Get a full preview and prediction here for this weekend’s Golovkin vs. Jacobs main event on PPV.
On Saturday night, HBO returns to PPV for the latest from GGG as Gennady Golovkin (36-0; 33 KO) faces Daniel Jacobs (32-1; 29 KO). This is a 160 pound Middleweight world title fight for a small pile of belts. Ring Magazine still recognizes Canelo as the true Middleweight champion, but they see this as a battle between the #1 and #2 contenders; they also have Golovkin at #4 on their pound for pound list. HBO Boxing Golovkin vs. Jacobs airs live this Saturday, March 18 on PPV with a fight time of 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT. The four fight broadcast card also features pound for pound king Roman Gonzalez and Carlos Cuadras among others.
How do these two stack up?
Golovkin: 34 years old | 5’10” | 70″ reach | orthodox stance
Jacobs: 28 years old | 6’0″ | 73″ reach | orthodox stance
What have these two done recently?
Golovkin: W – Kell Brook (TKO) | W – Dominic Wade (KO) | W – David Lemieux (TKO)
Jacobs: W – Sergio Mora (TKO) | W – Peter Quillin (TKO) | W – Sergio Mora (TKO)
How did these two get here?
Gennady Golovkin had an interesting 2016. Much of that year for him was dominated by the failed (so far) attempts to set up a fight with Canelo Alvarez – a fight that Canelo said he will take, but has seemingly done everything in his power to avoid. With Canelo out, Golovkin first massacred a mandatory challenger in Dominic Wade, then took on the unlikely Kell Brook, stepping up in weight to challenge GGG. That fight was most definitely not Golovkin’s best as he looked less technical and more like an unrefined headhunter. It worked, but it did not show the skills that have made him a top 5 pound for pound fighter. This is his first fight since, and it will be a very telling one for his future.
Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs comes by his nickname honestly. In 2011, he faced a battle with a rare form of bone cancer which looked to end his career. Instead, he made a full recovery, returning to the ring in 2012 and going a perfect 10-0 since with none of those fights seeing the final bell. In boxing, a story like that is often enough to get you a big money fight, but Jacobs has earned the fight with his great performances. He’s a power puncher, but more technical than someone like David Lemieux, the last power puncher GGG faced. Jacobs most definitely has his work cut out for him here, but he’s a legitimate threat that should make for some tense moments.
What can fans expect?
Given both the power and the technical skill of Jacobs, Golovkin is going to have to come into this fight minding his business carefully. If he fights sloppy like he did against Brook, chances of a Jacobs power shot landing are high – and Jacobs is the kind of fighter where one power shot turns the fight around. But GGG is a smart fighter, and Abel Sanchez is a smart trainer. They didn’t respect the power of the smaller Brook, and as the fight revealed, they didn’t have to. I don’t see him making the same mistake here. I expect to see Golovkin approach this fight much as he did against Lemieux – cautious and technical at first, slowly heating up the pressure as he goes in search of the later stoppage. But Jacobs won’t give him the openings Lemieux did, and when you combine that with Golovkin looking maybe just a tiny bit past his absolute peak… I don’t think that’s enough for a Jacobs win, but I do think it’s enough to snap the KO streak and force Golovkin to deal with the scorecards for the first time in 9 years.
Prediction: Golovkin, UD
Who should watch?
Fans who love the tension of that anticipated KO. Both these guys can make a fight change on a dime, and that makes for a very exciting atmosphere.