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Jacobs’ camp may be open to GGG in 2016

Photo by: Naoki Fukuda
Fighters Network

The idea of Danny Jacobs facing middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin at the back end of 2016 or at the start of 2017 may not be so far-fetched anymore.

Brooklyn’s Jacobs has always been out in front in saying he wants to face the Kazakhstan knockout artist and is ready to sign on the dotted line. Now, has learned that Jacobs’ camp is increasingly becoming more open to the idea of facing Golovkin ahead of their previous timetable and making the fight later this year or during the first quarter of 2017 if the finances make sense. While nothing has been formally decided, internal discussions have begun from Jacobs’ side on the potential for the middleweights to meet up on pay-per-view in the coming months, provided that Jacobs is taken care of financially, Jacobs advisor Keith Connolly told

It’s a significant about-face from the previous stance Jacobs’ camp has taken, which was to wait a year or two until Jacobs (31-1, 28 knockouts) firmly established himself as a star and was unequivocally the top middleweight after Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs). The softening of their attitude is due to a number of factors: Confidence in Jacobs’ skills and maturity as a fighter and an opinion the 34-year-old Golovkin has weaknesses and may not be the impervious destroyer that a lot of people make him out to be. Then there is as an expectation that Jacobs will make a career high payday in the bout.

Jacobs, who holds a secondary middleweight title, will take on Sergio Mora Friday in Reading, Pennsylvania (Spike, 9 p.m. ET) in a rematch of their August fight in which Jacobs stopped Mora in two rounds after trading knockdowns. The WBA has indicated it plans to order Golovkin to face his mandatory Jacobs next if the two emerge victorious in their upcoming bouts. Golvokin is set to face off against welterweight titleholder Kell Brook a day after Jacobs-Mora on Saturday in London’s 02 Arena on HBO. The WBA’s stance hasn’t played a role in the new outlook Jacobs’ camp has on Golovkin.