Indeed, in taking on WBA "regular" titlist and cancer survivor Daniel Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs), Golovkin has once again affirmed his desire to seek out the most risky competition willing to face him. Golovkin is the holder of the WBC, WBA, IBF and IBO middleweight belts.
"It was like a street fight to me", Golovkin said.
It's most likely going to be an intense confrontation. Jacobs is capable of landing a hard punch that can shock Golovkin and his deceptive defense might prevent "GGG" from connecting on one of his effective hooks. Golovkin, though, is a generational champion. Jacobs is the legitimate #1 contender to Golovkin's throne. The main event obviously promises extreme tension and the potential for a firefight, but the undercard is also compelling. His power often belies his supreme boxing skills which earned him a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games, and an AIBA World Championships gold medal.
Golovkin-Brook was a massive fight in the United Kingdom, but it didn't get the boxer from Kazakhstan fired up. "We're seeing he is a smaller middleweight compared to the guys he's fighting".
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"I know he has good boxing IQ". However, Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs), owner of the WBA's secondary title and Golovkin's mandatory challenger, is a naturally bigger man and apparently made the decision not to constrain himself following the weigh-in, which will allow him to rehydrate and be stronger on fight night (HBO PPV, 9 ET).
Some believe Saturday night's middleweight unification bout will go the distance. "And I definitely think I bring all those attributes to the table". This, combined with his 12 fight knockout streak, makes him a unsafe contender - however, odds makers have installed him as a 5/1 underdog. Why? Jacobs' best shot of winning could well be to box, not to try and slug it out with the champ. This is a fight he should easily win and this will be the beginning of a career that Top Rank expects to take off very early. Jacobs is from Brooklyn, where he has a relationship with Barclays Center, but he has fought previously at the Garden as a pro and as an amateur.
As mentioned above, both Paddy Power and Betfair are offering all new customers 5/1 enhanced odds on Golovkin to win the fight. After receiving treatment for over a year, he re-entered the ring 17 months later and less than 2 years after that, fulfilled his dream of becoming a world champion. Jacobs has very good balance, a solid chin and can knock out his opponents with either hand.
Victory over Jacobs would keep alive hopes of a super-fight with Mexican sensation Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, who fights compatriot Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.in Las Vegas on May 6.