Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs both were on their target weights today at the weigh-in for their World Boxing Association middleweight title showdown on Saturday night on HBO PPV at Madison Square Garden in New York. Golovkin’s weight was at 159.6 compared to Jacobs at 159.8. Golovkin looked shorter and more compact.
These are not going to be the final weights that the two fighters come into their fight at on Saturday night on March 18 at Madison Square Garden. The two fighters will no doubt be rehydrating, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see them both at least 5-15 pounds heavier than they came in today. Jacobs has the better chance of bulking up in the 24 hours before the fight, because his 30-day weight was at 174. That’s a huge hint that he’s going to be very big by the time he enters the ring. Golovkin’s 30-day weight was 165. It’s quite possible that we’ll see Golovkin and Jacobs at those weights tomorrow night.
With all the hype that surrounds Golovkin, he would be knocked back to square one if he loses to Jacobs on Saturday. A knockout loss for Golovkin would be disastrous for his chances of getting a mega-fight later this year against Saul Canelo Alvarez.
Roman Gonzalez (46-0, 38 KOs), the WBC super flyweight title holder, weighed 114.6 today. He’ll be defending his World Boxing Council title against Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (41-4-1, 38 KOs). Sparks will be flying between these two on Saturday night, believe me. Rungvisai weighed 114 pounds. There wasn’t much animosity between them during the stare down. Gonzalez looked like he wasn’t mentally into the stare down. It was a very quick face off, as Gonzalez turned away after briefly looking into Rungvisai’s eyes. It appears that Gonzalez doesn’t believe in trying to frighten his opponents before he gets into the ring with them by staring them down the way other fighters do.
Other weights on Saturday’s Golovkin-Jacobs card:
Carlos Cuadras (115.6) vs. David Carmona (115.8)
35-1-1, 27 KOs 20-3-5, 8 KOs
Ryan Martin (134.6) vs. Bryant Cruz (135)
17-0-0, 10 KOs 17-1-0, 8 KOs
Andy Lee (160) vs. KeAndrae Leatherwood (159.4)
34-3-1, 24 KOs 19-3-1, 12 KOs