Richard Drew/Associated Press
March 16, 2017
Someone check the foundation of Madison Square Garden. On Saturday, the famous arena will play host to a boxing match between two of the most thunderous punchers in boxing, when the undefeated Gennady Golovkin takes on Daniel Jacobs in a middleweight title bout that’s sure to see some blows reverberate throughout the venue.
Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) will be putting the IBF, WBC, IBO world titles on the line, plus his status as the WBA “super world” champion, when he steps into the squared circle this weekend. Jacobs, who came into the fight with the WBA world belt, has a chance to grab hold of superstar status if he can upset Triple G.
Golovkin has knocked out 23 straight opponents, becoming a fan favorite for his unassuming demeanor outside the ring and his near-mythical power inside it. Jacobs is no slouch himself, having stopped his last 15 opponents.
Here’s the viewing info for the bout.
Gennady Golovkin vs. Daniel Jacobs Fight Info
When: Saturday, March 18, at 9 p.m. ET
Where: Madison Square Garden in New York City
Live Stream: RingTV.com (pay-per-view)
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Jacobs might have a hometown advantage of sorts fighting in New York City, but Golovkin’s reputation precedes him at this point and his awesome power draws converts wherever he goes. Whether it’s crushing Martin Murray in Monte Carlo or pulverizing Dominic Wade at his adopted home of Los Angeles, the Kazakh fighter’s abilities translate without any issue.
As of Thursday, Golovkin is a 1-8 favorite over Jacobs, per OddsShark. Jacobs will serve as Golovkin’s toughest bout yet, as he is a true middleweight with his own fantastic power and skill.
Then-undefeated Kell Brook managed to give Golovkin a good showing for a few rounds in their fight in September 2016, but his admirable attempt to move up from welterweight and take on the most fearsome puncher in the sport ended in the fifth round with a broken eye socket for a souvenir.
Jacobs stands to last longer than Brook provided he fights intelligently. Golovkin has been known to walk through punches at times on his way to devastating an opponent, but he might not be able to go on the warpath straightaway against Jacobs.
The 30-year-old Brooklynite is capable of some powerful pugilism, having taken out Sergio Mora inside of seven rounds on either side of a first-round TKO of Peter Quillin for his latest feats of strength and prowess. He also sports a longer reach than Golovkin, which could serve him well early on.
Jacobs is also well known for beating cancer on the way to becoming a top-shelf boxer, and he feels that fighting and beating Golovkin is his “destiny,” per the Los Angeles Times‘ Lance Pugmire, the fight that he is meant to win after already overcoming so much.
“This is the pinnacle of the story,” Jacobs said, per Pugmire. “I believe deep down in my heart that the Creator wouldn’t allow me to come this far and not allow me to be victorious.”
Golovkin may not see this fight as destiny, but it is yet another obstacle to clear so that he can lock down the fight that he (and essentially the entire boxing world) wants: a bout with Canelo Alvarez.
“I’ve spoken with him [Alvarez] for two years, and I think maybe he’s ready now for a fight this year, maybe in September. Hopefully,” Golovkin said, per SkySports.com’s Michael Cantillon.
Golovkin is, of course, focused on Jacobs, who has as good a chance as anyone of upsetting him, but he is clamoring for a historic fight against Alvarez.
Boxing fans have been waiting for that fight for some time now, but Golovkin-Jacobs should do plenty fine in the interim. It promises to be a tough battle, though either fighter has the power to end it at any time. That underlying tension should make for an excellent spectacle no matter how long it lasts.