Saturday night on HBO live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York Matchroom boxing hosted a highly anticipated Middleweight headliner featuring former WBA middleweight champion Danny Jacobs taking on undefeated volume puncher Maciej Sulecki. In the co-feature undefeated heavyweight Jarrell Miller would face former world title challenger Johann Duhaupas and as an added bonus the very popular 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Katie Taylor faced Victoria Noelia Bustos in a female IBF-WBA lightweight world title unification bout.
The main event between Danny Jacobs and Maciej Sulecki was an exciting one, with Sulecki campaigning in the United States for a short time he was a mystery of sorts for most fans watching. Those who did know him is because of the stoppage win over fringe contender Hugo Centeno Jr in 2016. The fans in attendance had all come to see Jacobs put on a performance for the hometown. Once the bell rang to start the contest it was Sulecki who applied pressure outworking Jacobs. Once round three began Jacobs began timing Sulecki with powerful hooks that Sulecki absorbed surprisingly well. Just before the bell sounded, Jacobs landed a hard counter that pushed Sulecki backwards for the first time in the fight.
In rounds four through seven Sulecki would continue coming forward but Jacobs had started rolling with the punches of Sulecki and landing hard clean counter punches. It appeared Jacobs slowed slightly once round nine started allowing Sulecki to pick up his pace again, Jacobs would look for the right hand counters but they were wide and Sulecki avoided them easily. The fighters in rounds ten and eleven would both put in quality work, Sulecki was busier but Jacobs landed the harder more telling blows. A knockdown would be scored by Jacobs in round twelve but Sulecki would beat the count and come right towards Jacobs hoping to even things out. They would trade punches until the final bell.When scores were read Judges seen it in favor of Daniel Jacobs with scores of 117-110, 116-111 and 115-112. With the win Daniel Jacobs now mandatory challenger for the WBA middleweight championship improved to 34-2 (29), Maciej Sulecki suffering his first career loss now stands at 26-1 (10).
It was far from the dominate performance fans and media expected from Jacobs but it did reinforce his ability to adapt to any style when needed. With this performance Maciej Sulecki placed himself among the top fighters in and around 154-160lbs where he is able to make both weights.
The co-feature between undefeated heavyweight Jarrell Miller and former world title challenger Johann Duhaupas was not an overly exciting contest but it did have sustained action through out. It looked as though Miller would have an easy night when he stunned Duhaupas in round one but the rugged French fighter continued moving in and throwing punches that forced Miller to display his defensive ability. At no time was Miller on the back-foot but Duhaupas with his experience and chin made him work steady all night while absorbing his own fair share of punches. It would last the distance and bring Miller one step closer to that possible title shot he has been seeking, with the win Jarrell Miller improved to 21-0-1 (18) while Johann now stands at Duhaupas 37-5 (24).
In a female lightweight world title unification bout Olympic Gold Medalist and womens IBF world champion Katie Taylor faced WBA champion Victoria Noelia Bustos. While neither lady is a power puncher, Taylor only 4 stoppage wins and Bustos having never scored a stoppage win in her career they gave fans action from start to finish. The two ladies demonstrated volume and genuine world class boxing ability for the entire ten round distance with neither giving an inch at anytime.
When the scores were read judges seen it 99-91 twice and 98-92 all in favor of Katie Taylor who is now the unified IBF and WBA female lightweight world champion, her record improved to 9-0 (4) while Bustos now stands at 18-5 (0).
In undercard action
Super Lightweight- Shohjahon Ergashev 12-0 (11) def. Zhimin Wang 10-3 (3) via UD 10.
Super Lightweight- Angel Sarinana 8-7-2 (3) def. Dimash Niyazov 13-1-3 (6) via UD 6.
Welterweight- Julian Sosa 12-0-1 (4) def. Larry Ventus 9-12-1 (4) via MD 6.
Super Lightweight- Nikolay Buzolin 6-3-1 (1) def. Lawrence Gleason 6-1 (2) via KO 6.
Super Welterweight- Noah Kidd 4-0-1(3) def. Daniyar Yeleussinov 0-1 via TKO 3.