Tickets are already on sale for the big middleweight fight between IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs on March 18 at Madison Square Garden in New York. This is a fight to determine who will be moving forward to get the biggest money match available against Saul Canelo Alvarez in 2017.
Canelo’s promoters at Golden Boy Promotions have already tentatively set aside September 2017 for the Canelo-Golovkin fight, but that easily chance to Canelo-Jacobs if the Al Haymon managed American beats GGG on March 18. With the fight being seen as a 50-50 one in the eyes of some boxing writers, it’s possible that we could see Jacobs march ahead to a fight against Canelo. Jacobs hasn’t made the big money that would set himself up for life. A win over Golovkin could lead Jacobs to the biggest money fight in boxing.
Jacobs has all the ingredients to beat Golovkin. He’s blessed with size, speed, power, athletic ability and amateur experience. The one thing Jacobs is short on is experience at the pro level against top level opposition. Jacobs has fought Sergio Mora twice in title milking fights, and Peter Quillin.
Haymon did Jacobs no favors by matching him against Mora two times. That was a fight that totally unnecessary. Mora didn’t deserve a title shot with the little that he’s done since losing his WBA 154lb title against Vernon Forrest in 2008. It was a silly waste of time for Jacobs to take the fight, but then again, he’s not the one that makes his fights. Haymon does that.
Here are the qualities that will determine the winner of the Golovkin vs. Jacobs fight:
– Boxing skills – The 29-year-old Jacobs has great skills. He does everything every well. He might not be the best in any one department, but he’s just good at a lot of difference things. I give Jacobs the edge over Golovkin in the skills department.
– Speed – Jacobs is faster than Golovkin. There’s no doubt about it that Jacobs is the much faster fighter in terms of hand and foot speed.
– Chin – Golovkin has the better chin of the two. Jacobs has fallen apart in fights against Dmitry Pirog, and he’s been hurt in some of his other fights.
– Intelligence inside the ring – Golovkin has never been out-boxed by anyone during his career. In fact, Golovkin rarely loses rounds at all due to his incredible boxing pedigree. Jacobs is a very good fighter, but he’s not shown the same ability to dominate like Golovkin.
– Size – The 6’0” Jacobs is taller and has a longer reach than Golovkin.
– Durability – Golovkin is the more durable of the two. He’s someone that can take a lot of punishment and keep coming forward to land his big power shots.
– Stamina – This area is pretty even. Both guys have good stamina. Golovkin looks tired when his fights get in the later rounds, but he still keeps attacking.
I believe that Jacobs will not be able to make it to the later portion of the fight. I think Golovkin is going to get to Jacobs’ chin early on, and take him out with some big power shots to get the knockouts. The fact is Golovkin is going to be trying to get a knockout, and that’s going to make things difficult for Jacobs, because he does not handle pressure well.
Like always, Jacobs will have a puncher’s chance of beating Triple G. Jacobs has got the power, boxing ability and the ring IQ to get the results he wants, but I see him coming up short on March 18.