Even the most avid boxing fan will admit that 2016 was a disappointing year, but with Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs, watch out for 2017.
The biggest of the fights that have been announced is the middleweight showdown between WBC, WBA, IBF, and IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KO’s) taking on Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs).
The fight will take place on Saturday, March 18, at the World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden on HBO pay per view.
This fight is between the two best middleweights in boxing and considering they have a combined 62 knockouts. It’s unlikely this fight will go the distance.
Golovkin, who is on everybody’s top five pound-for-pound list, has knockout 23 consecutive opponents. He has the highest knockout ratio for any middleweight champion in the history of boxing. His most notable wins are against Kell Brook, David Lemieux, and Martin Murray. On March 18, however, he will face his toughest opponent yet.
Jacobs’ career got off to a fast start as the native from Brooklyn won 22 out of his first 23 fights. Then, in May of 2011, he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a life-threatening form of bone cancer that left him temporarily paralyzed. Surgery and an arduous rehab program followed before he was given the green light to resume his boxing career.
He returned to the ring in October 2012 and knocked out Josh Lutheran in the first round. Since then, he’s won nine fights which have led him to the biggest fight of his career against Golovkin.
Golovkin is favored to win but nobody is counting out Jacobs. This fight has the potential to be the fight of the year. It will be bombs away from the opening bell.