Golovkin Promoter Won't Predict PPV Numbers for Golovkin-Jacobs

The 34-year-old Kazakhstani has knocked out 33 of his 36 opponents in an unbeaten career - including Britain's Kell Brook in five brutal rounds at the O2 last September with three of his four world middleweight titles at stake. Lee weighed right on the division limit of 160 pounds. But Jacobs won't give him the openings Lemieux did, and when you combine that with Golovkin looking maybe just a tiny bit past his absolute peak.

Jacobs has now recruited the help of Amir Khan's trainer Virgil Hunter, who is currently working with Britain's Nicola Adams.

I think the Brook fight was uncharacteristically sloppy by Golovkin (in a fight he still easily won anyway), but the matchmaking itself was already freakish thanks to Chris Eubank Jr. and his father teamed up to royally screw themselves. Jacobs is a fighter and a man who is simply impossible to dislike. There are just too many layers for Jacobs to get past for me to think he's going to win.

He has displayed astounding character and willpower when he overcame osteosarcoma, which rendered him penniless and unable to walk. He can deliver that power too, using the Fitzsimmons Shift and the Soviet school bursting Chelnok attack (out-in-out); beautifully, nearly without squaring up to his opponent.

CT: The biggest/best fight for GGG is Canelo [Alvarez], but outside of that GGG-Jacobs is next!

My prediction is that Danny Jacobs leads on the scorecards early, only to succumb to the pressure of GGG later in the fight, making for an exciting dynamic in which GGG is chasing Jacobs down with the titles on the line.

Cuadras, who has a big personality, drew cheers from the crowd when he stepped off the scale and began shadowboxing as he shouted, "I'm very fast, I'm strong, and I'm very handsome!" It's a win-win for boxing fans: either Danny Jacobs pulls it off and becomes the unified champion to punctuate a storybook comeback from cancer, or GGG continues his march toward the megafight with Canelo Alvarez this fall. Either way, this should be a heck of a fight.

"I have seen him hit someone 100% with protection on but I have never seen him hit someone 100% in a fight". Caleb was ranked something like 12th or 15th in the world at that time, but it was obvious that Jacobs was a tremendous talent. I don't think that's enough for a Jacobs win, but I do think it's enough to snap the KO streak and force Golovkin to deal with the scorecards for the first time in 9 years. He is the polar opposite of Floyd Mayweather, always willing to take a punch to deliver two. "It doesn't take away what I bring to the table". Tomorrow may be the night when it finally happens.

  • Julie Sanders