Brooklyn’s Daniel Jacobs returns to Barclays Center on April 28 to face unbeaten Maciej Sulecki.
This will be the sixth appearance at Barclays Center for the Brownsville native, who appeared on the inaugural BROOKLYN BOXING card in 2012 while making his return to the ring after being diagnosed with cancer and undergoing surgery to remove a tumor.
In 2014, Jacobs captured the WBA middleweight title with a fifth-round knockout of Jarrod Fletcher at Barlcays Center, and in his most recent appearance, faced friend and fellow Brooklynite Peter Quillin in December 2015. Jacobs delivered a stunning first-round knockout of the former WBO champ to win that “Battle for Brooklyn.”
In his most recent fight, Jacobs dominated previously unbeaten Luis Arias in a unanimous decision victory at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in November 17.
He brings a 33-2 record with 29 KOs into the fight.
“I do believe this gentleman is going to bring a fight,” said Jacobs. “I don’t know if he’s the most polished guy that you’ve seen, but he is skillful. When a guy who has more determination, even if it outweighs skill, nine times out of 10 can get the victory if he’s with a guy that doesn’t take it seriously. But you’re looking at a guy who has a second chance, not only at life but at boxing. So I always make sure I always give my best chance and my best opportunities to myself by preventing guys like this from spoiling the whole situation. I want to be the best. I believe in my mind I am the best middleweight in the world. And it’s about proving it.”
Sulecki, a 28-year-old from Poland, has built his 26-0 record fighting mostly in Europe. He fought in the United States for the first time in 2015 and handed middleweight contender Hugo Centeno Jr. his only loss in June 2016. Sulecki fought previously at Barclays Center in January 2016, defeating Derrick Findley by TKO.
Most recently, Sulecki registered a unanimous decision win over Jack Culcay in Newark in October 2017.
“I have great respect for Danny Jacobs,” said. Sulecki. “This is a very good fighter. But I want to win this fight. This is my big chance. I know that I’ll win this fight. I’m very determined. I know who I am, and I know why I’m here and I’ll show you who I am. I know that you don’t know who I am but after the fight everyone will know who I am, I promise.”
Also on the card, Brooklyn heavyweight Jarrell Miller former world championship challenger Johann Duhaupas. Miller is 20-0 with 18 KOs after defeating two more former world heavyweight title challengers in his last two fights. In July 2017 he stopped Gerald Washington at Barclays Center, and in November 2017, fighting on the Jacobs card at NYCB LIVE, he knocked out Mariusz Wach.
WBA world lightweight champion Katie Taylor made her U.S. debut at Barclays Center in July 2017 and captured her title three months later. The 2012 Olympic gold medalist from Ireland will take on IBF champion Victoria Noella Bustos in a unification bout.