Former middleweight world champion and Brooklyn Boxing ambassador Daniel Jacobs (33-2-0, 29 KOs) returns for a 12-round middleweight showdown against undefeated contender Maciej Sulecki (26-0-0, 10 KOs). The event is presented by Matchroom Boxing USA and takes place Saturday, April 28 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Opening the HBO telecast, undefeated Brooklyn heavyweight contender Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller (20-0-1, 18 KOs) faces former world title challenger, Johann “The Reptile” Duhaupas (37-4-0, 24 KOs), of Abbeville, France, in a scheduled 12-round clash.
Barclays Center is the home of Jacobs’ biggest career victory, a stunning first-round knockout of Brooklyn rival Peter Quillin on Dec. 5, 2015. Known as the “Miracle Man” for his miraculous recovery from cancer in 2012, Jacobs is returning to battle following a dominant 12-round unanimous decision over then-undefeated Luis Arias on Nov. 11, 2017.
“I’m very excited to be back at Barclays Center, it always feels like home fighting there," said Jacobs. “I want to thank Eddie Hearn, HBO and Brett Yormark for making it possible.
“I’m looking forward to fight Sulecki on April 28, he’s an undefeated guy that I know will be looking to make a name for himself by beating me," continued Jacobs. "I’m looking to have a great training camp and get myself focused to really put on a show for the Brooklyn fans come April 28.”
Jacobs is currently world ranked No. 2 by the WBA and No. 3 by the WBC, IBF and WBO in addition to being ranked No. 3 by ESPN.com. This will be his fifth time fighting in his hometown venue, Barclays Center.
Sulecki, a native of Warsaw, Poland who now lives in Florida, capped a successful 2017 with a 10-round unanimous decision victory over former world title challenger Jack Culcay on Oct. 21. Over the course of his eight years as a professional, Sulecki has compiled wins against notables including Hugo Centano Jr., Grzegorz Proksa, Darryl Cunningham and Damian Ezequiel Bonelli. Sulecki is ranked No. 6 in the world among middleweights by the WBO.
“This is an excellent opportunity for me to fight one of the very best middleweights in the world,” said Sulecki. “I’ll be very well prepared to stay undefeated and defeat Jacobs in front of the Polish boxing fans at Barclays Center as I continue my march to become a world champion.”
The heavy-handed Miller, 29, scored two dominant stoppages in 2017. Fighting for the first time at Barclays Center on July 29 of last year, Miller stopped former world title challenger Gerald Washington at the end of eight rounds. Miller is currently ranked No. 3 among global heavyweights by the WBO, IBF and WBA.
“Nothing makes me more gratified and blessed to do what I love best and that’s to get back in the ring and continue to solidify my place as the next heavyweight Champion of the world," said Miller. "This fight on April 28th is just the next step to being recognized as the best in the world and a training ground for Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder."
Duhaupas stormed through 2017 with three dominant wins, including an eighth-round stoppage of Newfei Quatah on Dec. 14 in Levallois-Perret, France. Among the top names Duhaupas has battled over his 13-year professional career are WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, Alexander Povetkin, Robert Helenius, Manuel Charr and Erkan Teper. Duhaupas is ranked No. 7 among world heavyweights by the WBC.
“A top heavyweight does not have to be heavy or light, fat or slim," Duhaupas said. "A heavyweight just needs to be strong. I will show on April 28 that I am strong enough to beat Jarrell Miller.”
Also returning to the Barclays Center on the non-televised undercard, WBA lightweight women’s world champion Katie Taylor (8-0-0, 4 KOs) of Bray, Ireland will fight in a 10-round world title unification against IBF lightweight women’s champion Victoria Bustos (18-4-0) of Rosario, Argentina.
Details regarding tickets will be announced shortly.