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Danny Jacobs Needs A Foe…Spike O’Sullivan? Andy Lee? Who’s Next?

Danny Jacobs, one to watch for potentially having a breakout, breakthrough 2018, will likely glove up next April 28, once again in New York.

The Brooklyner downed Luis Arias at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island Nov. 11, and his foe for the next tango is sill up in the air, according to advisor Keith Connolly.

Connolly was at the famed and fabled Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, at the media workout session which included his client Marcus Browne, who scraps Saturday at Barclays Center against Francy Ntetu in a light heavyweight faceoff.

“We are looking to secure an opponent right now,” he said. “There’s a couple different guys on the table, it’s just a matter of locking someone in right now. We’re hoping to have something locked in within the next week. We’re hoping to have a press conference very soon. Spike O’Sullivan (from Ireland) is one of the guys in the mix. I know promoter Eddie Hearn’s talking to Golden Boy, we’ll see how that goes. I hope to know in the next few days who Danny’s gonna be fighting. Could be Spike, could be somebody else, but if it is Spike, I think that’s a fan-friendly fight, because Spike comes to fight.”

Andy Lee has also been mentioned as being in the mix. Another Irishman…

Connolly said Lee has been so inactive the last couple years, but yes,  he could be in the mix…but he isnt even sure if Lee is in shape. “I’m hoping to clear everything up in the next week.”

And if that May rematch sequel gets signed and sealed and delivered this summer, for a GGG v Canelo re-do, is Jacobs poised to get one of those guys after that? “The main reason we went to HBO was to get the big fights, and the majority of the big middleweight fights are on HBO. We put our trust in Peter Nelson and HBO to get things in order, to get the fights we want. We’ll be in Vegas ringside May 5 watching the fight and we’d love to take on the winner. If the winner’s not available, we’ll take whoever loses the fight. Because if it’s anything like the first fight, there really was no loser. So we’ll take either one of those guys the end of the year.”

And what of Browne? He is favored to beat Ntetu in Brooklyn. If that plays out as so, what next?  “Could be one more step-up fight, but there’s a very good chance he’ll go straight to a title after this,” Connolly continued.  “Possibly against (IBF 175 champ)  Artur Beterbiev, if not Sergey Kovalev would be a good fight, we’ll see what’s available at that time.” Connolly said a back and forth tussle with Hot Rod Kalajdzic catalyzed the Staten Island hitter, got him to understand the depth of the sacrifice he needed to make, the caliber of the work he needed to put in to get to the place he seeks to be. 2018, we will all see that result and Connolly thinks Browne finishes the year as a star in the sphere.

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