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Fight Picks: Gennady Golovkin vs. Daniel Jacobs

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Mar

Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs will square off Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City for the IBF/WBA/WBC middleweight titles. The eagerly anticipated encounter will be available on HBO Pay-Per-View 9 p.m. ET/PT and on BoxNation in the U.K. at 2 a.m.

It looks like an intriguing match-up of two heavy-handed boxer-punchers and is expected to be exciting and not go the distance.

Golovkin (36-0, 33 knockouts) is the longest reigning titlist currently in boxing and has made 17 title defenses, second only in middleweight history to Bernard Hopkins’ mark of 20. During that stretch, Golovkin has become the most feared fighter on the planet, stopping his last 23 opponents inside the distance.

The soon-to-be 35-year-old looked less than his usual best, last time out, before beating blown-up welterweight titlist Kell Brook. Some believe that is a sign of him slipping; others believe he was merely trying to entice other big names to face him. We’ll have a better idea of which on Saturday.

Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs) enters as the challenger and the man most feel is the best fighter Golovkin has faced so far. Jacobs, now 30, is a 10-year veteran who, mid-career, had to take time out to recuperate from cancer. He has rebounded better than anyone could have ever hoped. He worked his way back into contention and has put a stoppage loss to Dmitry Pirog behind him to look better than ever.

“The Miracle Man” is one fight removed from an outstanding first round KO over Peter Quillin for local bragging rights. Jacobs has looked fallible; as well as the Pirog reverse, he was dropped by light-punching Sergio Mora. He did, however, look much better in their rematch.

HBO’s “24/7: Golovkin/Jacobs”:

 

 

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Online gambling group bet365.com lists Golovkin as a 1/7 (-700) favorite while Jacobs is priced at 5/1 (+500).

Golovkin is a sizable favorite in the eyes of the bookmakers and many others. Junior middleweight contender Demetrius Andrade – who hopes to be in attendance – believes it’s a 50/50 fight.

“I think it’s going to be a great fight for boxing,” said Andrade. “I think Danny Jacobs can use his reach and jab to try to keep his distance and it could go the distance.

“For GGG, he’s got to work on getting to get on the inside and throw them power shots to the body and the head. But definitely a 50/50 fight.”

RingTV.com polled 22 boxing insiders for their picks:

 

Eric Bottjer, Roc Nation Sports Matchmaker
Gennady Golovkin in 9 Daniel Jacobs: I think Jacobs will put up a good fight. I think he’s improved but he’s not in Golovkin’s league. Golovkin’s major weakness, at this point, is boredom and overconfidence. I don’t think this challenge bores him but he may be a tad overconfident, as I’m sure he doesn’t see anything in Jacobs that worries him. It’s a shame Pirog never fought again after knocking out Jacobs (which was not a fluke). (Editor’s note: Pirog actually fought three more times over the following two years after stopping Jacobs). He looked like a young Monzon. He and Golovkin would have been a classic.

Lucian Bute, former super middleweight titlist, who faced Golovkin as an amateur
Gennady Golovkin UD 12 Daniel Jacobs: Jacobs will have some moments but not enough. Jacobs will be knocked down early but will recover and survive to lose a decision, final score 117-111.

Robert Diaz, Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker
Gennady Golovkin TKO 9 Daniel Jacobs: Very good fight, exciting and fun. This is, by far, the best opponent GGG has now faced. In Jacobs, he faces a fighter that doesn’t fear him and that has the pedigree and, most importantly, is coming to win. GGG hasn’t really faced this combination before. Jacobs can box, has the speed, the jab and the power to make this difficult. Danny must be careful the early rounds and try to take the fight to the later rounds. Regardless if he wins, loses or draws, Danny Jacobs is – and will always be – a champion. With all that said, I see GGG breaking him down with a strong body attack and the corner stopping it in the late rounds. GGG TKO 9.

Alantez Fox, middleweight contender
Gennady Golovkin KO Daniel Jacobs: I think if Danny Jacobs boxes smart, he can beat Triple G but if he bangs with Triple G, he may get knocked out. I don’t know that Triple G had been as tested as people may think. I believe that Kell Brook fight showed us some flaws in G’s game. If I were to be betting, though, I think I would bet on GGG because Danny Jacobs has been knocked out before and Triple G is powerful enough to hurt just about anybody; I believe. I think it might be a stoppage if Triple G wins. I don’t think he knows any other way.

Norm Frauenheim, The Ring/www.15rounds.com
Gennady Golovkin TKO 7 Daniel Jacobs: Daniel Jacobs is about an inch-and-a-half taller. His reach is three inches longer. He’s at home. He has advantages but they won’t hide a vulnerable chin against Golovkin’s persistence and power. After GGG looked vulnerable for a couple of rounds against Kell Brook, and with his 35th birthday less than a month away on April 8, there’s talk that GGG is a step beyond his prime. Don’t believe it. Yeah, he’s hittable but he has great balance and his chin withstands the kind of power that figures to finish Jacobs.

Jeffrey Freeman, KO Digest/TheSweetScience.com
Gennady Golovkin KO 3 Danny Jacobs: Do you believe in miracles? As a diehard New England Patriots fan, I do but not when that divine intervention involves Gennady Golovkin’s doomed opponents. It will take a truly special operator to diffuse the bomb that is Golovkin. Brooklyn’s Danny Jacobs can deliver a hard punch much better than he can take one. That will be a problem against Triple G, a fighter known for both his granite chin and rock-hard fists. For as long as Jacobs can stay on his feet and chuck leather at Golovkin’s chops, this one should be fun to watch. In the end, GGG cuts off and corners Jacobs, ultimately knocking him out in the third round.

Sean Gibbons, Zanfer matchmaker
Gennady Golovkin KO Daniel Jacobs: I see the GGG-Jacobs as two different fights. I love Danny early in the fight. He is a big 160-pounder and can box and punch. He is in tremendous shape. As the fight progresses, I think that favors GGG, so I see GGG with a late-round stoppage.

Tom Gray, RingTV.com
Gennady Golovkin KO 7 Daniel Jacobs: I give Jacobs more of a chance of taking down Golovkin than any opponent the fierce Kazakh has faced. The challenger is a fast starter. He has terrific hand speed; he carries power in both fists and he’s very accurate. Let’s face it, Golovkin is findable but I just get the impression that no 160-pound fighter can knock him out. With that in mind, as well as Jacob’s capitulation at the hands of Dmitry Pirog all those years ago, I have to back the champion to retain his titles via brutal knockout.

Lee Groves, RingTV.com
Gennady Golovkin KO 8 Daniel Jacobs: While it is true that Jacobs is arguably the most dangerous opponent of his long middleweight reign, GGG is also the most formidable foe Jacobs has faced. Four factors will separate Golovkin from Jacobs. First, Golovkin is capable of producing high volume consistently while Jacobs has been hot-and-cold with his output. Second, versatility kills. Golovkin showed against David Lemieux that he can box well against a fellow KO artist and may try it again against the “Miracle Man.” Third, GGG has fought away from home his entire career and the Kell Brook fight in England showed he can operate just fine in a massively hostile environment. Finally – and perhaps most importantly – Golovkin owns the better chin. Jacobs was knocked out against Pirog and thus can be knocked out again. Because of the KO threat on both sides, this should be riveting, for as long as it lasts, but GGG’s experience, two-fisted power, knowledge and all-around game will negate the enormous home-ring advantage Jacobs will enjoy at Madison Square Garden.

Gary Lockett, boxing trainer
Gennady Golovkin KO within 8 Daniel Jacobs: I’d love to see Jacobs win, seems like a real nice fella, but unfortunately I don’t think it will happen. If he catches Golovkin, he can certainly hurt him but I think he lacks the tools that you’d need to beat GGG. Jacobs to fall within eight.

Duke McKenzie, former three-division titlist
Gennady Golovkin PTS 12 Daniel Jacobs: Obviously Golovkin is favorite, and rightly so, given his outstanding record but no one gave Leon Spinks a chance against (Muhammad) Ali or Lloyd Honeyghan a chance against Donald Curry. Could this giant of the ring just maybe take his eyes off the prize? Jacobs is a solid pro, a fair puncher, nice stylist. It will depend how long he can stay focused for. This isn’t a formality that Golovkin will walk through Jacobs. Golovkin isn’t noted for his boxing ability, more his KO percentage. He will need to box more than he usually does to secure a points win.

