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Golovkin and Jacobs continue to negotiate

Brook (left) on the receiving end of a right hand from Gennady Golovkin. Photo: Matchroom Boxing
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Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and mandatory challenger Danny Jacobs are currently locked in talks with Golovkin’s representative hopeful a deal can be made before the match-up goes to a purse bid.

“Our goal would be to work out a deal,” Golovkin promoter Tom Loeffler said in a text message to on Wednesday, giving an update on the state of the negotiations. “This (is) always more productive.” He added of the discussions, “Still trying to work out the details, hopefully we will have some resolution soon.”

The WBA ordered Golovkin (36-0, 33 knockouts) and Jacobs ((32-1, 29 KOs) to start negotiating on Sept. 12, just two days after Golovkin stopped Kell Brook in five rounds. The two were given 30 days to strike a deal, a cycle that is winding down.

Loeffler has reserved Madison Square Garden for Dec. 10, hopeful the fight could land there on HBO. Jacobs’ side is pushing for the bout to be held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, which has invested heavily in Jacobs becoming the face of its boxing program. Promoter Lou DiBella has also reserved Dec. 10 at Barclays Center with the expectation the fight could possibly land there.

Loeffler declined to say if Golovkin is married to Dec. 10 and, regardless of the opponent, Golovkin will definitely fight on that date on HBO. There has been some talk behind the scenes of the fight potentially being pushed into 2017. HBO, which has Golovkin under contract, has maintained a flexible outlook on the fight and would move off the Dec. 10 date for Golovkin if a deal is made for early 2017. Jacobs, though he is signed with Al Haymon, who does business with Showtime, is open to fighting on HBO against Golovkin in this instance.