Jacobs' Manager: We Want Saunders; He's Hiding Behind Promoter

By Keith Idec

Daniel Jacobs’ manager dismissed Billy Joe Saunders’ assertion that Jacobs signed with promoter Eddie Hearn as a way to avoid fighting him.

Saunders’ statements were made in an interview with iFL TV, which posted it Tuesday ( Keith Connolly, Jacobs’ manager, told on Wednesday that Jacobs wanted to challenge Saunders for the British southpaw’s WBO middleweight title on April 28 at Barclays Center.

Hearn informed Connolly that Saunders wasn’t at all interesting in boxing Jacobs (33-2, 29 KOs), who’ll instead battle Poland’s Maciej Sulecki (26-0, 10 KOs) in a fight HBO will televise from Jacobs’ hometown. Saunders (26-0, 12 KOs) will make the fourth defense of his WBO 160-pound championship against England’s Martin Murry (36-4-1, 17 KOs) on April 14 at 02 Arena in London.


“Obviously, B.J. Saunders’ comments about Danny signing with Eddie Hearn to get away from B.J. Saunders are absolutely ridiculous,” Connolly said. “Danny will fight B.J. Saunders anytime. We actually, after the [Luis] Arias fight, asked to fight B.J. Saunders and Eddie said that they had no interest in fighting us. So Saunders is just hiding behind his promoter. It’s his way of getting out of the fight, and that’s typical for Saunders. He doesn’t really wanna fight Danny.”

Saunders is promoted by Frank Warren, Hearn’s rival in the United Kingdom. Their contentious relationship is viewed as an impediment toward making a Saunders-Jacobs bout, but Connolly contends one of the best fights that could be made within the middleweight division could become reality if Saunders really weren’t just playing it safe while waiting for the winner of the Gennady Golovkin-Canelo Alvarez rematch.

“Danny is his own boss,” Connolly said. “Frank Warren obviously is Saunders’ boss, and I think he’ll be happy just to hide behind him for the next year or two. If Saunders wants to make the fight with Danny, all he has to do is go to his promoter and tell him to make the fight. Eddie Hearn is not stopping this fight. It’s Saunders that’s stopping it.”

Meanwhile, an official announcement on Jacobs-Sulecki is expected soon.

“As far as Danny’s fight against Sulecki,” Connolly said, “we’re fighting an undefeated guy, the guy that knocked out the guy [Hugo Centeno Jr.] that [Jermall] Charlo is fighting. Danny’s not afraid to fight anybody. Even though Sulecki isn’t a big name, it’s because nobody out there wants to fight Danny at this point. He’s too high-risk. Everybody is waiting for Golovkin and Canelo.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by PunchyPotorff on 02-10-2018

We're talking about 2 great fighters, both with high skill sets. I'd give Saunders the edge at this point. He simply has one really slick boxing style that will be nearly impossible to beat. Danny though, is no slouch. And…

Comment by WallabeeKing on 02-08-2018

Should happen in the UK.

Comment by sweeterscience on 02-08-2018

[QUOTE=Johnston;18469571]Because it's not obvious... Jacobs entire career will be remembered for almost beating golovkin. Ever since that fight he's been extremely entitled. Has no belts, brings in no money, signs a fight and then starts talking about Saunders. Never seen…

Comment by Chrismart on 02-08-2018

Well whatever the reasoning BJS was right, the fight is a tough one to make now due to Warren/Hearn.

Comment by Bronx2245 on 02-08-2018

[QUOTE=Shadoww702;18469626]And that's what is soo WRONG with boxing.[/QUOTE]And that's what's so WRONG with TV contracts! You can get good MONEY. or good OPPONENTS, but it's hard to get both!

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