Sergio Mora, middleweight contender
Gennady Golovkin KO 9 Daniel Jacobs: Jacobs will be in the greatest shape of his life & will come into fight with high confidence. Problem is GGG is comes into every one of his fights feeling that way. I would LOVE to see Jacobs beat GGG but I just can’t see it happening…Jacobs is big after weigh-in, so it’ll go some rounds. He also punches just as hard as GGG but lacks his technique. I choose technique and precise power wins. GGG by KO 9.

Diego M. Morilla, TheSweetScience.com, ThePrizefighters.com
Gennady Golovkin KO 5 Danny Jacobs: I know, time has passed. Things have changed, apples and oranges, my foot. I was at ringside in Las Vegas when a scrawny, largely untested Eastern bloc fighter named Dmitry Pirog demolished Jacobs with frightening ease. Six years have passed and I can only assume that Jacobs has improved both mentally and physically after enduring his toughest fight outside of the ring but it takes a special kind of fighter to stand in front of the human wrecking ball that is GGG. At the end of the day, Jacobs might manage to make him go the extra mile to achieve his goal but the goal will be achieved nonetheless when Golovkin scores another stoppage win.

Marty Mulcahey, UCNLive.com
Gennady Golovkin KO Daniel Jacobs: There are only four boxers whom I consider a lock when they enter the ring against someone their own size. Those are Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Naoya Inoue and Gennady Golovkin. That should tell in what direction I lean but that is not to say Daniel Jacobs is without a chance. Jacobs has the proverbial puncher’s chance, since he carries a big hook in his arsenal and Golovkin has allowed himself to be hit more of late. Jacobs is also the naturally bigger man, with a good three-inch reach benefit but I do not see him being able to use those advantages. For me, Jacobs simply does not have the elusiveness or offensive variance to confuse Golovkin into multiple mistakes. Golovkin will do his usual stalking early, finding range and deflating Jacobs’ spirit with his accuracy and power as the minutes build up. By the fourth round, the rhythm is set and Jacobs keeps backing up until he slows down and runs into big hooks that stop the fight before the ninth round.

John J. Raspanti, Maxboxing.com, Ringside Boxing Show, Doghouseboxing.com
Gennady Golovkin KO 6 Danny Jacobs: Three questions popped into my mind when I pondered this fight. Can the chin of Danny Jacobs hold up the first time Gennady Golovkin connects with one of his power shots? Will Golovkin return to form? Can Jacobs hurt Golovkin? Ever since being knocked out in 2010, Jacobs’ chin has been a question mark. It didn’t help when light-hitting Sergio Mora knocked him to the canvas in 2015. I see Jacobs doing pretty well in the early rounds. Golovkin looked mediocre against Kell Brook in his last fight. He still came out on top but was on the receiving end of number of hard blows. Jacobs punches hard enough to hurt Golovkin but the reigning middleweight champion has a better chin and more power. Golovkin will work the body and stop Jacobs in round six.

Gilberto Ramirez, WBO super middleweight titlist
Gennady Golovkin KO Daniel Jacobs: Golovkin is stronger and has the skills to beat Jacobs. Jacobs doesn’t have the chin to take Golovkin’s punches…GGG by KO.

Cliff Rold, BoxingScene.com
Gennady Golovkin KO Daniel Jacobs: Jacobs has the size, skill, speed and power to make this interesting. If he lands right, we could find out some new things about Golovkin. But it’s not like Golovkin has never seen someone who can hit. His durability has been fine. It’s a question mark with Jacobs. The Pirog loss was years ago; almost getting drilled by Sergio Mora isn’t. As good as Jacobs can box, Golovkin is a deeply skilled fighter with excellent balance, punch placement and power. Eventually, he’s going to either break Jacobs down or simply ice him.

Michael Rosenthal, Editor-in-Chief of THE RING Magazine
Gennady Golovkin KO 9 Daniel Jacobs: This is anything but a gimme for Golovkin, as Jacobs is clearly the toughest challenge Triple-G will have faced (on paper, at least). Jacobs is quick, skillful, as big as Golovkin and experienced. I won’t be shocked if he scores an upset. I just think Golovkin is a better all-around fighter, even though we saw some vulnerability in his fight against the smaller Kell Brook. I think Golovkin will gradually wear Jacobs down and stop him in the late rounds. Golovkin KO 9.

Ryan Songalia: THE RING Magazine, sports editor of Rappler.com
Gennady Golovkin to beat Daniel Jacobs: I’m picking Gennady Golovkin to win, based on his track record and his power, but Danny Jacobs is not someone to overlook. From what I’ve seen in training videos, he’s been getting himself sharp and staying disciplined. If Jacobs can establish a rhythm early with his jab and stay within his envelope, he can cause a lot of trouble for Golovkin. We don’t know when Golovkin’s age will catch up with him and we’ve seen a few fighters have success, while boxing him. Jacobs has top shelf talent. Do not count him out.

Dillian Whyte, heavyweight contender
Gennady Golovkin KO Daniel Jacobs: That’s a good fight. The smart money says Golovkin but the fighter in me says Danny Jacobs. He’s a big middleweight. He can punch. His boxing abilities are not bad. I think these guys are scared of Golovkin. Once he hits them, they shy away but Danny Jacobs is coming from a rough background. I’m inclined to pick Golovkin but there’s a little bit of me that says Danny Jacobs might do it. I think I’ll have to go Golovkin, maybe stoppage in the later rounds. When you have two punchers going into a fight, it’s always dangerous because Golovkin does get hit a lot.

Michael Woods, NYFights.com, RingTV.com, Everlast podcast “TalkBOX”
Gennady Golovkin TKO mid-rounds Daniel Jacobs: Gennady Golovkin just might be on the slope to his athletic downside. He turns 35 on April 8. If that is so, it would be understandable but his possible slippage won’t be so glaring versus Danny Jacobs that the Brooklyn boxer will be able to capitalize to an immense degree. Expect a variation of the same structure in his recent professional performances from GGG; patient stalking, assess then assassinate. Middle-round stoppage for GGG.

Hector Zapari, trainer of Gilberto Ramirez
Gennady Golovkin KO Daniel Jacobs: I believe GGG will beat Jacobs by KO in the middle rounds or finals. GGG is a much stronger fighter and has a powerful punch to KO Jacobs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final tally: 22-0 in favor of Gennady Golovkin to win Saturday’s middleweight showdown against Daniel Jacobs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • PrinceGian

    GGG by stoppage around the 8th. Interesting how the article had to mention Canelo as THE RING champion.

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  • Joey Junger

    I think Canelo’s lineal status should be revoked, since he all-but pulled a Riddick Bowe and threw a belt in a trashcan after leading Golovkin to believe he was ready to fight him. Of course, “Ring” is now property of Golden Boy, which should not necessarily negate their credibility on everything (there’s still some good writing and analysis here), but it should negate their credibility on anything Canelo-rated. He is their cash cow, though. and at the end of the day it is about money.

    I personally think it is going to end by brutal, one-punch knockout, something frightening like Garcia-Zlaticanin or Lemieux-Stevens, with Jacobs unconscious somewhere in the first four rounds or so. I’d take a hedge/prop bet for a small chance that Jacobs did in fact see something in Golovkin-Brook that he plans to exploit and we get an upset of Douglas-Tyson (or at least Fury-Klitschko) proportions. I wouldn’t bet the farm on it, but I’d throw down a sawbuck on a Saturday night.

