WBA ‘regular’ middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs says he’s going to come in and shock the world on March 18 by beating undefeated IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) to take his straps from him in their fight at Madison Square Garden in New York. Jacobs and Golovkin will be fighting on HBO PPV in this fight.
Jacobs, 29, is already the underdog in the fight, but he’s got a REAL chance to win this fight. I’m hoping that Golovkin’s fans don’t start trying their eyes out if Jacobs wins on March 18, because I’ll be here to say ‘I told you so.’ I’m telling you, Golovkin is a knockout waiting to happen. He’s slow, hittable, and he’s never beaten anyone good. In other words, GGG is overrated. I’m just saying.
Jacobs says he sees flaws in Golovkin’s game that he’s going to expose to the light. The only flaw that Jacobs is willing to reveal right now is Triple G’s lack of head movement. That’s one that is well-known in the boxing world. GGG never learned how to move his head despite having fought in the 2004 Olympics and done well in the amateur and pro ranks.
“Coming live from Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn New York. Got some big news,” Jacobs said on his Instagram. “It’s going down. Me vs. GGG, Madison Square Garden, March 18. It’s finally here. Sorry for the wait. Just had to straighten a couple things out. But it’s finally here. I’m excited. I’m ready to shock the world. BK — let’s do it.”
Wow, that sounds like a very confident Daniel Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs). As far as I’m concerned, I can see where Jacobs gets his confidence. Golovkin is as slow as molasses with his hand speed, he’s so utterly hittable. GGG comes forward at a crouch and is always squared up and open to getting hit.
If Jacobs hits him with anything remotely powerful, he could go down for the count. We saw what Jacobs did to Peter Quillin recently in knocking him out in the 1st round a year ago, and Quillin is a lot faster than Golovkin. That knockout by Jacobs was just as much about and hand speed than it was about his crushing punching power. Jacobs hit Quillin with a shot he didn’t see coming. He then flurried on him until he was out of there.
I don’t know why the boxing world would even call a win by Jacobs a big shocking upset, because this is pretty much an even fight in my book.
Golovkin did not dominate in his last fight against welterweight Kell Brook. That wasn’t just a case of Golovkin trying to impress by getting a fast knockout. It was situation where he was fighting a guy with better boxing skills than him. Brook had the better skills than Golovkin. What he didn’t have was the greater punching power and size. That’s ultimately what led Golovkin to victory in that fight. That and an eye injury Brook suffered.