GGG, Mr. Excitement, Faces a Real Challenge in Daniel Jacobs

In the middle of a Los Angeles area arena parking lot Gennady “GGG” Golovkin stood flanked by dozens of fans signing autographs and posing for photos graciously and patiently.

Among those eagerly waiting their turn were African Americans, Latinos, Russians and others gathering around like a mini United Nations convention.

Though Golovkin hails from Kazakhstan, a country located above Iran and near Russia, the middleweight champion attracts fans of all races and nationalities.

The reason is simple: he’s Mr. Excitement.

Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) faces his stiffest test when he defends his middleweight titles against Brooklyn’s Daniel Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs) on Saturday March 18, at Madison Square Garden in New York City. HBO pay-per-view will televise.

“It’s much more interesting because he is a champion,” said Golovkin. “He’s a true middleweight.”

One of the rarest achievements in prizefighting occurs when a boxer from another country attains fandom and adoration worldwide, not just his native country.

The last to achieve this in boxing was Philippine’s Manny Pacquiao who filled more than 40,000 seats in Dallas when he fought Antonio Margarito. Before Pacman, you have to go to Mike Tyson to find someone who could draw thousands of fans from another country.

One common factor is they constantly provide excitement with their ability to blow out opponents in convincing fashion.

Golovkin has steamrolled competition 23 consecutive times since 2008 when Amar Amari was able to remain standing and hear the final bell in an eight round fight. Can you imagine if it were 10 or 12 rounds?

Will Jacobs be number 24?

The Brooklyn middleweight known as “the Miracle Man” has his own knockout streak since suffering his only loss by knockout to Russia’s Dmitry Pirog in 2010. Jacobs has his own dirty dozen straight KO list.

Between the pair of middleweights 35 consecutive opponents have been rendered unconscious or unable to continue.

“Obviously Gennady has someone in front of him that he has a lot of respect for. Someone who can crack,” said trainer Abel Sanchez.

Back in October 2015, “Mr. Excitement” Golovkin last faced a similar dangerous middleweight in Canada’s David Lemieux. That ended in a knockout on the same Madison Square Garden boxing ring that this fight takes place.

“Madison Square Garden is my home,” says Golovkin, adding that he’s already fought there four times.

Expect the same knockout result. But who really knows who emerges victorious.

That’s the reason knockout punchers become favorites. They’re like human cherry bombs that can blow up things or blow up in your face. And when you put a pair of cherry bombs together anything can happen. One fuse can burn too quickly or another may have too long a fuse.

But everyone loves the sound of a cherry bomb going off and the anticipation.

No fear

Jacobs has already tasted defeat and more than that, he’s met death face to face and emerged intact.

The story of Jacobs and his bout with cancer is well known. Withstanding regular doses of chemotherapy is a test in itself. Once you’ve gotten a taste of your own mortality the fear factor has been eliminated. It’s gone. You know more than anybody else your life can end tomorrow or any second.

It’s why Jacobs has no fear of Golovkin.

“I wanted this fight,” said Jacobs while in Los Angeles. “He can be beat.”

Jacobs has no undefeated record to protect. In fact, he’s eliminated the Os of several undefeated opponents to get to this point. Now he’s after the biggest gun and the baddest of the undefeated in Golovkin.

Golovkin, like Jacobs, really has no fear.

“He’s dangerous for me,” said Golovkin of Jacobs. “He’s a great man and very good as a boxer.”

The fellow known as “Triple G” has built a wide fan following that crosses all continents with his willingness to face and fight anyone in the middleweight division. If they weigh 160 pounds then they are the enemy. It’s why fans from Mexico, Philippines, Japan, Australia and in the United Kingdom can be seen wearing baseball hats with “GGG” emblems.

Small children who might not be able to read can be seen walking the streets of Mexico City with “GGG” hats and t-shirts.

In Golovkin’s native Kazakhstan, he’s already reached legendary status.

People love to see a fighter with no fear because each of us has fear of losing our jobs, being unable to pay bills, or just getting beat down in life.

But when someone like Golovkin comes along, someone from humble beginnings like billions of others and just keeps knocking out the competition, the everyday man takes a liking to him. They all feel a part of him as if he actually fights for them.

Golovkin is Mr. Excitement.

Now, Golovkin has a willing and experienced partner on the big stage in Jacobs.

Last year, a long list of fighters claimed to want to meet Golovkin in the boxing ring including Saul Alvarez, Chris Eubank Jr., Billy Joe Saunders, and others. But only Kell Brook and Jacobs signed the dotted line on the contract.

“Both guys are going to get hit,” said Sanchez who’s trained Golovkin for nearly seven years. “Anything can happen. Jacobs is a good fighter.”