    • Robert Archambault

      If you can go back in time and change things so that Golovkin has problems with his marriage, splits with his manager and trainer and lives the kind of life Tyson was living and training half assed like Tyson did for that fight, then yes, maybe we could see a Douglas – Tyson level of upset.
      Unfortunately for Jacobs, his family life seems to be going just fine and his relationship with his team is as good if not better than ever and he has been training like a beast. Somehow I doubt that kind of upset is awaiting us. 🙂

      • Joey Junger

        This is an old debate, and not one I’m keen to reopen, but since you mentioned it, let’s get down to it. I think, while he is obviously biased against Mike Tyson, Teddy Atlas’s take on him, that he was never this indestructible Godzilla, is generally accurate. As Rock Newman once said, Tyson was a great four-round fighter, a decent-eight rounder, and a crap distance fighter. He was also psychologically a mess/vulnerable well before he met Robin Givens (Kevin Rooney talks about him constantly weeping and wanting not to fight), and he was certainly more exposed by someone like James Tillis than Golovkin was by Kell Brook. Tyson versus prime Lewis, Holmes (he got a washed-up version) or Bowe (especially Bowe), and maybe even Vitali Klitschko, could have gone either way. If someone wasn’t intimidated by the aura surrounding Tyson, and they were willing to do everything behind the jab, they could fluster the hell out of him.

        And maybe it would be equally accurate to answer your time travel hypothetical by saying that if (God Forbid) Jacobs was galvanized by something like the death of his mother (maybe the cancer survival thing?) and he came in for the fight in the best shape of his life, he could pull off the upset. But Danny is at most a three-to-one underdog, not (as Douglas was) a 48-1 underdog.

        • Robert Archambault

          I do not care what may be ‘galvanizing’ a fighter, the human body is what it is and when it gets hit, the nervous system reacts in nanoseconds. You do not have a chance to use your strength of character or whatever you want to call it because your body has reacted faster than you can control. Look at both Murray and Lemieux folding in two after taking body shots… they could not withstand what happened to them because their bodies did not give them a chance. They took the shot, continued to move away and suddenly their body collapsed. There is nothing that anyone can do to prevent that from happening.
          .
          As far as Tyson is concerned, I am not intending to get into a discussion of his career beyond the circumstances around that one particular fight. That is what I am comparing to GGG’s circumstances and life and there is simply no comparison to be made there.

          • Joey Junger

            You might not care about what’s ‘galvanizing’ (or we can use ‘motivating’ if you take umbrage at the term), but people who I’d wager have spent more time training both amateur and pro fighters than you and I have spent combined on this earth tend to give quite a bit of credence to the mental/spiritual aspects of a fighter’s makeup in deciding how much he can endure and how that might effect fight outcome. We don’t even have to go back to someone like Cus D’Amato. Justin De Loach on PBC the other night said boxing is mostly mental warfare, and that includes physical endurance.

            People have willed themselves to victory and people have mindf*cked themselves to losses before a single punch was thrown. Was the death of Douglas’s mother something that helped spur him to the victory in the Tyson fight (yes Tyson had latex filled with ice instead of an End-Swell, but Douglas was also boxing his head off)? Does the fact that Danny Jacobs survived cancer give him a motivation, a spiritual or psychological boost that may help him (win, lose, or draw) against Golovkin? These are intangibles that I don’t think either you or I can conclusively answer. I’m willing to allow the possibility, however (though I still think Golovkin gets the KO). If you’re not, that’s fine.

            And yes, there are paralyzing, debilitating shots, KO shots, blows that shock organs into thinking they have failed, which will take anyone (including Golovkin) out of a match, but there are also knockdowns and flurries where that intangible “heart” comes into play and most fighters would go down or submit, i.e. Tim Bradley essentially out on his feet returning fire to Ruslan Provodnikov in the early stanzas of their epic fight.

          • Robert Archambault

            Yes, there are times when it will allow a fighter to tough some things out but the kind of body shots that Murray and Lemieux went down from are the kind of shots that no one can resist. Yes, they can get back up off the mat and continue fighting, but it will only be a matter of time. When you get hit like Macklin did and get three broken ribs, I do not care how tough you are, you are done. If you receive a kick to the nerve plexus that Rousey received, you are done. Your body reacts before your mind even knows it has been struck.
            I do not give a damn how much belief Jacobs has in himself, it will make no difference and you will see that for yourself on Saturday night.

  • Mike M.

    God damn only one person picked this fight going past 10 rounds.

  • Chris Stans

    If Jacobs pulls this off, he’s a lock for upset of the year

    • Robert Archambault

      Of the decade.

  • Larry Connor

    And why again should we pay to watch this “on paper” one sided fight??? Not I. I will tune in to the news reports to find out what round Jacobs got knocked out in.

    • left hook

      Exactly my point, everybody knows the result. It’s time we see GGG in a fight we are not certain of the outcome. Middleweight division is too weak.

      • Charlie U.

        Like whom, for example? Give Danny Jacobs some credit. He’s only lost once (years ago), and he’s on a very nice KO streak of his own. He’s the second best MW in the world and he’s earned the right to be here.

        • Rick

          They like to pretend there’s some killers at 168 or something. In reality there’s not a single fighter there that Golovkin wouldn’t be heavily favored against. They just like to tell themselves that if he moved up he’d have to fight Ward even though he hasn’t made 168 in years now.

          • Larry Connor

            Yet when
            Ward tried to get some traction on a fight at 168. All you guys says was, “Ward is retired, Ward should worry about this or that. Ggg wants to unify, why should he fight ward or anyone at 168 etc etc”. Stop it. You guys had no problem with ggg dropping down to 154 for a fight if he chose to, but had a hissy fit when someone suggested ggg go up.

          • Kudos

            Ward tard alert

          • Larry Connor

            It was in response to Ward name being bought up

          • Don Badowski

            He said he would drop to 154 for Mayweather. Larry, can you blame him?
            BTW, were you one of those guys who was insisting that Golovkin was ducking Ward, when Ward was not fighting? Don’t say he was. I know he was fighting with his promoter, and losing badly. I even know he was injured. But I also know he was talking retirement. And still what did I hear from the Golovkin haters? “He duckin’ Ward ’cause he know Ward school him.”
            You know, there’s another brand of fans insisting that Golovkin is ducking Lara at 154. Would you blame him for NOT dropping weight for a nothing fight like Lara?
            There are even some super-Golovkin haters who insisted that Golovkin was ducking Ward at 168 and Lara at 154 at the same time. Make sense to you?

          • Robert Archambault

            Expecting a fighter who weighs 5 pounds over his division limit 30 DAYS before a fight is a little ridiculous, no? Golovkin is the perfect natural middleweight. He walks around at around 172 when not training and naturally loses weight when training for a fight with no extra effort required. It would take more effort for him to gain 8 pounds once training camp is over than to get to 160 today. And there is really no one at 168 that poses any risk to him anyways or provides a well known opponent for a major fight. Pointless.

          • Angel

            G is good but there is some hype to him, him and his team have been caught with some BS. Don’t get me wrong, I think he’s by far the best MW, but that crap about fighting anyone 154 to 168 is some shit, e.g. they talk about him being highly avoided which is true but then started talking about A and B side crap when Ward’s name came up, then said “No catchweight for Canelo” even though he’s said repeatedly he can make 154 easily but it seems he’s only wiling to go there for a tiny Mayweather. Just calling it like I see it bro.

          • Angel

            I’ve sometimes had the sinking suspicion his team are behind some of it becuase when I’ve seen him in video footage talking about the A and B side crap with Ward and the 154 and catchweight stuff he looked somewhat uncomfortable, like he himself is ashamed and can’t believe the crap coming out of his mouth.

          • Rick

            There was never any serious discussion for a Ward fight. Ward was done fighting at 168 by the time he took his little vacation. Dude was bored and started flappin his gums on twitter.

          • Angel

            I really don’t know anything about serious discussions as sometimes that is done in private, but I am going on what I’ve seen come out from both fighters publicly. Ward was saying “Let’s negotiate and fight” and GGG was saying and I paraphrase “I respect him, respect Andre Ward but it’s different situation, I want 50/50 fight, 50/50 weight”, so he wanted 164 pounds to fight Ward when everyone knew Ward would have had to kill himself to make 168. My point is that’s some bullshit right there, he was also red in the face when saying it because I think he knew it was BS and is terrible at hiding it.

          • Robert Archambault

            There were NEVER any serious discussions about a Ward fight other than the one time a fight was offered by HBO and Ward said ne was not interested. The 164 bullshit was started by Fat Fuck Dan Rafael and had never been discussed between the two fighters’ camps. At least try to use actual facts in your comments and not the same shit that has been disproven as ‘alternative facts’ over and over again.

