"Golovkin is defending his IBF title, however, Jacobs can not 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. Indeed, in taking on WBA "regular" titlist and cancer survivor Daniel Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs), Golovkin has once again affirmed his desire to seek out the most unsafe competition willing to face him. To find out how Danny Jacobs might beat Golovkin, I reached out to Caleb Truax, a friend of mine and middleweight contender who went 12 rounds with Danny Jacobs for the WBA world title in 2015.
Daniel Jacobs: "I don't know if Golovkin is over-hyped but he's being promoted as this fearsome guy and I don't believe that to be the case because I don't fear him. And when he starts hitting you, he doesn't have to hit you very much to end the fight". However, he's unequivocally one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world, and his frightening power is only surpassed by his technical virtuosity. Some would say it could take a miracle to take down Golovkin. Golovkin, though, is a generational champion.
The Irishman - who will be accompanied to the ring by UFC star Conor McGregor - takes on Tim Ibarra at the Garden, 24 hours before Golovkin and Jacobs collide.
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On Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, a suitably grand and historic setting for what promises to be the most strenuous examination of Golovkin's credentials, Jacobs will have the advantage of home support, atomic power in both hands and a back story that will no doubt tempt otherwise measured opinion-makers to lean dewy-eyed in his favour. You'll have to give Golovkin respect for taking Jacobs' flurry and surviving, but that doesn't mean he's going to win the fight. I don't think you can get on your back foot with Triple G, because he will cut off the ring, and he's so good at cutting off the ring while putting his opponents in bad positions, and he's going to hit you.
Remember, MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE coverage of "Golovkin vs. Jacobs" later this evening, starting with HBO'sPPV broadcast at 9 p.m. The last time Jacobs went the distance was in 2009. Despite him not fighting a fight yet, he appears to have the charisma that would make him a fan favorite. Golovkin needs a victory to advance to a potential mega-fight in September against Canelo Alvarez.
"GGG will have to get Jacobs to stand still and fight with him more often than box", Forbes said. Jacobs, 30, is a legitimate middleweight and has considerable knockout power. Since his return to health, Jacobs has been on an unstoppable tear looking better and better with each performance.