IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) says he’s never been hurt before during his career in any of his fights, which is bad news for his March 18th opponent WBA World middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs). Golvokin claims that his ability to keep from being hurt is based on his genetics, and what he got from his parents.
Golovkin has never been knocked down before in his 11-year pro career, but he has been hit a lot and marked up in some of his fights. In Golovkin’s match against Kassim Ouma six years ago, he was badly bruised around the face in that fight before scoring a knockout in the 10th. It was a costly loss for Ouma, as his career was never the same after the defeat. He took a lot of heavy shots from Golovkin before the fight was eventually halted.
“No, I never been hurt,” said Golovkin. “It’s my genetics. Thank you, God. Thank my parents,” said Golovkin via Fighthype.com.
Assuming that Jacobs is unable to hurt Golovkin or drop him in their fight on March 18, it’s going to put the New York fighter in a terrible predicament. It means that Jacobs is going to need to be able to count on chin to take Golovkin’s massive shots for 12 rounds in order to try and win a decision. Can Jacobs do that? It’s going to be difficult for him.
Even if Jacobs wins a lot of the rounds with his boxing, he’s going to get hit with a lot of heavy punches from Golovkin that could have a wearing effect on him as the rounds go by. As we saw in Golovkin’s last fight against Kell Brook, he increases the tempo of his fights if he feels things aren’t going well for him. If Jacobs wins some rounds, he’s going to find that Golovkin is going to put increasingly more pressure on him to brawl. The boxing stuff will need to go out the window for Jacobs if he’s trapped into that kind of a fight.
It’s a given that Jacobs won’t be able to run from Golovkin for 12 rounds to keep from getting forced into a war. The only thing we don’t know is if Jacobs is going to try and clinch and maul for 12 rounds to win a decision that way. Jacobs said recently that he was inspired by the way Andre Ward fought against Sergey Kovalev on November 19. Jacobs is even moving his camp to Oakland, California so that his training camp be overseen by Ward’s trainer Virgil Hunter.
That could mean that Jacobs is going to try and smother Golovkin’s offense by holding all night long to try and tire him out instead of fighting him. I don’t know if that approach is going to work for Jacobs, but the signs are there that he’s going to be using that as his Plan-A for the fight instead of his usual slugging style.