It is a tough fact that the boxing spotlight is ultimately very small. Room is limited. As such, many deserving fighters go underappreciated.
Daniel Jacobs is one of those fighters. The Brooklyn native is an ultra-talented fighter with an inspirational story. This is a guy who came back from cancer to resume an elite boxing career. He climbed off from the canvas against Gennady Golovkin to give the middleweight champion all he could handle.
I actually thought Jacobs deserved to win against Golovkin. I am not crying robbery here. GGG is the bigger star and recorded a knockdown in Round 4. It was a very close fight the entire way and the scorecards were 114-113 once (a draw on rounds) and 115-112 twice. Everybody saw a very close, competitive fight.
A large percentage of observers see Gennady Golovkin as the top pound-for-pound fighter on the planet. Everybody has him in the top three. So if Jacobs fought him on very even terms, what does that say about Jacobs?
Yet Jacobs is rarely discussed by anybody but the diehards.
Jacobs returns to action this weekend in his native Brooklyn when he faces undefeated Maciej Sulecki of Poland. This is not the kind of high-profile opponent I would want to see Jacobs fight. But I do not think there is a long line of people anxious to face Jacobs at this point, either, and he needs to stay busy.
Sulecki may be largely unknown in the United States, but he’s a credible contender with quality wins. He defeated Yuriy Nuzhnenko in 2012. He stopped Grzegorz Proksa in 2014 and Hugo Centeno in June 2016. He recorded the best win of his career in his previous fight, a unanimous decision over Jack Culcay last October.
So Sulecki has done enough to deserve this kind of opportunity. He will get to test himself against one of the best in the world when he faced Jacobs Saturday night.