Former IBF/WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto sees the March 18 fight for WBA ‘regular’ middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs) against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) as being a good test for the 29-year-old Jacobs. Golovkin-Jacobs will be televised on HBO PPV at Madison Square Garden in New York. Golovkin is the favorite in the fight, but Berto sees it as a big test for both guys.
Jacobs is coming off of a 7th round knockout win over Sergio Mora last September. That was the unneeded rematch between the two fighters. Jacobs had already stopped Mora in the 2nd round in August 2015. Instead of finding a new opponent for him to defend his World Boxing Association title against, they matched him against Mora a second time in a title-milking move.
Golovkin defeated welterweight Kell Brook by a 5th round eye-socket busting TKO win on September 10 in London, England. Golovkin was hit a lot in the fight, because was looking for a knockout and putting himself in the line of fire the way knockout artists typically do.
Berto said this to Fighthype.com about his thoughts on the Golovkin vs. Jacobs fight:
“It’s going to be a nice little test for him,” said Berto about Jacobs’ fight against Golovkin. “They praise him [Golovkin]. He fought Kell Brook, and there are a lot of questions. This is the fight game, and you’re only as good as your last performance. But I think it’s going to be a good fight for him though, because Danny Jacobs is a legitimate world champion, and he can crack. He’s technical all around the board. He’s technically sound. I think it’s going to be a good test for him as well. Danny’s been waiting it for a while,” said Berto.
Golovkin has the boxing skills and the power to make this a very easy fight.
It’s a good test for Golovkin, but I’m not sure that it’s going to go well for Jacobs. I have a feeling that he’s going to cave in fairly quickly in this fight once Golovkin starts unloading on him with his right hands and left hooks. Jacobs is easier to hit to the head than Brook, and he doesn’t seem to take the shots too well. Even if Jacobs does handle Golovkin’s punching power, he might have problems with a cut or perhaps even broken bones if he gets hit hard enough.
The results of this fight will have huge ramifications for a match against Saul Canelo Alvarez for GGG. Jacobs hasn’t been mentioned for Canelo, but he might if he can pull off an upset by beating Triple g.