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Gennady Golovkin’s chin vs. Daniel Jacobs’ power

Gennady Golovkin and trainer Abel Sanchez were all smiles at the media workout for Golovkin's showdown with Daniel Jacobs. Photo by Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos/K2 Promotions
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Wrap your brain around this:

IBF/WBA/WBC middleweight titlist Gennady Golovkin (who will face Danny Jacobs at Madison Square Garden in New York City, on Saturday) has never been knocked down in a fight, in a match or during sparring.

That is freak-of-nature stuff. Pro since 2006…fighting since he was 8. That includes street brawling, of which there was some.

Want more freakishness?

“Or wobbled,” added Abel Sanchez, who started tutoring him for “GGG’s” August 2010 fight in Panama against Milton Nunez. So Nunez, Nilson Tapia, Kassim Ouma, Lajuan Simon, Mako Fuchigami, Grzegorz Proksa, Gabe Rosado, Nobuhiro Ishida, Matt Macklin, Curtis Stevens, Osumanu Adama, Daniel Geale, Marco Antonio Rubio, Martin Murray, Willie Monroe Jr., David Lemieux, Dominic Wade and Kell Brook didn’t knock the fighting pride of Kazahkstan down. Or wobble him!

How do you explain this situation?

“God and hard work,” Sanchez said.

In that order?

“Definitely in that order,” the trainer stated.

Sanchez touched on Jacobs’ power, and was asked about Jacobs perhaps taking confidence from seeing GGG getting touched by Kell Brook, the IBF 147-pound titlist, in his most recent outing: “I hope that Danny’s reading into what he believes and he comes to fight. Jacobs has power in both hands but, at the same time, when he’s delivering that power, he’s going to be opening himself up. When he does that, that’s when he’s going to get hurt. If he comes to fight, if he makes it a good offensive night, then we’re going to be treated to a short night. Either way, Danny’s got power too.”

Maybe the best GGG’s faced, although we were reminded last week that David Lemieux can turn the crank up to 10, eh?

So, Abel, who has at least made GGG blink twice, laid a near-wobble on him? “I don’t think anyone has caught GGG clean enough, doesn’t mean that it’s not possible. Anyone, if hit right, can be hurt.”

Oh, and for the record, I asked Sanchez, point blank, how he sees, on paper, Jacobs’ power, one to 10, 10 being bomber? Maybe heaviest GGG has met? “I would say Danny 7, Curtis Stevens 8, Lemieux 9,” Sanchez answered.

So, the obvious question about the elephant in the room at MSG on Saturday: Can Danny Jacobs hit GGG “right?” Well, we know DJ has power, right? Peter Quillin can attest…Sergio Mora can attest…But can that power be activated on someone who is in the uppermost echelon of smart boxers, who stay focused and composed and don’t leave themselves open to being hit, especially by something they don’t see. You don’t see that happen to GGG…But what you did see in his last outing is GGG getting stung, a tiny bit stung, by right and left uppercuts, from the Brit Brook.

 

 

And counter rights a few times…But not enough. Not enough to drop…or even wobble. But I’m here to tell you, Jacobs is 160 pounds, a different animal than a blown-up Brook. He has faster hands and throws more fluid combos than Brook does. A chopping right from middle distance from Jacobs might be more dangerous to the almost-35-year-old GGG than anything Brook hurled. Thing is, GGG backed on the ropes has better answers than Quillin did on his unfortunate night. And that quick counter right hand that caught Sergio Mora on his heels, unaware, which put him down in the first Jacobs-Mora fight? Do we think that same shot puts GGG on his tuchus? Not likely. And the left hook thrown with precision and power which caught Jacobs and put him on his butt, in the first Mora fight, that same hook from GGG is, I think we can agree, more of a brain-rattler than what Mora possesses (though maybe not. That was thrown with the awareness and intent of a ultra-vet.)

I don’t think it’s a horrid idea for Jacobs to come out in the style he did versus Quillin. Feverish and furious. Try and catch GGG cold, flurry, try to get him with something he doesn’t see. Yes, risky. He will leave himself open, squared up, but don’t most think Jacobs wins via that “puncher’s chance”? Can he outbox GGG and win seven of 12 rounds…which means not getting ground down by the Kazakh pummeler? Hard, though I guess not impossible to fathom. Stranger things have certainly happened.