Jacobs has that coolness and confidence that comes from knowing he’s faced death and the reality of it.

“Triple G has been on my radar for about two years. I knew this opportunity would come,” said Jacobs. “He’s great at what he does, an extremely powerful fighter. But it takes a strong mind to defeat Gennady Golovkin and I believe I have that.”

Golovkin’s radar goes up when he hears things like that.

“It’s really interesting for me because he wants to fight me,” says Golovkin.

No fear means excitement.

Both believe in what they do.

Tecate offer

Tecate beer, one of the major sponsors, is offering rebates for the Golovkin-Jacobs fight. Here are the details:  When you buy two Tecate or Tecate Light 12-packs and send in your HBO PPV proof-of-purchase, you’ll receive $20 back. Or, when you buy one Tecate or Tecate Light 12-pack and send in your HBO PPV proof-of-purchase, you’ll receive $15 back.

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COMMENTS

-stormcentre :

It's interesting, as Triple, lately, hasn?t really fought anyone as good as Jacobs. Usually K2 steer well clear of anyone that's;


A) Not recently been beaten.
B) Completely comfortable with middleweight.
C) A champion (and knows what it take to be/stay one) in their own right.
D) In their prime.
E) Demonstrated decent power against decent opposition.
F) Demonstrated decent speed and shown they can strategically use it.
G) Demonstrated a decent defence.

As playing the game that way usually ensures that even if Triple runs into some problems he still wins and has a good chance of doing so by KO. Which doesnt hurt the revenue and sponsorship deals. And you could say that Jacobs hits almost (but not) all the above points ("A" - "G") right on the head. So, Jacobs is arguably Triple's first real live middleweight challenge then? But, then there is the fact that all Jacob's opponents (and best performances) appear to be noticably less than Triple. Looking at Jacobs best opponents, none of them come close to what Triple represents. But then, the same can be said for almost all of whom Triple has professionally faced too. Brook is a good operator, and probably (weight aside) in the same class as Jacobs in my view. But, even Kell himself has not had much experience with elite fighters; and that hurt him when he fought Triple. I like to look at the preparation of fighters if I can. Lucky for me that I know a few Eastern Bloc cats, so I get to hear how Jacobs sparring partners are going with him - as well as how Triple is fairing. None of this 24/4 crap - just the real deal. Triple spars, runs, trains, eats, sleeps, breathes, and lives at about 6750 ft; and - just as much as it (and global geography) played a part in his overly agressive and sloppy approach to taking Brook out - that counts. Sure there are some indicators there (with Brook) that can't be easily pushed aside; but I wouldn't read too much into Triple's sloppyness with Brook. As, in my opinion Triple simply didn't respect Brook's power, wanted to bash him, and as such he threw defence/caution to the wind. Triple?s hemoglobin count (as I stated here in this forum before the Gennady Golovkin V Kell Brook fight) would have also dictated to Triple what style he chose to fight Brook in too. Back to the training; Jacobs (whom is training in Pennsylvania) currently does his runs through the Pennsylvania mountains, and at best they're around 2300 ft. Les than half of where Triple trains, sleeps, eats, and rests. Not sure whether altitude or hypoxic training meaningfully features anymore than with runs within Jacob's camp. Triple doesnt need to use his preparation camp to lose weight or get fit - just to fine tune; and that matters. Jacobs is, to some extent, probably the same in that he comes to camp without too much weight to loose, but to what extent and whether it equals what Triple has cardiovascularly achieved is another question entirely. As, Gennady's lungs and red blood cells (training, sleeping, and resting) almost never get a break from the low oxygen count of Big Bear; and that counts too. Triple's training camp runs include high <6000 ft altitude runs uphill; with some sprints. Additionally, his regular (in/out of camp) brisk short/medium distance "runs" also include running with hand weights; still in the high altitude. Brisk short distance "runs" with