          • Angel

            Go on youtube, there is one video I remember with him on Kellerman’s ESPN show where he mentioned the 164 catch weight. That’s a fact. Look it up. Listen I happen to agree GGG is all that, but I have to call him on his BS when it happens. He could’ve just said “I’ll instruct my people to negotiate” but as I said, before any serious discussions he killed any prospect of it by demanding a catchweight in public.

          • Robert Archambault

            Please, you make the claim, you supply the proof. I call bullshit because I am aware of the circumstances at the time.

          • Angel

            Here you go:

            https://youtu.be/XGPa4IlLsQg?t=321

            At the beginning he also talks about going to 154 for Floyd.

          • Robert Archambault

            No one ever disputed that he would go to 154 for Floyd. That would be GGG dropping to a lower division where Floyd held a title at the time. Nothing at all wrong with that. In fact, that is very respectful unlike Canelo who wanted to defend a lineal 160 title at 155 like a little pussy.
            As for Ward, this is a casual discussion and I do not even believe Ward was fighting at the time this was recorded. It is totally meaningless other than to indicate that if Ward wanted a fight it had to be on completely equal terms. Nothing wrong with that either so I do not understand where you are trying to go with that video.

          • Angel

            keep drinking that kool-aid, I’m done with you.

          • Angel

            If he can safely drop down to 154 like he states again in this video, why not say “Hey canelo, let’s fight at your weight 154 or 155”, if it’s true he can make the weight as easily as he says then he should be able to win that fight as easily as most observer think he would. Make the concessions, beat the guy then you be on top. I’m not saying I like it or it’s how it’s supposed to be, but it’s reality.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kc_H1oh9aUY

          • Robert Archambault

            You want to tell me what division has a 155 limit? Get the Mexican dick out of your ass for a moment.

          • Ten Count Toronto

            Mayweather, and to some degree Pacquiao, are a different conversation. These fights could bring an opponent a purse that;s 3. 4 or even 5 times their previous career high payday. Just about anyone would take that fight if there is any way in hell to get to the required weight, Nobody should have that held against them. nor compare it to other match ups. If you’re in the game to make money o course you want a Mayweather fight if it is humanly possible to pass the weigh in. Same thing in previous era;s with Oscar, Jone’s Jr & Leonard. The same reasoning doesn’t apply to normal fights.

          • left hook

            Who told u ward couldn’t make SMW? stop saying things u not sure off except there is evidence to back it up. Check YouTube u will see an interview with hunter, he said ward was forced to move up to LHW.

          • Rick

            Did I say Ward couldn’t make 168? No, I didn’t. Stop saying things without reading first.

          • left hook

            U said he hadn’t made 168 and u also said he was done at 168…explain what that means. Also explain why u want GGG remaining in division that is weak.

          • Robert Archambault

            You are an idiot and everything that is wrong with boxing today. Golovkin would not fight for a MW TITLE at a catchweight in a division where he already held titles. It is a matter of RESPECT, something you seem to know nothing about. Mayweather was a title holder at 154 which is why GGG was willing to drop to that weight to fight him. And get off the 154-168 kick. That has been explained to death and anyone who still brings it up is a total and complete asshole.

          • Angel

            Wow, was the personal attack called for? btw I am not what’s wrong in Boxing, if you believe that then you deserve what you get.

          • Robert Archambault

            You are what is wrong with boxing because you go around spreading bullshit and false statements as if they were fact. You would fit right in as a spokesman for the White House right now.

          • Angel

            No, I’m just not a blind nut hugger who puts fighters on a pedestal. Come out of GGG’s ass some day and get some sun light.

          • Floridastorm

            Let’s leave the white house out of this conversation, OK You have enough problems in your own country.

          • Robert Archambault

            Really? We have a sex abuser in charge of Canada? A rampaging dickhead sending out ridiculous tweets in the early morning hours with nothing to back them up? We have someone like that up here?

          • Turner Wednesday

            He’s an angry troll. Don’t feed him. He personally attacks everyone he comes into contact with on here. They guy is obviously very unhappy in life.

          • Turner Wednesday

            Oh and he writes in CAPS a lot. There you go…

          • Angel

            btw GGG had so much respect he fought a Welter with no titles on the line but his own, WBA wouldn’t even sanction the fight, could’ve killed the guy. Respect! That’s hilarious, you think GGG wanted to fight Floyd at 154 for a title belt? LOL. GGG fights for money, they all do.

          • Robert Archambault

            OF course like most idiots, you are ignoring all the circumstances that led to that fight. Golovkin did not seek out Brook for a fight as Canelo did with Khan. Brook was the only one with the balls to get in the fucking ring. Says a lot about whoever your hero is at MW doesn’t it?

          • Angel

            Don’t get me started with Canelo but at least Khan was a 147 fighter going up 1 division. It doesn’t matter if Golovkin asked for Brook or not he agreed to fight a 147 pounder, I get why he did it, for Money, I was just using it a counter argument of that RESPECT crap you used. In case you haven’t noticed, I have no “hero” at MW or any division, I watch the sport I don’t idolize any one.

          • Robert Archambault

            Khan went up to 155 and fought for the MIDDLEWEIGHT WBC TITLE. That is TWO DIVISIONS my ignorant friend.
            Your counter argument is worthless and you know it.

          • Left Hook

            And to stay active. An inactive fighter makes no money and earns no new fans. Blame Brooks on Eubank for failing to find his pen.

        • D. Gambino

          Jacobs just hasn’t been beating anyone worth mentioning. Golovkin has fought Lemieux, Murray, Geale, Stevens and Macklin – just to name a few. These are all guys that are durable fighters. Would Jacobs have stopped all of them? I suppose it’s possible as I can see him stopping Geale, Stevens and Macklin.

          This is not meant to disparage Jacobs at all but he hasn’t fought guys at 160 who could challenge him. Jacobs could’ve had fights with any of the previous guys Golovkin defeated but did not – he took the road less traveled.

          Jacobs needs to box, keep distance and stay off the ropes to even have a shot at going a full 12 rounds. I just don’t see that happening. I do think he will put a good fight in the first 2 rounds but I’m seeing a stoppage by Golovkin in round 6 as the pressure will be too much for Jacobs.

        • left hook

          Am not discrediting Danny..but 95% of fans knows it’s a mismatch including yourself. Didn’t u see in the article that nobody favour him to win. Don’t u want to see him in a competitive bout, where u not sure who wins? U guys.. Sigh…

          • Charlie U.

            Answer the question: Who do you want him to fight? Who would be competitive against him?

          • Left Hook

            The same problem that haters had with Roy. He once said that people would rather see him fight an elephant with a flyswatter than a fly with a hammer. It is sad that they cannot appreciate his brilliance, at it’s finest. At 168 we would not see the best GGG, just like at 147 we did not see the best Floyd.

          • left hook

            He needs to move up to SWM, all the names in the top 10 will be competitive. Especially callum Smith and the WBO champion.

        • Larry Connor

          No one said Jacobs does not deserve to be there. We are saying we want to see him (ggg) challenge himself in a toss up 50/50 style fight before he’s old and shriveled up.

          • Charlie U.

            Like who, Connor? What’s a 50/50 fight for a guy that has KO’d 23 straight fighters??

          • Rick

            The only name they would come up with is Degale, the guy that fights abouts 30 seconds of each round. He was lucky to get the decision against that one dude 2 fights ago, I can’t even remember his name. Porky or some shit. I think Jacobs is a tougher fight for Golovkin than Degale.

          • Larry Connor

            Ward or kov

          • Charlie U.

            So, you want a small middleweight to jump up 15 lbs and two weight classes to take on the two best light heavyweights in the world?

          • Koninbeor

            Mayweather is the only person who gets a pass for not stepping above his weight class to take on the best in higher divisions. It isn’t even worth arguing. Save your breath and your sanity. 😉

          • Larry Connor

            Who says he’s a very very small middle weight????

          • Charlie U.

            Read what I wrote again, Connor.

          • Larry Connor

            I did read your comment again. Unless I’m missing something, my comment stands.

            Kell Brook did it. Amir khan did it

          • Charlie U.

            So, you want a small middleweight to jump up 15 lbs and two weight classes to take on the two best light heavyweights in the world?