Anyway, let’s hear from you guys. Talk about that GGG chin, maybe his best and most underappreciated asset. Talk about Jacobs’ best chance to secure a win? Fire away in our comments section!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • ciobanu catalin

    I’m glad someone else has noticed his and written an article on it…i think that ko ggg is IMPOSIBLE period. I dont see it happening in any form, canonly be defeated on points, by a master with also a great chin, problem is, not too many of those around.. Until then , witness the reign

    • Robert Archambault

      GGG is always solid on his feet and his chin is always tucked in. That is what helped him be so resistant to the uppercuts Brook was throwing. While they were landing, they were not driving his jaw upwards or his head back, opening him up for follow-up shots.
      He will never be caught off balance or out of position. His precision in his punches makes it unlikely for him to be out of position after a punch and he does not throw wild haymaker type shots like Lemieux does which are easy to read and avoid.
      He uses his head in clinches, driving the top of his head into his opponent’s jaw and face making it dangerous to attempt to hold him too often. The head grind causes a fighter to release the clinch and opens him to an immediate counter punch at that time.
      How long the fight lasts depends on how Jacobs comes at him. If he comes out all on fire like against Quillin, Golovkin ends it very early. If he tries to outbox and out skill Golovkin, it lasts a few rounds longer, maybe into the 6th, 7th at the latest. But we will not see Golovkin hit the canvas in this fight unless Algieri reaches in and trips him or something. 🙂

      • The Black Mamba

        I think Algieri would need to hit Golovkin with a golf club straight on the temple in order to level him. He has to wait for the right moment, though, maybe while Golovkin is hammering in Jacobs rib cage.

      • ciobanu catalin

        But still, tucked in or not he is solid, compare it to khans or algieris…

        • Martin Hall

          Polar opposites.

      • peter fr

        no one is interested keep it short your a drawf

      • TMT NYC-DA REAL GHOSTBUSTERS

        “Algieri reaches in and trips him or something”

        Ah, monsieur! That sounds much like WWE! Are you a fan (of WWE)?

  • Boxing Truth

    The only way I see GGG losing by KO or decision is if he’s mentally off his game. WAY OFF……maybe so far off that he’s falling off the planet.

  • Charlie U.

    I’m sorry, anyone dismissing this fight is just not a real boxing fan. You can argue about the PPV model itself being bad (and I’d agree, of course), but in 2017 it’s unfortunately still a necessary evil. However, as far as PPV goes, I have no problem with it. This fight is intriguing on many levels, and you have the best fighting the best in one of boxing’s glamour divisions. Not only that, both guys are on big time KO streaks so, unlike other fighters who shall remain nameless, you’re guaranteed an action fight. Counting the hours until Saturday night.

    • Mitchell Nelms

      I don’t know about that, I’ve seen Jacob’s last 6 fights and he really doesn’t seem all too special. He has a weak chin, dropped by Mora in their first fight and knocked out by Pirog. Jacobs is open to counters and will be countered by Golovkin. He has decent footwork and his speed is good, but he’s not that fast and will be pressured from the start. Honestly, Jacob’s will have to perform flawlessly to last all 12 rounds.

      • Skyler

        In re-watching the fight, I don’t understand why Jacobs wasn’t given the chance to stand up. He was basically pushed back down before the 10 count (i counted 5) and looked pretty alert at that point . Just a thought.

        • Mark Echols

          I’ve been saying the same thing for months. People act like Pirog knocked Jacobs unconsious…he didn’t. Jacobs was knocked down hard, but he could have gotten up. The ref clearly denied him that chance. We don’t know what could have happened. Jacobs may have been knocked out, but he could have come back and won like an untold number of boxers have done throughout the years.

  • Dee Money

    The best thing about GGG’s chin are his two fists that come at you while you try to get to it.

    For certain GGG has a near granite chin, but nobody is impervious to taking shots. Luckily, the best defense is a good offense, and for someone to actually test his chin they have to get through his punches (not easily done).

    I do agree that Jacobs’ best shot at a win is to go out like he did in the Quillin fight (roll the dice early and hope for a KO); although I’d be interested to see if he can use his height and athleticism to try to stay on the outside and fight a patient fight landing the occasional power shot.

  • JA

    Best matchup at 160, Jacobs needs to go out early and gain respect, try and hurt or discourage GGG. No way he outboxes him for 12 rounds so go out, go for it, see what happens.

    • Giuseppe

      Best match up at 160 would be a really fat gonzalez and cuadras.