even light hand weights at ground level soon becomes unpleasant; last time I checked. I'm not sure Jacobs will be putting in the effort like that and/or whether his body would adjust if he did. As, any short/medium distance "runs" that involve high altitude (< 4000 ft) and running with hand weights is lot harder than (even how hard) it sounds. I'm not sure Jacobs sparring will really prepare him for Triple?s style and strength, either. Sure the Eastern Bloc fighters he has in his camp won?t do his preparation too much harm; but they?re styles, subtleties, and strengths are different. Plus, Triple?s core strength and stamina is off the charts in equal measures to how his goofy looking and looping supinated puches arc through the air in a slightly overhand manner so that it doesn?t matter whether or not your gloves are up/protecting. Still, that could provide some counterpunching opportunities for Jacobs; and he does have a nice leading/counter hook. Yep, there?s no doubt Jacobs is a reasonably sound fighter. But I just don?t know how he takes it on the chops just yet; but my bet is that Gennady Golovkin suspects the answer to that question is; ?not to pleasantly?. Ever notice how most Eastern Bloc fighters dont really have strength and conditining coaches? Notice also how much of the boxing scene has, these last 10 years, been transformed with Eastern Bloc fighters? Well, most of the answer to the first question and part of the answer to the second is; becasue their strength and conditioning routine - that was instilled into them from their amateur days - was/is such that most external/outsourced strength and conditioning routines involving other team members would not come close to them. That's why the Eastern Bloc fighters on the amateur scene were always so strong; core strength matters in boxing - as it's closest to the bone and slows you down far less than superficial muscles/strength. Jacobs; whom is reasonably big and strong, and is no doubt in top shape and ready, still represents a risk that is probably greater than Brook and Triple's 3 previous opponents before him, though. Danny does have the size, speed, skills, and talent to make a better job of it than Brook and some of Triple's other opponents - but does he have the durability to absorb punishment and stay focussed all whilst he delivers enough power/shots on Triple to control him, the scorecards, and the fight? Looking at the above-mentioned differences and also the differences in their amateur and professional careers, and even considering how K2 likes to match Triple soft, it's still hard to say anything other than; "probably not" to that question. Triple's punch resistance in the amateurs was alsmost ungodly. He could chose to carelessly use it to get into position when/if he wanted - or he could box superbly without taking too much heat and shots, and do it that way. Either way, you knew that almost always if there was a shoot out - no-one hit as hard and took a shot like Triple; and that is one reason why he always won. The other was - as his amateur win/loss record shows - he knows what he's going in there and rarely gets meaningfully flustered. I think Danny can hit him hard enough to get his attention and respect. Not sure if Jacobs can do it all night though and after he's been hit and the late rounds set in. Jacobs (aside from standing his ground here and there) certainly plans to box and move; it's embedded into his fighting style. Furthermore, even if it?s not completely embedded into his fighting style - to some extent it will be when he fights Triple. And whilst that (boxing and moving) seems like a good idea, I am not sure all that movement will serve Danny, his co-ordination, his stamina, and his legs in the latter rounds; if it gets there. So, even though Jacobs probably represents the best that Triple has professionally fought; he doesn't present anything that Triple hasn't seen before. Conversely, Triple represents the best that Jacobs has professionally fought and he does also present something that Jacobs hasn't seen before. So the question is; does Danny have the whiskas to match his much vaunted power and absorb the force of nature that's heading his way, and does he have the nervous system to keep himself and his gameplan in check? Anything is possible, but it?s unlikely. Cheers,
Storm. :) :) :)


