Here’s what The Boxing Tribune staff has to say about this Saturday’s Gennady Golovkin-Daniel Jacobs middleweight title clash:
Jacobs will need to take risks if he is to land anything meaningful and this means engaging in a fire-fight-type exchange as is his wont. However, GGG will be prepared and will blow the Miracle Man away early.
Caryn A. Tate
Gennady Golovkin is a tremendous all-around fighter with superb ring-cutting ability, great footwork and balance, excellent accuracy, and as everyone already knows, devastating natural punching power. Perhaps the single most impressive skill GGG displays is his ability to quickly and effectively cut the ring off on the most elusive of opponents in order to deliver his punches. When he first appeared on HBO in the United States a few years ago, a few experts pointed out that “his defense is his offense,” implying that, while Golovkin didn’t move his head or evade punches as efficiently as some, he didn’t need to because his offense was so overwhelming. In his last couple of fights, when Golovkin took a lot more punches than he used to, it’s becoming questionable whether his offense is enough at this point. In his past few fights, it looks like he may be slowing down just a bit and perhaps showing signs of slight decline. He turns 35 in three weeks, and we haven’t yet gotten to see him face a top-level opponent who is also still at their best; but on Saturday, he faces Daniel Jacobs, who is strong, fast, tenacious, and in his prime. Jacobs is also a great all-around fighter and an accomplished amateur, having won the New York Golden Gloves championships four times (no small feat in that locale). Jacobs has good footwork, a strong defense, excellent power, and speed. He’s also two inches taller than Golovkin and has a 3-inch reach advantage.
But just as pressure can burst pipes, it can also build character, the kind Jacobs revealed in overcoming cancer.
He has displayed astounding character and willpower when he overcame osteosarcoma, which rendered him penniless and unable to walk. Jacobs showed through that experience that he can accomplish the most difficult and seemingly impossible tasks through sheer force of will, with seemingly superhuman fortitude.
I think Jacobs will draw on that fortitude on Saturday night and upset Golovkin in a split decision or unanimous decision victory.
The call here is that Gennady Golovkin fights his way out of a points deficit early, wears Jacobs down late and beats him up to close the show which, to the surprise of many, goes the distance with Golovkin winning clearly and competitively
It’s easy to blurt out that Gennady Golovkin straight out KO’s Danny Jacobs, when actually, it MIGHT take awhile. Jacobs, if he is wise, should box early and not go “all in” on Golovkin like he did during the Quillin fight, or it’s a swift good night Danny. Boxing, (not to be confused as RUNNING) will work well for Jacobs, and test the Golovkin endurance, and his footwork. Movement will allegedly keep the heavy handed GGG enough off balance for Jacobs to possibly land some decent counters and create some of his own offense. He must also resist the temptation to exchange in toe to toe battle. There will be some firefighting, and that will have lasting effects on Jacobs. For all of Jacobs wise efforts, Golovkin is patient, reminding me of the villain from No Country For Old men- he’s not going away, and he brings potential doom with every movement. He is adept at setting traps and luring his opponents to danger. Mid to late rounds, GGG is going to get his chance when Jacobs strays too close to the ropes or a corner, and he will finish what he started in the earlier back and forth exchanges- his body work will pay the dividends, and I predict a GGG TKO.
While it’s true that Jacobs has some assets that make him, at least on paper, a bigger threat to Golovkin than anyone he’s ever faced before, the liabilities and question marks are too big to ignore.
As I wrote HERE:
“Jacobs, for all his athleticism, has never been one to execute a consistently well-crafted game plan, nor has he really had to. His own paper-thin resume makes Golovkin’s look deep by comparison. There’s also some doubt as to his ability to take a heavy punch—something that could prove to be a virtual death sentence against Golovkin.
All in all, Saturday is an exercise in how close you can get to a true challenge without it actually being a true challenge. At the very least, though, there’s a hint of danger for the heavy betting favorite, which is a big step up from what we usually get on a Gennady Golovkin fight night.”
My Pick: Golovkin TKO Round 7 or 8.