      • Skyler

        dude…that was the comment of the year so far

  • Robert Archambault

    If people would take the time to look at the actual fight stats, you would see that Golovkin is ranked near the top of the least hit fighters in boxing today. And that is when including the rounds where he just opens himself up to guys like Wade and Monroe and lets them hit him. If you take those rounds out of the equation, GGG would likely be the least hit fighter in the game. Yes, Brook was able to land punches but that was because Golovkin had absolutely no fear of his punching power and Brook could not have hurt Golovkin with anything less than a cricket bat in his hands.
    Lemieux thought Golovkin would be easy to hit as well. He thought he would walk out of MSG with all the titles as well. The guy hardly laid a glove on Golovkin all night and while he did land some real power shots that may well have put most fighters on their ass, GGG just smiled right through them and hit him with another half dozen jabs. If Jacobs goes in thinking he can hit Golovkin at will, it will be a very short night indeed.
    And what will it take for the so called professional boxing analysts and writers to recognize the truth regarding Golovkin’s defensive skills? When will they open their eyes and talk about how he never fights two fighters the same way, how he always adapts his game to the opponent in front of him? From the way many of them write, they seem to suffer from the same blindness as the GGG haters… Brook hit him at will so he is slipping… he showed that he is getting old… if Jacobs hits him like that, GGG will go down… we read all the same kind of comments before the Stevens fight, read them again before the Lemieux fight and now they are being recycled again for the Jacobs fight.
    Well Jacobs will not be able to hit him like Brook did. He will not be able to hit him like Wade or Monroe did. There will be something they all have in common however and that is how the fight will end, and that will be with GGG’s hand raised in the air once again, long before the end of 12 rounds.
    .
    Please feel free to call me a GGG nut sucker or fan boy or whatever makes it easier for you to sleep at night and think you are a big man. I will still be smiling when Jacobs is on his ass in the ring on Saturday night. 🙂

    • Charlie U.

      You’d be smiling even more if you could see GGG’s ass.

      • Chadlio24

        No we would all be smiling even more if Canela could steal his balls back from fishnets and get I’m the ring with GGG… Seeing that dipsh*t taste canvas is gonna be the ultimate GGG nut hugger moment… And then all the haters will become nut huggers too!!!

    • TMT NYC-DA REAL GHOSTBUSTERS

      Monsieur! What do you think of Nice Guy Golovkin getting into street brawls back then?

      • Robert Archambault

        That’s old news. His older brothers used to tell him to beat up random guys on the street who were much bigger and older than he was and he just did it. No big revelation there.

    • Joey Junger

      Compubox has Golovkin at the top of the leader-board in the disparity between hits he’s landed and those landed on him, right behind Mayweather and Ward, but I don’t think one has to be a ‘Flomo” or whatever they call it, to say that Floyd achieved his numbers against a better pedigree of boxer than Golovkin (Floyd already has the fight that Golovkin needs to define his legacy, against Canelo). I’m not going to blame Golovkin for not fighting guys who won’t fight him, but the stats you’re citing don’t factor in quality of opposition.

      A more holistic/comprehensive breakdown of Golovkin was done by Thomas Hauser in “A Hard World,” and he’s already one of the ten best middleweights of all time, according to that analysis, which is quite a feat.

      • Robert Archambault

        I agree that Floyd fought better quality fighters, but no one ran from him. The worst thing that could come out of fighting Floyd is you sprain an ankle chasing him. Golovkin could end your career.
        There is also a drastic difference in fighting style between Floyd and GGG. Golovkin is a fighter, he is not content to let his fights go to the judges and wants to win them outright. Floyd had no second thoughts dragging a fight out for 12 rounds and would run and duck instead of stand and fight. If Floyd had taken the shots that Brook landed on Golovkin, Floyd would have been carried out of the ring. But the only street fight Floyd would get in to would be with a woman.

        • Joey Junger

          The worst thing that could come from fighting Floyd was that you would sprain an ankle? Is that what happened to Ricky Hatton?

          Also, the science of boxing is to hit and not get hit. What you describe, toe-to-toe action, is exactly what you called it, “fighting.” There’s nothing wrong with it (it’s exciting), but taking shots to land shots doesn’t require the artistry of a Willie Pep or Lomachenko or, yes, a Floyd Mayweather. Your comment reminds me of what Joey Giardello said to Dick Tiger after Tiger accused him of running: “He don’t understand the difference between running and moving.” We’ve also seen Floyd fight at close quarters and he’s brilliant at deflecting shots in a phone booth off the ropes (i.e. against Ortiz or Cotto).

