The biggest question heading into next Saturday night’s middleweight showdown between unified champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) and Daniel (Miracle Man) Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs), is whether or not Jacobs will be able to take Golovkin’s punches.
Gennady Golovkin opened as a (-800) betting favorite and Daniel Jacobs as a (+500) underdog. The odds would be closer if there wasn’t serious doubt on if Jacobs can take Golovkin’s power.
GGG has knocked out 23 consecutive opponents and seldom loses rounds. His knockout victims include Martin Murrary, Daniel Geale, David Lemieux and, most recently, welterweight champion Kell Brook, who was previously undefeated. His knockout percentage of (91.66) is the highest in middleweight history.
Jacobs only professional loss came in July of 2010 when he was knocked out in the fifth round by Dmitry Priog. Since that loss, he’s won his last 12 fights and won his battle with cancer.
But his chin has shown vulnerability by being knocked down by light punching Sergio Mora in the first round of their first fight in August of 2015. Mora has nine knockouts in 35 professional fights. So if he can drop Jacobs with a clean shot, you can just imagine what Golovkin can do if he catches Jacobs clean.
If Jacobs can withstand Golovkin’s power he has a great chance of winning and becoming the best middleweight in the world. If he can’t then he’ll be number 24 on Golovkin’s knockout streak.