        • Mike Prado

          Yeah… It’s not as deep as welterweight or super featherweight, but the fact that a lot of people believe the middleweight division to be completely devoid of talent is a testament to Golovkin’s dominance. His presence makes it seem shallower than it really is.

          • Charlie U.

            Very well said.

      • Left Hook

        chill. after he breaks Hopkins record, he will most likely move up if there are no challenges available. if not…it’s his career and if he makes 160 comfortably, why balloon up to make a few haters happy?

        • Stephen M

          You know, I couldn’t figure how come left hook had become so reasonable: you have an evil twin brother!

          • Left Hook

            He had the name first…as I learned (after he pointed it out), but I really like it. Thought I would do the capital letters…and a picture of Simon Brown after Pettway delivered the kayo via left hook was too good to pass up..

        • left hook

          So golovkin gets a pass? U guys were screaming Floyd to move up and fight GGG, u were screaming for Ward to move up and face Kovalev even though he could make super middle weight easy.
          Let the actual fighter think about his record breaking, not u.
          U know the middle weight division is weak, yet u prefer him to remain in that division..SMH.

          • Larry Connor

            A lot of fakes out here. The minute you want for a fighter to pad their stats vs fighting in a challenging fight is the minute you are no longer a fight fan. They are crazy

          • Kudos

            No one was screaming for Floyd to move up an fight GGG you fucking cunt.

          • left hook

            I guess u are new on this site then.

          • Kudos

            Nah

          • left hook

            If u not new, then it’s u that is the cunt.

          • Left Hook

            I wasn’t screaming for any fight that involved may or ward. if I need to see clinches I will watch MMA. I want him to break the record (and apparently he does too), so that a fighter who gives us exciting fights holds the record, not a fighter who feasted on even worse nobodies and provided more than his share of borefests. U sound like someone who is mad that GGG can break hops record, rather than like someone who enjoys watching a true talent perform his craft AT HIS BEST WEIGHT. Is MW weak? If so it is because they are all compared to GGG.

          • left hook

            Lol.. Floyd has broken many records. He doesn’t need fight number 50, after all his boring to u (yet u guys watched all his fights).
            If u didn’t scream for Ward or may to move up is kool but u know other haters were screaming.
            I just want to see GGG in a fight were we all don’t know he will be victorious. What I just don’t understand is why u don’t want him in a competitive fight, especially when u know his division is weak.
            Golovkin is a likable guy and a gentleman nothing to be mad about. I don’t get mad easily.

          • Left Hook

            never paid for a fight for mayweather. he was fun at 140 and under, underwhelming entertainment at 147. no need to watch more than a round or 2. if anyone got inside, he held. zzzzzz

          • left hook

            That’s what they all say…lol.

          • TNT

            GGG’s record will be just as meaningless as Hopkin’s. If you were interested in watching a true talent perform his craft then you would want to see said talent in a fight that is at least even. Yet, you cry like a wounded, teenage girl whenever someone expresses their desire that GGG move up a weight class or two. Gasp! The Horror! It isn’t as if other fighter never had to move up in weight. Manny Pacquiao did, Floyd Mayweather did. Andre Ward did. Duran, Leonard, Hagler. Roy Jone JR even went all the way up to heavyweight. GTFOH you casual lame.

          • Koninbeor

            People were screaming at Floyd because of the TBE thing. If you’re TBE then do better than SRL did. GGG just wants to break the Middleweight record. Different claims by the fighters get different reactions by the fans.

          • left hook

            Floyd was said he bus TBE cuz he beat the most champions in history, undefeated, P4P king and PPV king. He doesn’t have to do what SRL did, SRL should have done what Floyd did in his own era.

        • Larry Connor

          That record will be watered down. At least Hopkins fought future hall of famers here and there

          • Kudos

            Most of whom were smaller men..

          • Kudos

            Most of whom were smaller men..

          • Left Hook

            yep…147 lb HOF who fought at 160 vs hops. He did move north after he was chased out of mw by the non HOFer Taylor.

          • Larry Connor

            Don’t forget RJJ whom you conveintly forget he fought as well

          • Left Hook

            I was trying to target Hopkins’ wins, not his losses.

          • Larry Connor

            My original statement was targeting his actual fights through out his career including the early parts of his career as well

          • Left Hook

            fair enough. I think if the roles were reversed, GGG would have faced Roy (and lost). GGG just hasn’t been in the right ‘political’ situation to get those types of fights. Hopefully that changes in September.

      • Larry Connor

        Exactly. All I want to see him in is a toss up fight to see how good he’s actually is

        • left hook

          Me too. If he moves up and fights guys like degale,callum Smith, Groves, Ramirez and beats them, then I can start to call him a great fighter. I mean even loma has moved up with just 6 fights.

          • Larry Connor

            Left hook. I love your comments. They are non bias and honest.

          • Stephen M

            Yeah, I think he shares your bias.

          • Larry Connor

            What bias?

          • Stephen M

            Hahaha. Good one.

          • left hook

            What bias u talking about? Mention anytime I have been bias?

          • left hook

            What bias u talking about? Mention anytime I have been bias?

          • left hook

            Thanks

        • left hook

          Me too. If he moves up and fights guys like degale,callum Smith, Groves, Ramirez and beats them, then I can start to call him a great fighter. I mean even loma has moved up with just 6 fights.

    • Stephen M

      Not that I’ll actually pay for this but compared to all the other stuff they put on PPV I’d rather get and watch this. I want to see HOW Gennady is going to do it. And the fact that Jacob’s can really punch means that I will be tense while this fight is happening… And Chocalitito…

      • Larry Connor

        I do believe it will be a decent fight to watch however long it last, but we’ve seen high caliber fights for free. So it’s hard to get up to pay hard earned cash to watch it on PPV

        • Stephen M

          I’ve only got PPV a couple of times and think of it as minor form of theft.

    • Charlie U.

      This is #1 and #2 in the middleweight division. It’s one sided with the pre-fight picks because GGG has been THAT dominant.

      • Larry Connor

        A decent fight of course, but hbo championship fight at best. Not PPV. Hecj

        • Angel

          Agreed, neither of these guys are PPV fighters. GGG attracts hardcore heads, to be a PPV level fighter you need to attract the casuals.

          • Larry Connor

            lol true story

          • nick hapta

            Who then in your estimation is a pay per view fighter???
            Andre? Floyd? Every time I watched Mayweather or Ward on PPV
            I was bored and felt cheated. Hugging and running, Oh yes, the sweet science!
            My ass….

          • Angel

            Probably just Canelo, Pacquiao and Cotto and their numbers are all declining but could be good if they fight the right opponent. It isn’t about who is the most entertaining, it’s who sells, yeah Floyd was boring in his Money run but people were paying to watch.
            It’s economics pure and simple. It’s possible the PPV model is dying and all the better I think.

          • Larry Connor

            I did not see a lot of hugging in the ward vs kov fight??? Nor running.

    • Left Hook

      Entertainment. Big drama show. You know that he will press for a knockout, not pop-and-clutch his way to a boring and unfulfilling decision win. Good undercard. I’d rather NOT pay for it, but if GGG is on PPV, he is worth paying to see. PPV sales might be the only way he can get some of these talkers (bjs,canelo,eubank) to climb into the ring with him.

      • Larry Connor

        If you follow boxing, your Ko percentage is normally high when you fight lower caliber fighter, but drops when you fight competition. So of course he’s knocking these low caliber guys out and will continue to do so until he steps up to the plate

        • Left Hook

          If??? What am I doing on a boxing site if I don’t follow boxing? I understand how kayo percentages are prone to drop as the competition is better, but I also understand that knockouts are more often caused by punches than clinches. If GGG was fighting a no-hoper from Enid, Oklahoma with a 70-18 record, I would not buy the fight. He is fighting a fighter who is 32-1, 29 kayos, with a good amateur background. Should be interesting to see if and how GGG can close the show on the #2 MW in the world.

          • Larry Connor

            No matter the ranking of a fighter, if the division is watered down, then it’s watered down. Have you heard the old phrase, “in the land of the blind; he who has one eye is king.”? Meaning that ggg may be a good fighter, heck I think he’s a good fighter, but we will never know with him beating up on guys who are ranked on paper, but we all know do not really have the goods to push ggg.

