mill whisper-cluster.)

Sulecki’s power isn’t seen as fearsome, but is respectable. He looked solid in besting Jack Culcay in NJ in October, but the fight was tight, and by no means did he run away with it. Culcay buzzed him a few times.

O’Sullivan seemed to have the inside track on a fight with Jacobs, and said he wanted it. But his co-promoter, Golden Boy, has another avenue they think is a better one for him to travel, so we should know soon what he’s got cooking instead of a faceoff with Jacobs.

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 New York, RING, and he was editor of 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.