By Keith Idec
All Maciej Sulecki seems to hear and read about is Daniel Jacobs’ commendable performance against Gennady Golovkin.
Jacobs gained a lot of respect for giving Golovkin what to that point had been the most difficult fight of the unbeaten middleweight champion’s career 13 months ago. Sulecki can’t understand, however, why fans and media haven’t been as critical of the way Jacobs boxed against Luis Arias and others.
Poland’s Sulecki (26-0, 10 KOs) discussed during a recent conference call the effusive praise Jacobs (33-2, 29 KOs) has received for his 12-round, unanimous-decision defeat to Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) in March 2017 at Madison Square Garden.
“First of all, this was the best Danny Jacobs fight ever,” said Sulecki, who’ll face Jacobs on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
“I don’t think he will ever repeat this kind of performance. It was more about Golovkin not fighting tactically well. It was a bad fight by Golovkin and I am really surprised people are judging Danny Jacobs only by using his fight versus Golovkin. Why not judge Danny [by] his fight versus Arias, such a clown like Arias? I’m putting the question out – why, Danny, didn’t you finish such a clown, like Arias?”
Brooklyn’s Jacobs declined to answer Sulecki’s question on the aforementioned conference call. The 31-year-old contender did defend his performance against Arias (18-1, 9 KOs), who was reluctant to engage and lost a lopsided unanimous decision to Jacobs in their 12-rounder November 11 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
His criticism aside, Sulecki acknowledged that he anticipates Jacobs becoming the toughest opponent of his seven-year pro career. That distinction, according to Sulecki, currently belongs to Jack Culcay.
Sulecki out-boxed Ecuador’s Culcay (23-3, 11 KOs) in his last fight to win a 12-round unanimous decision October 21 in Newark, New Jersey. The Sulecki-Culcay bout was contested at the junior middleweight limit of 154 pounds, six pounds lower than the limit for Sulecki’s fight against Jacobs.
“Yes, when you look at it on paper, wins and losses, Danny Jacobs is the best fighter who I ever fought,” Sulecki said. “But we’re gonna verify who is on the 28th.”
HBO will broadcast Jacobs-Sulecki as the main event of a “World Championship Boxing” doubleheader Saturday night from Barclays Center. Brooklyn’s Jarrell Miller (20-0-1, 18 KOs) will face France’s Johann Duhaupas (37-4, 24 KOs) in a 12-round heavyweight fight to open that telecast (10 p.m. ET).
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.