          • Left Hook

            I certainly agree with you on that point. Hopefully he can get through this run of ‘legacy’ fights (unify, break hopkins’ record) and then we can see at that point in time if there is a legit mw challenger (charlo? Andrade?hurd?) or if a move to smw is warranted.

          • TNT

            GGG is fighting a boxer who no expert believes will remain standing. Nearly all boxing experts expect GGG to knockout Jacobs. This is a mismatch. You yourself admit that you are interested in seeing how GGG “can close the show,” meaning you expect the man to win. GTFOH you casual lame.

          • Left Hook

            And how many experts picked Buster over Tyson? Randall over Chavez? Phillips over Tszyu? Cotto over Martinez? Pac over Barrera? Upsets happen, but if they don’t it is always a treat to see an expert perform his craft. But you wouldn’t know because you haven’t watched boxing long enough to know.

          • TNT

            There are well-documented circumstances that explain why Douglass defeated Tyson. Robert wrote a post describing why Douglass-Tyson will not recur with GGG-Anybody anytime soon. The same goes for Cotto over a legless Martinez. The other bouts consist of fighters who are better than Jacobs. Let’s be honest. Jacobs is no Pacquiao and not even a Phillips (Dougie has written about how STYLES make fights, hence Philips would always pose a problem for Tszyu). Your final comment is probably a case of you projecting. Or a case of you admitting that you watch boxing without the brain power necessary to analyze it properly.

          • Left Hook

            I meant to delete my last sentence, as insults don’t add to the discussion. I feel GGG should be a prohibitive favorite, but I don’t view it as a mismatch. I believe Jacobs has a very real chance of winning. Contrary to many, I don’t believe he is ‘chinny’–Pirog appeared to be a very good fighter, and getting caught in a careless exchange, as he did vs mora, could happen to anyone. It is amazing to me the ANGER with which GGG detractors discuss him. It seems that few will give him the benefit of the doubt in breaking the mw record and THEN moving on to greater challenges. My feeling is if you are close to a record–break it–then move on.

          • TNT

            oh, I don’t disagree about the whole record breaking thing. It is an accomplishment, no doubt. One that GGG will carry out soon. I have been writing about what I would hope he does in the future (after he unifies the belts and breaks the defense record). In all honesty, I do hope that the best, game version of Jacobs shows up Saturday, and fights a smart fight. That would make it all the more worth watching then if a petrified Jacobs lulls himself into the ring and awaits an impending KO. The Pirog KO happened. Many fans discount fighters if they suffer a loss (especially by KO), but the very greats throughout history have all lost. Some by frightening KO. It comes with the territory, I mean these guys aren’t playing hopskotch, they are boxing.

          • Floridastorm

            When a fighter gets KO’d, especially the way that Jacobs did (knocked down in the 4th round and brutally KO’d in the 5th) they always have doubts from then on. A knockdown by pillow fisted Mora added to that doubt. Also, going 7 rounds with Mora and not being able to really hurt him, even though he was down 5 times, leaves even more doubt. GGG has never been rocked much less knocked down in nearly 400 fights, amateur and professional. No doubts there. GGG actually does not mind getting hit. Can’t say that about Jacobs.

          • TNT

            Look into boxing history. Many HOFere and ATGs have lost by ko. A fighter can move on from it and be successful.

        • left hook

          So true

        • left hook

          I agree, just like how Broner is finding out that he can’t KO top guys at WW.

        • Floridastorm

          Can you name those “high caliber” fighters that GGG has avoided, please? Just name one , if you will. GGG has fought everyone who is willing to fight him. So, you’re going to fault him for not fighting the guys who won’t fight him? Name one so called high caliber fighter who has signed a contract to fight GGG? You can’t fight someone without a contract. Duhhhhhh.

      • TNT

        There is no “big drama show” in foregone conclusions. NONE. A mismatch only entertains the casual idiots such as yourself.

        • Left Hook

          wow..somebody got his feelings hurt. ‘Casual’–ignorant fools like you categorize anyone who enjoys being entertained as casual. Sorry dude, but someone who can end the fight early is much more entertaining than your hugfests…unless you are fantasizing…

        • Left Hook

          Are we done with the insults now? GGG’s fights (and Jacob’s fights) are entertaining and almost always conclusive. There is no argument over who won, because their opponent is on the canvas. I prefer fights where I rewind to watch the bout-ending combo, not the one where I have to roll my eyes and wonder how a judge could have seen the same fight that everyone else did. The KO is what makes boxing special. There is no 28-point touchdown or 16-pointer in hoops. No ‘early-ender’ in tennis or baseball. I understand the nuances of the sport–any fan understands the nuances in the sports that they follow–but the ‘man’ in most observers wants to see the kayo, the big hit, the home run, the hole-in-one. I don’t think that makes a fan a casual…just one with an opinion.

          • TNT

            Entertainment is subjective. I valued Hearns vs Hagler because both had a chance at winning. It wasn’t a mismatch. That is where I personally find entertainment, in nearly even bouts. I rarely find blatant mismatches to be entertaining. Nor does a KO itself entertain me. Rather It is rather the way a fighter employs his skill set that entertains me. If you find mismatches ending in kos o be entertaining than all power to you.

    • TNT

      I’d pay to see GGG fight Stevenson, Ward, or Kovalev. But I don’t think any of those fights will ever happen.

      • Larry Connor

        That will never happen!!!! Never not ever!

      • Larry Connor

        That will never happen!!!! Never not ever!

      • Robert Archambault

        You expect GGG to move up TWO divisions? It would be difficult enough to gain enough weight to jump to 168, forget about 175 unless one of those guys is willing to fight in the middle at 168. And I doubt that any of the three could come close to 168.

        • Left Hook

          I think he left off Wilder, Joshua, and Ortiz. Must have been an oversight.

          • TNT

            The sycophant in you is strong my child. Do not compare a fighter moving up two divisions (a la Duran, Leonard, Hearns or even a la Brook Khan) with a fighter moving up from middleweight to heavyweight (a la Roy Jones Jr). Oversight indeed young, grasshopper. Stay out of grown folk’s business.

          • Left Hook

            I don’t have to be a sycophant to know that you are just another hater. Watch and enjoy GGG making history at his ideal weight, entertaining us with the way he breaks down his opponents, making them look for a way out. I guess it shows your respect for him that you feel it takes a much bigger man to defeat him, but my gut tells me you would take greater joy in watching someone clinch, headbutt, hold, and use the judges sway to defeat him. Stay safe, keyboard warrior.

          • TNT

            You are definitely a sycophant. Of the lowest intellectual capacity no doubt. One cannot even share a mythical wish list without being labeled a “hater” by the dick-riders on the site.

            On the other hand, as a boxing fan I appreciate seeing fighters engage worthy opponents. Only in such matches does a boxer demonstrate his true mettle. I do not find mismatches too entertaining. Hence, if you do that is a good sign that you are not only a dick-riding sycophant but also a casual.

            With regards to GGG, one cannot fault him for the level of competition in his division. However, if after fulfilling his goals (unifying the middleweight titles and defending them more than anyone before) he does not move up in weight then that is a different story. One will have to compare GGG to others before him and in the present. Many, many, many, great boxers have moved up multiple weight classes. Others didn’t.

            Finally, why on earth do you end your lousy post with “keyboard warrior?” Such a comment is usually directed at people expressing the desire to physically assault others for expressing differing opinion or people who disrespect boxers by calling them cowards. I have done neither. go seek professional help.

          • Reggie Woodard

            Agreed.

          • Floridastorm

            What is it about “my priority is to win all of the middleweight belts and to be the middleweight champion of the world” that people don’t understand? If some of these belt holder clowns had agreed months or even years ago to fight GGG maybe he would have already fought super middleweights by now. I figure if a belt holder refuses to fight GGG that should be considered a win. Will BJS ever agree to fight GGG. Want to bet he won’t and then he should have the belt stripped from him.

      • Larry Connor

        Yet you have guys like Kell Brooks, Amir Khan and even Broner willing to jump up weight classes to fight guys with power and boxing skills. All we want to see is the guy put himself in a decent fight. Lol

      • Barley mcgrew

        So agree (back soon mate).