          Also, you’ve made an ad hominem attack, making reference to Floyd’s domestic violence/out-of-ring antics. A fighter’s life outside of the ring, no matter how scandalous, says nothing about their ability in the ring. Besides that Floyd’s a choir boy compared to a lot of other boxers (Ayala, Ibeabuchi, Monzon, Valero, Tyson).

          • Robert Archambault

            Go away, Flomo. The ‘science’ of boxing, seriously? Are you that fucking pretentious?

          • Joey Junger

            Name-calling is the most graceless way to admit you’ve lost an argument.

          • Robert Archambault

            No time for assholes. Blocked. Bye!

          • Mark Smith

            Joey great points and comments you are very astute and classy my good sir!!!

    • peter fr

      Robert stop over analysing your fucking boring its over by round 9 GGG takes him out

      • Koninbeor

        Grammar: The difference between knowing your shit and knowing you’re shit.

  • Ben Willis

    Did Jacobs even drop Quillin? As I remember he was out on his feet, but not dropped?

    • The Black Mamba

      He hasn’t dropped him, no, but Quillin was badly hurt. If Steve Willis had not stepped in, Jacobs would’ve leveled him.

      • Giuseppe

        Quillin was on the Astral plane by the time the fight was stopped. He was staring into infinity.

        • Floridastorm

          Yeah, but did you notice how Jacobs was punching Quillin after he staggered him. Totally amateur flailing away a la Deonte Wilder.

          • ceylon mooney

            oh yea he just flailed and nailed

            it would be kinda cool to see someone try that on golovkin

            i dug seein ortiz do it to mayweather

        • Koninbeor

          I CAN SEE FOREVER!

    • Captain Save-a-Hoe

      Quillin was on drugs.

  • The Black Mamba

    I can’t give Daniel Jacobs enough credit for taking this fight. That’s really courageous. That said, it’s a tall order to hurt GGG, especially if you don’t want to get hit on the way out. As crazy as it sounds, I think the best way to fight Golovkin is getting as close to him as possible. He delivers most of his damage while closing the distance; mid-range. He has crazy leverage on his body shots and left hooks. He always comes in mid-range because fighters try to fight him from the outside and he is able to cut the ring off so well.
    I think the worst idea ever is trying to land a bomb on him in the hope he goes down. I expect Golovkin to box and use his jab like he did against Lemieux. The left hook could be his money punch this time.

    • Stephen M

      Yeah, I’ll take the fight for a couple of million.

      • Koninbeor

        What surprises me more than anything is that Haymon allowed Jacobs to face GGG.

      • Skyler

        I would be scared shitless but I would take the fight for a couple million as well…then I’d pull a Liston and go cash my check lol

  • Abraham E. Hernández

    Everyone has a plan until they get hit.

    • Giuseppe

      Or until they load up their laptop and an ad for a porn site pops up.

      • Koninbeor

        Maybe you should focus more on making 104 thousand bucks from home part time, just 3+ hours per week. 😉

        • ceylon mooney

          maybe u should go fuck your mother

          • Koninbeor

            That was a joke, man. Wake up on the wrong side of the bed today?

          • ceylon mooney

            oh man.

            i apologize. i thought it was another spam posting.

          • Koninbeor

            No worries. I was hoping that was the case. I’ve never known you to say anything like that to anyone. 🙂

        • Giuseppe

          You’re right. Let me just fire up my laptop…. oh shit!

          • Koninbeor

            Whoever knew how true those ads really were?!

        • Skyler

          hahahaha

      • Abraham E. Hernández

        Couldn’t agree more. LOL

  • M. L. Taylor

    Some people just aren’t bothered by shots to the head. Perhaps a sustained body attack.

    • The Immortal S-Hop

      Perhaps Golovkin should’ve taken this advice.

      • M. L. Taylor

        Agreed. Could have knocked Jacobs down again, knocked him out, or at least slowed him down; the hand speed disparity was one of the things that made this outing difficult, for him. He head-hunted a lot vs Jacobs. Gennady didn’t seem too fond of Danny’s body punches

  • Joey Junger

    I think the best chin of all time still belongs to George Chuvalo. He took bombs from a who’s-who of golden age heavyweights and never went down. When people asked him about his chin, he joked and said he chewed a lot of bubble gum. When he got more serious about it, he said he did neck exercises he saw football players doing, and he even thought not having his wisdom teeth removed lent his jaw some stability. Fighters with tumbler backgrounds, who do headstands (a la Kostya Tszyu or Jamed DeGale) also seem to have good beards in general.