-stormcentre :

It's interesting, as Triple, lately, hasn?t really fought anyone as good as Jacobs. Usually K2 steer well clear of anyone that's;


A) Not recently been beaten.
B) Completely comfortable with middleweight.
C) A champion (and knows what it take to be/stay one) in their own right.
D) In their prime.
E) Demonstrated decent power against decent opposition.
F) Demonstrated decent speed and shown they can strategically use it.
G) Demonstrated a decent defence.

As playing the game that way usually ensures that even if Triple runs into some problems he still wins and has a good chance of doing so by KO. Which doesnt hurt the revenue and sponsorship deals. And you could say that Jacobs hits almost (but not) all the above points ("A" - "G") right on the head. So, Jacobs is arguably Triple's first real live middleweight challenge then? But, then there is the fact that all Jacob's opponents (and best performances) appear to be noticably less than Triple. Looking at Jacobs best opponents, none of them come close to what Triple represents. But then, the same can be said for almost all of whom Triple has professionally faced too. Brook is a good operator, and probably (weight aside) in the same class as Jacobs in my view. But, even Kell himself has not had much experience with elite fighters; and that hurt him when he fought Triple. I like to look at the preparation of fighters if I can. Lucky for me that I know a few Eastern Bloc cats, so I get to hear how Jacobs sparring partners are going with him - as well as how Triple is fairing. None of this 24/4 crap - just the real deal. Triple spars, runs, trains, eats, sleeps, breathes, and lives at about 6750 ft; and - just as much as it (and global geography) played a part in his overly agressive and sloppy approach to taking Brook out - that counts. Sure there are some indicators there (with Brook) that can't be easily pushed aside; but I wouldn't read too much into Triple's sloppyness with Brook. As, in my opinion Triple simply didn't respect Brook's power, wanted to bash him, and as such he threw defence/caution to the wind. Triple?s hemoglobin count (as I stated here in this forum before the Gennady Golovkin V Kell Brook fight) would have also dictated to Triple what style he chose to fight Brook in too. Back to the training; Jacobs (whom is training in Pennsylvania) currently does his runs through the Pennsylvania mountains, and at best they're around 2300 ft. Les than half of where Triple trains, sleeps, eats, and rests. Not sure whether altitude or hypoxic training meaningfully features anymore than with runs within Jacob's camp. Triple doesnt need to use his preparation camp to lose weight or get fit - just to fine tune; and that matters. Jacobs is, to some extent, probably the same in that he comes to camp without too much weight to loose, but to what extent and whether it equals what Triple has cardiovascularly achieved is another question entirely. As, Gennady's lungs and red blood cells (training, sleeping, and resting) almost never get a break from the low oxygen count of Big Bear; and that counts too. Triple's training camp runs include high <6000 ft altitude runs uphill; with some sprints. Additionally, his regular (in/out of camp) brisk short/medium distance "runs" also include running with hand weights; still in the high altitude. Brisk short distance "runs" with even light hand weights at ground level soon becomes unpleasant; last time I checked. I'm not sure Jacobs will be putting in the effort like that and/or whether his body would adjust if he did. As, any short/medium distance "runs" that involve high altitude (< 4000 ft) and running with hand weights is lot harder than (even how hard) it sounds. I'm not sure Jacobs sparring will really prepare him for Triple?s style and strength, either. Sure the Eastern Bloc fighters he has in his camp won?t do his preparation too much harm; but they?re styles, subtleties, and strengths are different. Plus, Triple?s core strength and stamina is off the charts in equal measures to how his goofy looking and looping supinated puches arc through the air in a slightly overhand manner so that it doesn?t matter whether or not your gloves are up/protecting. Still, that could provide some counterpunching opportunities for Jacobs; and he does have a nice leading/counter hook. Yep, there?s no doubt Jacobs is a reasonably sound fighter. But I just don?t know how he takes it on the chops just yet; but my bet is that Gennady Golovkin suspects the answer to that question is; ?not to pleasantly?. Ever notice how most Eastern Bloc fighters dont really have strength and conditining coaches? Notice also how much of the boxing scene has, these last 10 years, been transformed with Eastern Bloc fighters? Well, most of the answer to the first question and part of the answer to the second is; becasue their strength and conditioning routine - that was instilled into them from their amateur days - was/is such that most external/outsourced strength and conditioning routines involving other team members would not come close to them. That's why the Eastern Bloc fighters on the amateur scene were always so strong; core strength matters in boxing - as it's closest to the bone and slows you down far less than superficial muscles/strength. Jacobs; whom is reasonably big and strong, and is no doubt in top shape and ready, still represents a risk that is probably greater than Brook and Triple's 3 previous opponents before him, though. Danny does have the size, speed, skills, and talent to make a better job of it than Brook and some of Triple's other opponents - but does he have the durability to absorb punishment and stay focussed all whilst he delivers enough power/shots on Triple to control him, the scorecards, and the fight? Looking at the above-mentioned differences and also the differences in their amateur and professional careers, and even considering how K2 likes to match Triple soft, it's still hard to say anything other than; "probably not" to that question. Triple's punch resistance in the amateurs was alsmost ungodly. He could chose to carelessly use it to get into position when/if he wanted - or he could box superbly without taking too much heat and shots, and do it that way. Either way, you knew that almost always if there was a shoot out - no-one hit as hard and took a shot like Triple; and that is one reason why he always won. The other was - as his amateur win/loss record shows - he knows what he's going in there and rarely gets meaningfully flustered. I think Danny can hit him hard enough to get his attention and respect. Not sure if Jacobs can do it all night though and after he's been hit and the late rounds set in. Jacobs (aside from standing his ground here and there) certainly plans to box and move; it's embedded into his fighting style. Furthermore, even if it?s not completely embedded into his fighting style - to some extent it will be when he fights Triple. And whilst that (boxing and moving) seems like a good idea, I am not sure all that movement will serve Danny, his co-ordination, his stamina, and his legs in the latter rounds; if it gets there. So, even though Jacobs probably represents the best that Triple has professionally fought; he doesn't present anything that Triple hasn't seen before. Conversely, Triple represents the best that Jacobs has professionally fought and he does also present something that Jacobs hasn't seen before. So the question is; does Danny have the whiskas to match his much vaunted power and absorb the force of nature that's heading his way, and does he have the nervous system to keep himself and his gameplan in check? Anything is possible, but it?s unlikely. Cheers,
Storm. :) :) :)


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-Kid Blast :

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 well prepared and will blow the "Miracle Man" away early. Anything is possible, but it’s unlikely to be different than the above IMO.


-Kid Blast :

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 well prepared and will blow the "Miracle Man" away early. Anything is possible, but it?s unlikely to be different than the above IMO.