Roy Jones Jr. of HBO says he thinks Gennady Golovkin should fight a rematch against Daniel Jacobs next rather than move forward with a fight against Saul Canelo Alvarez. Jones Jr. thinks the Golovkin-Jacobs fight was close enough for them to warrant a rematch between them. Golovkin won the fight by a 12 round unanimous decision by the scores 115-112, 115-112, and 114-113. HBO’s unofficial scorer Harold Lederman had Golovkin winning as well.
Golovkin was the one doing most of the pressuring in the fight. The 12th round was considered the crucial round, but it really wasn’t because 2 of the judges scored it for Jacobs. As it turns out, the important rounds for Golovkin were the first 6 rounds, as he built up a significant lead during that portion of the fight.
Jacobs kept chipping away at the lead in the last half of the fight, but he wasn’t able to do quite enough to get the win.
“I definitely want to see a rematch,” said Jones Jr. about Golovkin vs. Jacobs. “That’s the fight to make before you go Canelo, because we don’t know what’s going to happen with Canelo. That could turn out to be this type of fight. If it does, then why not let this happen again. Let that happen again, and then let the winners emerge and fight one another again. That’s what’s wrong with the sport of boxing. We don’t get enough of doing this again. We should do it. We want to wait and do other things for money purposes instead of putting the best man in the ring against the best man. Let’s let the best fight the best until someone proves that they’re the best, and Daniel proved it tonight. This has been the best opposition for him. Put Daniel back in there and let’s see him do it again,” said Jones Jr. about wanting a rematch between Golovkin and Jacobs.
The punch stats suggest that Golovkin won the fight by outworking Jacobs. There’s no real reason for Golovkin to jam his career into reverse to fight Jacobs again just to please Roy Jones Jr. The money fights are against Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders. Facing Jacobs a second time would be a redundant move by Golovkin. If Jacobs wanted to win, he should have fought harder and protected his chin better. Getting knocked down in round 4 by Golovkin isn’t a good way of winning the fight.