With no other choice but to take the fight or risk being stripped of his title by the World Boxing Association, WBA World middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs) is fighting IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) on March 18. Jacobs has talked a lot about him seeing areas in Golovkin’s game in terms of his lack of defensive skills that he plans on capitalizing on in their fight on HBO PPV at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Jacobs has never fought anyone like this before, and there’s a good chance that he may choose to run from Triple G when he gets inside the ring.
What could change things in this fight is the addition of Virgil Hunter to Jacobs’ training team. While some people the boxing world seen Hunter as more of a motivator/philosopher than an actual trainer, he’s done a great job as the trainer/mentor for Andre Ward. Hunter has a lot of ideas that he could come up with to help Jacobs give Golovkin problems in this fight.
Some of those ideas may involve tying Golovkin up to prevent him from getting his shots off. Jacobs won’t do that all the time, but he’ll likely do it enough to slow Golovkin down when he gets close and is trying to land his power shots on the inside. It’s hard to know what other ideas Hunter will have for Jacobs.
It’s in Jacobs’ best interest to be seen by the boxing fans at least trying to make a fight of it on March 18. If Jacobs runs from Golovkin, it’s going to look bad, especially if he winds up losing the fight. It’s always better for a fighter to be seen trying to make a fight of it rather than just giving up and getting on a bike for 12 rounds.
Golovkin is going to chase Jacobs if he has to. He’s not going to let him get away. Golovkin is very good at getting to his opponents when they go into the rabbit mode. Jacobs tried running when he fought Dmitri Pirog seven years ago in their fight in 2010, and things didn’t work out too well for him. Pirog was able to cut off the ring on Jacobs and knock him out with a right hand to the head. Golovkin will be attempting to do the same thing if Jacobs reverts to form and is just trying to box his way to a 12 round win.