In what is a very important fight in terms of the middleweight title picture following Canelo Alvarez’s six-month suspension, Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (33-2, 29 KOs) is set to take on Maciej “Striczu” Sulecki (26-0, 10 KOs) in a 12-round bout inside the Barclays Center on Saturday night.
The main television card, which airs on HBO at 10 p.m. ET/PT, will precede Jacobs vs. Sulecki with a heavyweight battle between Jarell “Big Baby” Miller (20-0-1, 18 KOs) and Johann “Reptile” Duhaupas (37-4, 24 KOs).
Fortunately, even if you don’t have cable, you can still watch the fights live on your computer, phone, or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
Amazon Prime: If you have Amazon Prime or want to start a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime, you can watch live HBO through Amazon Channels. The HBO channel, which costs $14.99 per month, also comes with a free trial.
Once signed up for both Prime and the HBO channel, you can watch the fights live on your computer via the Amazon website (scroll down to the “Watch Live” row), or you can watch on your phone, tablet or other streaming device via the Amazon Video app, which is free to download on Apple TV, Roku, Android phones and tablets, iPads and iPhones, Fire tablets, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Smart TV’s and more. You can also watch directly on an Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV stick without having to download the app.
DirecTV Now: HBO is a $5 per month add-on that can be added to any of DirecTV Now’s four channel packages. You can add it to your existing DirecTV Now account, or if you’re a new subscriber, you can sign up for a free 7-day trial of any base package plus HBO. Additionally, new subscribers can get $25 off their first three months with promo code “YESNOW3”, so if you sign up for the “Live a Little” package and HBO, you would get 60-plus channels, including HBO, for just $15 per month for the first three months.
Once signed up, you can watch the fight live on your computer via the DirecTV Now website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the DirecTV Now app. Additionally, you can also use your DirecTV Now credentials to sign in and watch via HBO Go.
Hulu: From now through the end of June, Hulu is offering a special deal that allows you to add HBO to “Hulu With Live TV” for just $4.99 per month. Once signed up, you can then watch the fight live or on-demand on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.
Though there is no title on the line during Saturday night’s main event, there is still plenty at stake. For Jacobs, that could be a rematch with IBO and IBF middleweight champ and megastar Gennady Golovkin. The possibility of such a fight seemed unlikely with Triple-G set to take on Saul Alvarez for a second time on May 5, but after Canelo’s failed drug test and subsequent suspension, Golovkin was paired with Vanes Martirosyan, who is taking the fight on short notice and will be a big underdog against the bruising Kazakh.
Should Jacobs win on Saturday night, and should Triple-G take care of Martirosyan on May 5, it’s easy to see them lining up for a rematch after their first fight on March 18, 2017, resulted in back-and-forth battle and a narrow unanimous decision victory (114-113, 115-112, 115-112) for Triple-G.
Of course, can’t afford to look past Sulecki quite yet. The Poland native stands at 26-0 with 10 knockouts, most recently taking down Jack Culcay via unanimous decision in October. He’s yet to face anyone near the quality of Jacobs, and the odds have him as the clear underdog, but he’s still nevertheless a tough opponent who has yet to taste defeat.
In the co-main event, the winner between Jarrell Miller and Johann Duhaupas could potentially get a world title shot later this year. Miller, who has won his last 16 fights and stopped his last nine opponents early, is the favorite to do so.