Daniel Jacobs has bypassed the IBF’s same-day weigh-ins rules, making him ineligible to win one of Gennady Golovkin’s titles.
Daniel Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs) will have one less belt he can win from Gennady Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. GGG holds the WBC, WBA, and IBF middleweight titles (as well as the IBO, which is really minor), but Jacobs is no longer eligible to take the IBF one.
As is the annoyance when dealing with boxing’s sanctioning bodies, there are different rules to adhere to for things such as weight cutting. For instance, the WBC has 30-day weigh-ins, where fighters cannot be 10% above the contracted weight, followed by the 7-day weigh-ins, where that number is reduced to 5%. That process went off without a hitch for both men, with GGG weighing in at 159.6 lbs on Friday, while Jacobs came in at 159.8.
It was a different story on Saturday. While Golovkin weighed 169.6 pounds this morning as part of the IBF same-day rules, Jacobs skipped it altogether. ESPN’s Dan Rafael explains:
“Golovkin is defending his IBF title, however Jacobs cannot acquire the title with a victory because he did not participate in the required IBF same-day weigh-in,” IBF championships chairman Lindsey Tucker said.
Unlike the other sanctioning organizations, the IBF requires fighters participating in title fights to participate in a weight check the morning of the fight at which they cannot be more than 10 pounds heavier than the weight limit of the fight. The other organizations have no weight limit following the official athletic commission weigh-in the day before the bout.
On the plus side for Jacobs, who can still win GGG’s other titles, he’s spared paying the IBF sanctioning fee. For what it’s worth, Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler doesn’t seem too bothered by this news, simply saying, “Gennady is very excited to defend all of his titles against Daniel Jacobs in this matchup of the two best middleweights in the world.”
Bloody Elbow will have live, round-by-round commentary of Gennady Golovkin vs. Daniel Jacobs, which airs tonight (Saturday, March 18th) on HBO pay-per-view at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT. Our comprehensive coverage can also be viewed through our StoryStream.