Matchroom Boxing USA makes their triumphant return to the United States as former Middleweight World Champion and BROOKLYN BOXING Ambassador DANIEL JACOBS, (33-2-0, 29 KO’s), returns for a 12-round middleweight showdown against undefeated world ranked Polish contender MACIEJ SULECKI, (26-0-0, 10 KO’s). The event takes place Saturday, April 28 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Photos by Ed Mulholland.
Opening the HBO telecast, undefeated Brooklyn heavyweight contender JARRELL ‘Big Baby MILLER, (20-0-1, 18 KO’s) faces former world title challenger, JOHANN “The Reptile” DUHAUPUS, (37-4-0, 24 KO’s), of Abbeville, France, over 12-rounds in a WBA World Heavyweight Title Eliminator.
Also returning to the Barclays Center on the non-televised undercard, WBA Lightweight Women’s World Champion KATIE TAYLOR, (8-0-0, 4 KO’s) 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.
Additionally, fighting in separate 10-round bouts, former heavyweight world title challenger ARTUR ‘The Pin’ SZPILKA, (20-3-0, 15 KO’s), of Wieliczka, Poland, returns along with emerging, unbeaten knockout artist SHOHJAHON ERGASHEV, (11-0-0, 11 KO’s), a native of Uzbekistan, now fighting out of Brooklyn, New York, against opponents to be announced.
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Barclays Center is the home of Daniel Jacobs’ biggest career victory, a stunning first round knockout of Brooklyn rival Peter Quillin on December 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 November 11, 2017 at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Challenging for middleweight supremacy on March 18, 2017, Jacobs lost a very hotly contested and controversial 12-round decision to Gennady Golovkin in New York City, the first distance fight for Golovkin in nine years.
Jacobs is currently world ranked #2 by the WBA and #3 by the WBC, IBF and WBO in addition to being ranked #3 by ESPN.com. This will be his fifth time fighting in his hometown venue, Barclays Center.
A native of Warsaw, Poland, now living in Florida, Sulecki capped a very successful 2017 with a ten round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Jack Culcay on October 21 at the Prudential Center in Newark. 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 #6 in the world by the WBO.
The 29-year-old heavy-handed Jarrell Miller scored two dominant stoppages in 2017. Fighting for the first time at Barclays Center on July 29, 2017, Miller stopped former world title challenger Gerald Washington at the end of eight rounds.
Following that up most recently, Miller stopped former world title challenger Mariusz Wach in the ninth round on November 11, 2017 at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Johann Duhaupus stormed through 2017 with three dominant wins including an eighth-round stoppage of Newfei Quatah on December 14 in Levallois-Perret, France.
Among the top names Duhaupus has battled over his thirteen-year professional career are WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder, Alexander Povetkin, Robert Helenius, Manuel Charr and Erkan Teper.
Miller is currently world ranked #3 by the WBO, IBF and WBA while Duhaupus is world ranked #7 by the WBC.
2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Katie Taylor has taken the international women’s boxing world by storm since turning professional in November 2016. Winning her first world title on October 28, 2017 against Anahi Sanchez in Cardiff, England, she made her first defense in an outstanding performance against American Jessica McCaskill on December 13, 2017 at York Hall in London.
Previously at Barclays Center, Taylor won an eight-round decision over Jasmine Clarkson on July 29, 2017 impressing the Brooklyn faithful.
Fighting for the first time in the United States, Bustos will be making the sixth defense of her IBF world title. Winning the vacant belt in 2013, she made her most recent defense with a ten-round victory over Maria Capriolo in Rosario, Argentina on August 18, 2017.