IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) and WBA World middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs) will be fighting on March 18 next year on HBO pay-per-view. The deal was reached by Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler last Saturday. GGG and “The Miracle Man” Jacobs will be fighting at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Golovkin is really pleased that the fight finally got made. He’s been in steady negotiations with Jacobs’ management for a long time now for three months, and they were able to get this great fight put together. The alternatives could have been disastrous for both Golovkin and Jacobs. The WBA had a purse bid that was going to take place on December 19. If the fight had gone to a bid, it probably wouldn’t have happened.
Jacobs didn’t want to fight for the 75/25 split that he would have forced to fight for if Loeffler had won the bid. Golovkin wouldn’t have been able to fight on Showtime if Jacobs’ manager Al Haymon won the bid. That’s where Haymon would almost surely put the fight, because Jacobs fights on Showtime and Premier Boxing Champions.
“It’s big news for me,” said Golovkin to Fight News. “I am very excited. I think it’s a very big fight and a great fight for you guys to watch. Danny is an amazing fighter. He is a tough opponent. Hopefully I fight three times next year. There are big plans for 2017. Right now, I am focused on Jacobs and I am here to fight.”
There’s a lot of risk for Golovkin in taking on a guy with the size, speed and power or Jacobs. The American fighter is bigger, stronger and faster than Golovkin. The 29-year-old Jacobs is also five years younger than the 34-year-old Golovkin. We saw in Golovkin’s last fight against Kell Brook that he’s not exactly the hardest guy to hit, and his hand speed is not blazing fast. Brook was faster than Golovkin all night long. The only difference was the power and size advantage that Triple G had against Brook. GGG won’t have those advantages against Jacobs though, because he’s bigger than him.
The results of the Golovkin vs. Jacobs fight could have huge ramifications in boxing for 2017. The winner of the fight will be involved in a big mega-fight against Mexican star Saul Canelo Alvarez in 2017. The loser will need to rebuild their careers and that could take some time.