Daniel Jacobs’ trainer Andre Rozier is taking out all the stops to make sure his fighter comes out the winner against middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin on March 18. Rozier is moving his training camp with Jacobs over to Oakland, California to work at trainer Virgil Hunter’s gym. Rozier says Andre Ward will be there, as will Andre Berto and a number of fighters.
Rozier is extremely confident that Jacobs, 29, will beat Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) on March 18 in their fight at Madison Square Garden in New York. Golovkin vs. Jacobs will be televised on HBO PPV in front of a national audience in the U.S. There will be a lot of boxing fans ordering this fight on PPV. Hopefully, it creates more sales than Golovkin’s first effort on pay-per-view against former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux in October 2015. That fight was said to have brought in only 150,000 buys on HBO PPV.
If Jacobs doesn’t win, then it won’t be due to lack of preparation on his part. Virgil Hunter is the man behind making Andre Ward a huge star at super middleweight and now at light heavyweight. Hunter will be giving Jacobs pointers during training camp. Hunter won’t be the main guy in Jacobs’ corner, but he’ll be assisting on directing him to take advantage of the flaws that he sees in Triple G’s game.
Hunter will help Jacobs exploit the flaws in his Golovkin’s game. Golovkin could be in trouble on March 18 if Hunter can help him like he did Ward in his recent win over light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev. Hunter came up with then perfect plan for Ward to beat the stronger and bigger Kovalev, and it worked perfectly.
Rozier said this to RingTV.com about his thoughts on the Golovkin-Jacobs fight:
“We’re not going to Madison Square Garden and coming up short. We’re winning this fight,” said Rozier. We’re going all the way. Virgil has given us the opportunity to work out of his gym. And Virgil and I are like family. He’s like my big brother. I call him that, and of course, we’ll be in the gym together. So I know every once in a while, he’ll whisper something in my ear. It’s going to be fantastic.”
Some boxing fans would point out that Virgil Hunter didn’t do such a great job with his fighter Amir Khan in his match against former WBC middleweight champion last year. Khan was knocked out in the 6th round by Canelo. Hunter isn’t a miracle worker. Khan made a mistake by getting sloppy against Canelo, and he paid a price. But, Khan was moving up in weight from the welterweight division for that fight, so you can’t put the blame on Hunter for him getting knocked out. It was a longshot for Khan to win that fight from the moment the contract was signed.