    • Don Badowski

      I hope you mean a boxing website, and not the TV news. All they want to report on is Trump.

    • Chadlio24

      You pay for it because it will be more action packed than 95% of the fights we see today… Oh and so fishnets will see that GGG can actually be a big PPV draw so hopefully he will give Canela his balls back and we can see them fight… In reality the only time Canela has had HUGE PPV numbers was against Mayweather and Cotto, both super popular fighters that always had big numbers without that little red headed Mexican wannabe b1tch!!!

  • mark elding

    A big fight that’s also a foregone conclusion, at least according to the poll? Such is boxing in 2017, I guess.
    Still, huge fan of GGG here, and I remain (hopelessly) optimistic that he wrecks Jacobs, Saunders AND the freckled chicken all in the span of 6 months, which will go some way towards alleviating the frustration of seeing the really demanding challenges elude him for so long.

    • Arjay Cee

      Hoping for the same, Mark. Seeing as little of GGG as we have done during his peak has been criminal.

    • kiowhatta

      I also hope the prognostication is correct, even if it serves to finally bestow the praise that Golovkin deserves.
      The detractors and pure haters out there who say he’s a bum with no resume will hopefully be shut up by (I’m hoping) a Lemieux style KO of Jacobs, who I give respect for taking the fight.
      GGG needs to utilise more head and upper body movement, and give Jacobs NO chance to get into a rhythm or confidence, immediately back him up into the rope to unload.

      • TNT

        I don’t see anyone on this site claiming GGG is a bum. What I have read breaks down into: 1) Golovkin is the best middleweight, 2) the current middleweight division [outside of GGG] is weak, 3) Golovkin should move up a weight class or two to challenge himself and prove exactly how good he is.

        In all honesty, the argument praises GGG more than anything but leaves open the question “how good is the guy really?”. The fact that nobody is picking Jacobs (or anyone else in the division) to beat GGG speaks volumes about GGG as a fighter and the rest of the fighters (decent but not really outstanding) in the division.

        • Larry Connor

          True story

        • Kudos

          Doesn’t need to move up. It’s not a video game.

          • TNT

            Nope, he doesn’t need to. But It would be damn good though if he did.

          • TNT

            Nope, he doesn’t need to. But It would be damn good though if he did.

        • Barley mcgrew

          Well said. Nobody’s dissing Gennady – but the Kazakh just hasn’t enjoyed the competition by which to FULLY define himself at the very highest level. Kudos pal.

          • Floridastorm

            And, just what competition has Jacobs enjoyed that would fully define him at the highest level? Most of GGG’s opponents probably would have easily defeated any of Jacobs’ best opponents and some of them may have had the ability to defeat Jacobs himself, including Lemieux, Stevens, Rubio, Macklin, Murray, and possibly even Brook. Also, every other decent competitor has avoided GGG, including Ward who never signed a contract although it was offered to him by GGG’s handlers. The only fighter out there, middleweight, Jr Middleweight, or Super Middleweight, that would give GGG a fight is Ward. It’s not his fault if nobody wants to fight him.

          • jorge linares

            Too bad Ward is not in any of those divisions

          • Fist_ti_cuffs

            Quit it. baby g don’t want none of SOG. Easy fight to make as they both fight on HBO and it’s a sure-fire ppv that’ll definitely do better than any other fight except ginger.

          • Fist_ti_cuffs

            Quit it. baby g don’t want none of SOG. Easy fight to make as they both fight on HBO and it’s a sure-fire ppv that’ll definitely do better than any other fight except ginger.

          • TNT

            Glad to see you back. I try to view the website after logging onto my disqus account… there are too many spiteful, cretins on the site (many of which can’t stop bring your name up!).

    • Charlie U.

      I think that it speaks more to GGG and his dominance than the state of boxing in 2017.

      • mark elding

        I agree that dominance plays a big part Charlie.

    • Orca

      That’s a beautiful dream. Fighter of the year if he gets it done. I know everyone is picking GGG but I’m still excited for this fight. Jacobs is as good as he’s going to get right now so it’s a good time for this fight. You just never know right? Still, I pick Gennady by 8th round corner retirement.

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  • Giuseppe

    Even if you have reasons to pick FOR DJ, there are almost no reasons to pick AGAINST GGG. You’d have to count on him not doing all the things and showing all the things he has done and shown before. I think there is a chance it may go 12 but most likely a 6-9 TKO for GGG.

    • Left Hook

      Excellent point. GGG has been consistent about staying in shape, avoiding distractions, and been all business in the ring. Who has had the better competition to prepare them for the fight? I think GGG. Brooks would be favored over Mora. Lemiuex would be favored over anyone that Jacobs has defeated. I like Jacobs, but I think GGG is truly THAT much better.

    • Robert Archambault

      Jacobs has been 7 rounds once and 12 once since 2010. All his other fights were very short, 5 rounds or less. I doubt if Jacobs would have the stamina to go much past 6 or 7 against Golovkin. Mora took him to 7 and Golovkin hits a lot more and a lot harder than Mora does. I don’t see this making it past 6.

      • Giuseppe

        Here is an even more worrying way to put it. In the last two years he has only fought 9.5 rounds. And 9 of them were against mora! Not the best prep!

  • Tony Nightstick

    Golovkin by eighth-round TKO.

    I don’t see anyone beating him at this time. That could be a different story, however, within a couple of years or so.

    • Ciscostudent561

      He’ll have the acumen and skill set but not the resume unfortunately. Not his fault.

    • bradman

      7th or 8th round TKO is where I’m at with this fight, as well. I think GGG will fight carefully for the first few rounds, just like his fight with Lemieux. From there, he’ll just gradually beat Jacobs down to a TKO.

  • ciobanu catalin

    Ggg in less then 5… No disrespect , but catches him, smells the blood and ends it

  • Michel Desgrottes

    Jacobs round 11 tko

    • Ciscostudent561

      Lol 😂 is

    • Charlie U.

      At least you’re going against the grain, although I see no way that Jacobs takes him out late. If he wins, he catches GGG early.

      • Michel Desgrottes

        If he’s on his bike and doesn’t trade, then yea I can see a long fight

    • TBE KR-WHERE R U OLA ODUSINA?

      Dmitri Pirog by TKO

    • Kudos

      That your ‘melanin’ talking

      • Michel Desgrottes

        Nah just thinking out the box on a possibility, don’t like it? Sue me

        • Koninbeor

          Which box are you thinking outside of?

          • Michel Desgrottes

            The prism of thinking ggg is god with no flaws

          • Koninbeor

            A lot of guys look invincible until they don’t. Tyson is a prime example.

            Edit: Maybe not a LOT of guys. Just saying your prediction could come true.

          • Charlie U.

            There’s only one guy on here who thinks that and we all know who it is. Stop making it seem as if everyone thinks the way he does.

          • Michel Desgrottes

            Not everyone, but some, don’t be so sensitive, just my opinion, let me
            Live lmao

          • Stephen M

            The cardboard box he lives in?

  • Oscar Guzman

    After triple G destroys jacobs critics will charge that jacobs was a nobody. The fact the matter is that at 160 there’s no fighter that can beat GGG at this point in time, period. Golovkin is just the best boxer on the planet at the moment.

    • Michel Desgrottes

      He’s not better than lomachenko or bud Crawford, nor Ward

      • Ciscostudent561

        Bud is debatable but he sure ent better than chocalito nor Ward
        But it’s all a matter of opinion. He’s definetly more fun to watch then Bud and Ward

      • Oscar Guzman

        Ward ain’t shit; he lost to Lovalev. He fought a terrible fight. He should’ve never won that fight. To back up my claim, I’m sure he’ll not give Kovalev a rematch.

        • Michel Desgrottes

          he won

          • Left Hook

            gifted

          • Koninbeor

            I don’t think it was bad enough to say that it was a gift. Pretty close fight, really. I feel that Kovalev won but I don’t think he’ll win the rematch. Ward finished stronger.

      • Floridastorm

        I didn’t know that they were all middleweights. If Lomo and Crawford want to step in the ring with GGG. By all means. Have at it. As far as Ward goes, he never agreed to anything in writing although Abel Sanchez said that he was offered a contract. Always had excuses.