    I’ve heard that boxers whose jaws taper in a triangular shape are “chinny” (i.e. Amir Khan), but Carl Froch doesn’t have a square jaw and he was cast iron, so who knows?

    • Captain Save-a-Hoe

      Carl Froch was on drugs.

      • Joey Junger

        Chin-enhancing drugs?

        • Captain Save-a-Hoe

          Sure. If they could make a dick-enhancing drug like Viagra, anything is possible!

    • Skyler

      I miss the Cobra. Always entertaining.

  • Giuseppe

    I think golovkins chin could knock me out

    • Ерлан Табылдиев

      Hahaha, nice joke, mate.

  • peter fr

    Jacobs is out by round 9 if you think he is tougher than martin Murray who lasted 11 rounds think again
    that’s an accurate prediction motherfuckers

  • Floridastorm

    If you have ever watched GGG in interviews you then realize that it will be near impossible to defeat him. All of his skills, punching power, and granite chin aside, he actually loves boxing and is never happier than when he is in the ring against the best opponent possible. He loves the challenge and thinks that it’s his duty to put on an entertaining show every time. That philosophy is impossible to beat. Jacobs, although a professional fighter with adequate skills and punching power, without a doubt does not love boxing. He might love the opportunity to make loads of money doing the only thing that he knows how to do successfully, but he doesn’t love getting hit and is probably not that interested in putting on a good show for the fans. Case in point is that GGG is always right on weight a couple of days before fight time. Jacobs was 8 lbs over 160 a week before the fight. It’s not that easy to lose 8 lbs that fast as he has already lost quite a few lbs during training. Since, I believe most fighters end their training a few days before fight night, Jacobs will have to stay in the gym until the weigh in and hope that he isn’t over on the scales. Not a good confidence builder.

  • Paul Kelly

    Jacobs may have power, but he won’t be able to use it because he’s never been hit with the force that Golovkin will unleash Saturday night. Once GGG lands a few hooks to the body, Jacobs will back off and eventually get knocked out.

  • Paul Kelly

    Jacobs may have power, but he won’t be able to use it because he’s never been hit with the force that Golovkin will unleash Saturday night. Once GGG lands a few hooks to the body, Jacobs will back off and eventually get knocked out.

  • Koninbeor

    “I don’t think anyone has caught GGG clean enough, doesn’t mean that it’s not possible. Anyone, if hit right, can be hurt.”

    Best quote of the article. Don’t get me wrong, I think that GGG wins by KO. If I was putting money down, that would be my bet. But as we all know, crazy things can happen in the ring. If we all knew who would win then it wouldn’t be entertaining. They fight the fights to settle the uncertainty. I’m just hoping for a great fight.

    • Skyler

      I still think Canelo has the best chance out there. He has the power and technique, but he is probably not quick enough to catch GGG as frequently as Brook did.

      • Koninbeor

        I think Jacobs has the best shot but I can see why you’d say Canelo. I just wish they’d stop all the fuss and let him prove how good he really is… or how good GGG is. Boxing fans don’t need this to marinate until 2037.

      • ceylon mooney

        if u ignore who he is and just take into consideration his abilities, BJS on paper stands the best chance of going the distance.

        but thats ignoring a lot of reality.

        so no frickin way.

        on the “anything can happen world” i give jacobs the best chance. but probability and possibility aint the same thing.

        i think alvarez would be most competitive, but wed see another ggg steady beatdown to late TKO.

        • Martin Hall

          I don’t think we’ve really seen the best out of BJS. I’m not saying he dedicates himself fully he’s p4p heavy hitter or anything. He’s got a solid ring IQ, good set of whiskers and I’d say he’s an underrated technician. Obviously even with all those things he’s gonna be playing the points game against Golovkin (good luck with that) and I for one would be interested to see how far he could take him (a fully dedicated BJS).

          Eubank can chat shit as much as he likes, out of the two Brits my money would be on BJS going 12 with GGG over Eubank lasting more than the halfway mark.

          • ceylon mooney

            i think ur right on all this.

            i gotta add i dont think we will see the best of BJS.

