While the Gennady “GGG” Golovkin-Saul “Canelo” Alvarez rematch cancellation was a disappointment, especially here in Vegas, GGG will still fight May 5 vs. Vanes Martirosyan on regular HBO on May 5 from Carson, Calif. The good news for fight fans is there are some marquee names on the horizon.
Speaking of GGG, the man closest to beating Golovkin – Daniel Jacobs – makes his return to the ring this Saturday on HBO vs. Maciej Sulecki. Currently there is no line in Vegas, but the average number I see sits as Jacobs as a -1500 favorite with Sulecki getting back +1000. Clearly this is a tune-up fight to get Jacobs back into the mix at middleweight. This is his first fight in his multi-fight deal with HBO, likely setting him up for a rematch with GGG or showdown with Canelo after a winner is determined later this year.
Jacobs (32-2, 29KOs) lost a razor thin decision to GGG, is a very talented boxer-puncher and would be a small live dog against the winner of the big rematch. Sulecki (26-0, 10KOs) has that great record promoters love to throw on billboards and fight posters but he’s not on Jacobs’ level as shown by the betting line.
Still, for those not familiar with Jacobs, this would be a good time to take a look and get acquainted with a talented guy that might have the tools to come out on top in the middleweight division. Also on the card, Heavyweight prospect Jarrell Miller (20-0-1, 18KOs) battles Johann Duhaupas (37-4, 24KOs).
For those without HBO, ESPN is back on the air showcasing another up and coming champion as WBO Junior Featherweight Champion Jessie Magdaleno takes on Isaac Dogboe from Philadelphia.
Magdaleno, born and bred in Las Vegas, has a perfect 25-0 record along with 18 KOs; wasn’t able to locate a betting line at press time. Dogboe is rated No. 7 by Ring Magazine in the Junior Featherweight division and should be able to hang for awhile. However, Magdaleno looks to be a next level type fighter as shown from his easy decision win over Nonito Donaire and last fight destruction of Adeilson Dos Santos.
Regardless, check out this kid for free on ESPN, he’s gonna make noise in the next couple of years.