        • Michel Desgrottes

          “Golovkin is just the best boxer on the planet at the moment” reading is fundamental, dude didn’t specify middleweights in his setence

          • Ciscostudent561

            Lol the power of reading.

          • Michel Desgrottes

            They so thirsty to protect their man crush ggg

      • Floridastorm

        I didn’t know that they were all middleweights. If Lomo and Crawford want to step in the ring with GGG. By all means. Have at it. As far as Ward goes, he never agreed to anything in writing although Abel Sanchez said that he was offered a contract. Always had excuses.

  • Charlie U.

    Lee Groves is incorrect. There’s no way Jacobs will have an ‘enormous ring advantage’ at MSG. Even though DJ’s from Brooklyn, he doesn’t bring that much of a built-in fan base. I don’t think he will even have a majority of the crowd support.

  • TMT NYC-DA REAL GHOSTBUSTERS

    I don’t know if it’s funny or sad that the tally is 22 – 0.

  • TMT NYC-DA REAL GHOSTBUSTERS

    Where is our monsieur to weigh in on this? Monsieur Robair, please tell to us in which round will GGG end the fight?

  • TBE KR-WHERE R U OLA ODUSINA?

    Modern Julian Jackson vs Gerald Mcclellan?? So excited!

  • Reggie Woodard

    Jacobs 7th rd KO

  • oldthor

    Going to be an exciting fight and both punch hard enough to do damage to the other. I still favor GGG in this one but you never know. As for predictions, well. How many predicted Buster Douglas over Tyson back in the day. Anything can happen

  • Nick Bannister

    The guy who beats GGG has the feet to stay away from GGG’s ring cutting, the chin to take a few of his best, and the power to back him up and either hurt him or keep him at range. GGG walked through Lemieux and Stevens’ shots, and while Danny can crack he doesn’t bang like they do. Barring GGG getting old in there, he takes Danny out mid rounds. My guess is later than he did Brook but earlier than Lemieux.

  • The Parrfection

    Please just give me a robbery-free, great fight this PPV.

  • Floridastorm

    Although Jacobs is a fairly decent boxer/puncher with some skills. I have seen him in fights where he looked like Wilder. Amateurish although still dangerous. If you are not 110% professional and on top of your game every second GGG will tear you apart. From his knockdown in round 4 and brutal KO in round 5, with Pirog, to his knockdown by Mora in their first fight. And then to his 7 round punch fest with Mora, knocking him down 5 times but never being able to keep him down, shows me that Jacobs is neither a special puncher nor a special catcher. Both Stevens and Limeaux, who I think are better punchers and better catchers than Jacobs, did last til late in their fights with GGG. But, they were both brutally beaten up in the process and lost by TKO’s. I actually don’t thing that Jacobs is that good. It was a fluke against Quillin. Quillin was caught cold and it probably would never happen again. All the rest of Jacob’s KO’s have been against guys that would lose to most of GGG’s opponents. I do think that Jacobs may put up a decent defense for as long as it lasts. There is no way that Jacobs is going to catch GGG with a shot and take him out. No way. It’s more likely that GGG will catch Jacobs early with Jacobs face down on the canvas. And, yes, I do think that Jacobs is a relatively nice guy. However, a nice guy alone does not make a worthy challenger to one of the best fighters on the planet.

  • Paul Aquino

    If GGG wins I’d like to see him move up a weight class to challenge himself. He’s not getting any younger waiting on Canelo. He needs a career defining fight to secure his status as a legend. Building his record without that on his resume could be what stops him from getting into the IBHOF.

    • Adam Davies

      2 years ago I would have agreed with you. In fact I’m sure I posted as much myself. Problem is, 168 is a bit of a barren place at the moment. Apart from DeGale there isn’t really anybody elite there. The interesting thing is how he handles being hit by the bigger guys, but with Saunders, Eubank Jr and Canelo to be fought at 160 I don’t think it’s a bad place for GGG to be working at the moment.

      Froch or Ward would have been the legacy fight and they’re both long gone.

  • Harry

    The general consensus of experts is 9th round KO for GGG, so they give a lot of credit to Jacobs who they think can last almost 10 rounds against Golovkin. This fight will show whether Golovkin has started ageing or not. And it’s interesting whether he will allow Danny to hit him at will or will be very responsible in his defense. Golovkin is more versatile in his offensive arsenal and can bypass any guard with his body punches and top-down looping left hook he used to ko Rubio who by the way showed a great punch resistance against Lemieux. I personally believe that unless Jacobs unleashes real fury and wild flurries of punches in the early round and earns Gennady’s respect, his chin will crack already in the third-fourth rounds.

  • Alfredo

    I think Jacobs may be Golovkin’s Buster Douglas. Jacobs can box and has good power. If Jacobs conditioning can hold up so can his chin. Jacobs wins!!

  • Kudos

    22_0 eh, makes you wonder should this really be ppv

  • D Johnson

    I’m picking Triple G by 10th round tko. The odds @ 8 to 1 are absurd imo and I think we’ll see the best version that Jacobs has to offer. I respect the hell out of both of these fighters and may the best man win on Saturday!!

    • Charlie U.

      My favorite post of the day. Kudos, DJ.

  • Colin Mc Flurry.

    The experts have it 22-0 – against the No2 160lb fighter in the world. Sounds like a mismatch on paper?

    I expect a frantic shootout, I can see GGG getting Buzzzed early, coming back to break Saunders down with a vicious body and head attack. And stopping Jacobs inside 5 torrid rounds.

    If by any chance Jacobs wins, it wouldn’t come close to the Tyson-Douglas upset.
    Nothing ever will.

  • Ready to enlighten

    Jacobs wins by ko

  • Ready to enlighten

    Jacobs wins by ko

    • Mike Prado

      April Fool’s is still more than two weeks away, bro.

  • Don Badowski

    I really hope Daniel didn’t read this.

  • mitch menendez

    I don’t know about you guys, but after reading this I’m putting 10 large on jacobs

  • William Bjerkevik

    The odds really don’t convey the competetiveness in this matchup. Jacobs is a very live dog, but he’s gotta fight the perfect fight if he wants to pull of the upset. That said, I believe he does have one thing going for him and that is a very strong mental frame coming into this fight. Just imagine being in the shoes of this guy, you’ve been through it all, cancer, having your whole career wrecked, bouncing back to contend for the middleweight championship against the most feared fighter in boxing. How can you not believe that you have been put here for a reason? He will not just walk in to this fight with confidence, but with a spiritual conviction. And when he does get hurt, or put down, which I believe he expects himself to be in this fight, he will remained confident and poised and box to the best of his abilities until the very end. It will make for very compelling drama. And I haven’t been excited about a fight for a very long time.

    • Larry Connor

      No disrespect, but this is the fight you are excited about out of all the fights that have been made and fought over the past 12 months??? The one where the guy Jacobs with a suspect chin, a guy Jacobs whom 98% of his KO’s are against guys that only boxing rec can identify, a guy that’s barley active??? There is a big reason ggg is fighting this guy and it’s a very smart reason. Build ggg info a PPV star. Most casuals follow knock outs attached to a name that’s drummed into your head all day along with a mantra. “NO ONE WILL FIGHT ME”. We guys whom follow boxing knows that’s not true, but the casuals do not so it will peak their interest. “Who is this guy everyone is afraid of and wow, he knocks everyone out!”

      • D Johnson

        Get back under your bridge you troll! I’m not gonna let your pissing and moaning ruin fight week Larry.

  • ozzy

    It’s hard to argue against GGG in this one particularly as Jacobs doesn’t seem to take a punch that well. One bit of hope for Jacobs is GGG’s poor boxing in the Brook fight, if he repeats that sloppy performance I wouldn’t be surprised if Jacobs took him out early. The reality “should” be that GGG’s improved motivation produces better boxing to set up the openings to hit Jacobs with his power punches and get the win.

  • The Immortal S-Hop

    LMAO. We needed a poll? How about a search for ANYONE picking Jacobs? You know what? I like him. I’m gonna pick him. Jacobs KO’s Golovkin in dos rounds.

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