  • Roberto Carlos Guerra

    Just by watching him on TV, I sometimes wonder how GGG is so effective. The way he moves appears so slow and predictable. From the outside it almost looks like he just methodically plods forward and swings for the fences, one punch after the other. He doesn’t look explosive like Roy Jones Jr or fast, with beautiful eye catching combinations like Pacquiao, and his defense doesn’t look impressive in any way, nowhere (visually) on the level of Mayweather or Lomachenko.

    But I’ve come to realize that’s what’s so freakish about him. He actually is that skillful, it’s just not so noticeable, and that’s part of what makes him so dangerous. It’s the subtle, silent footwork, the way he cuts off the ring, and the way he can fool his opponents into thinking he’s gonna make one move and then catches them by surprise. His apparent lack of athleticism is compensated by his highly undertated ring smarts that most unseasoned boxing observers are unable to catch. He’s a silent snake that slowly coils itself around it’s prey, nothing too flashy, and by the time they realize he’s much sneakier than what they anticipated, they can no longer breath.

  • Ten Count Toronto

    It’s not only about the chin, there is also the calendar. Golovkin will be 35 in 2 weeks, with over 300 pro & amateur bouts. That’s plenty old enough to deteriorating in at least some regards.

    Just because most of us haven’t had the opportunity to follow Golovking until 4 years ago doesn’t mean that his hourglass as not been running for quite some time. Yes, I now GGG takes great care of himself and hasn;t had any real professional wars, but sometimes TIME has it’s own agenda and the timing and rate of athletic decline is not entirely dependent on factors that are controlable or even observable.

    For that reason alone, any fight GGG engages in these days should be regarded as competitive if the opponent has significant physical tools & weapons.

    For what it’s worth I thought Golovkin was a hair slower and less explosive in his last couple of appearances. It didn’t matter because Brook couldn’t damage him and Wade was so many levels away that Golovkin could have been 44 and still won.

    Is Jacobs a good enough all-round package to expolit this little opening (as well as Golovkins relative lack of challenges over the years)?? PROBABLY NOT. But I wouldn’t be shoced at all by a hard fight or even an upset.

  • Ten Count Toronto

    13 years ago Golovkin won an amateur fight against Lucian Bute, who in 2004 had FASTER hands than the 30-year old versions of Brook or Jacobs, and hit much harder than either. He nailed GGG with many great shots but ultimately couldn’t keep him off and got KO’d inside the 4 round distance.

    If Golovkin’s chin is anything like it was in 2004, there’s nothing Jacobs or anyone else at 160 & 168 can do to dent it. But, 13 years is a long time, things can change.

    Golovkin does indeed have an underrated defense, with some subtle upper body movement and a quick little backpedal move. It worked great when needed against Lemieux. Against Brook, it wasn’t quick enough.

    If Jacobs comes out throwing bombs, he WILL make hard contact. The only question is can it make a big enough dent and can Jacobs handle the incoming if Golovkin able to respond.

  • Ten Count Toronto

    13 years ago Golovkin won an amateur fight against Lucian Bute, who in 2004 had FASTER hands than the 30-year old versions of Brook or Jacobs, and hit much harder than either. He nailed GGG with many great shots but ultimately couldn’t keep him off and got KO’d inside the 4 round distance.

    If Golovkin’s chin is anything like it was in 2004, there’s nothing Jacobs or anyone else at 160 & 168 can do to dent it. But, 13 years is a long time, things can change.

    Golovkin does indeed have an underrated defense, with some subtle upper body movement and a quick little backpedal move. It worked great when needed against Lemieux. Against Brook, it wasn’t quick enough.

    If Jacobs comes out throwing bombs, he WILL make hard contact. The only question is can it make a big enough dent and can Jacobs handle the incoming if Golovkin able to respond.

  • Ten Count Toronto

    13 years ago Golovkin won an amateur fight against Lucian Bute, who in 2004 had FASTER hands than the 30-year old versions of Brook or Jacobs, and hit much harder than either. He nailed GGG with many great shots but ultimately couldn’t keep him off and got KO’d inside the 4 round distance.

    If Golovkin’s chin is anything like it was in 2004, there’s nothing Jacobs or anyone else at 160 & 168 can do to dent it. But, 13 years is a long time, things can change.

    Golovkin does indeed have an underrated defense, with some subtle upper body movement and a quick little backpedal move. It worked great when needed against Lemieux. Against Brook, it wasn’t quick enough.

    If Jacobs comes out throwing bombs, he WILL make hard contact. The only question is can it make a big enough dent and can Jacobs handle the incoming if Golovkin able to respond.

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