The boxing Gods have finally smiled upon us.
Gennady Golovkin's next fight will be against Daniel Jacobs at Madison Square Garden on March 18. For those who have complained about GGG's opponents being over-matched nobodies, this should be just what the doctor ordered.
As a matter of fact, GGG-Jacobs just might be better than the rumored clash between GGG and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. Blasphemy, you say? Allow us to retort.
Let's start with the obvious: Jacobs is a real middleweight and has been one since his professional debut in 2007. He won't be the smaller man when the two step into the ring and is far from a tomato can that casual boxing fans might try to label him as. Honestly, if you casually watch boxing and don't know about Daniel Jacobs and his "Miracle Man" narrative, you need to watch more boxing.
No, Jacobs is not as well known as Canelo, but his talent is undeniable. Sporting a record of 32-1 with 29 knockouts, he has a higher knockout percentage than his redheaded counterpart (90% vs. 71%). When combined with GGG's record of 36-0 with 33 KOs, you get 68 wins with one loss and an astounding 62 knockouts.
Suffice to say, this will likely not go the distance.
Jacobs has been a prime talent every since he debuted in 2007. He was a force to be reckoned with until he suffered his first loss against Dimitri Pirog in 2010. However, as far as excuses go, his was passable. His grandmother had passed a week before the fight and his head was clearly not in the game heading into that fight. But his most difficult challenge came in the form of osteosarcoma, a life-threatening form of bone cancer.
He was diagnosed in 2011 and managed to overcome the disease and make it back into the ring a year later. Since then, Jacobs has been on a roll. He's 12-0 with twelve straight knockouts.
And he hasn't been rolling a batch of bums, either. He demolished Sergio Mora , who had never been stopped in his entire career, in his last outing. Before that, a highly anticipated showdown with Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin ended abruptly as Jacobs annihilated Quillin inside of a round. It was a savagely one-sided demolition that announced that Jacobs was for real.
When the possibility of GGG-Jacobs was brought up, boxing fans salivated over the possibilities. However, the reality that this fight may not happen began to sink in when the two sides couldn't come to an agreement for a December 10th showdown. With Golovkin desperately needing a viable opponent and Jacobs mowing down just about every other middleweight not named Golovkin, the two sides hunkered down and secured a deal that would find Jacobs earning a career high payday and, more importantly, get the opportunity to dethrone the man that many think is unbeatable.
As much as we want to see the Canelo-GGG fight, this fight should be every bit as good, if not better. Their styles mesh well as we find two disciplined boxers with a penchant for turning the lights out on their opponents. You'll be hard pressed to find either in a boring fight and with so much to prove, chances are that neither will play it conservative on March 18.
Yes, the biggest fight in boxing is still Canelo-GGG, but that has more to do with popularity than skills. GGG-Jacobs is every bit as good and is going to be worth every dime to watch on HBO PPV.