So, will Gennady Golovkin dispose of his toughest foe to date in Daniel Jacobs, or will the Brooklynite rock Triple G with his authentic middleweight power? While Golovkin has been one of the most avoided fighters of the past few years, he has faced a few legitimately hard opponents like Kell Brook, David Lemieux and Daniel Geale - all former world titlists.
"Right now we have had a lot of time to prepare for a good performance". The three-belt titlist offered a better explanation for his lackluster outing - he was just bored. Most boxers would be happy about that outcome.
Jacobs has studied Golovkin's past fights backwards and forwards, and he's seen a number of major flaws in his game that he intends on capitalizing on to hurt him. "But I believe he does have the speed to get off first, the sharpness and accuracy to land, and the intelligence to put together effective combinations which could have a very positive reaction from his opponent". "It doesn't take away what I bring to the table".
As Tyson fights were anticipated as pre-determined knockouts, Golovkin is once again tipped for the luxury of an early night in what could prove the gateway to a long-awaited sequence of career-defining bouts.
For several years now, Gennady Golovkin has earned the reputation of being the sport's most feared puncher. Jacobs would be doing what he did to Peter Quillin by going after Golovkin to take him out in lightning precision tonight. A signature bout to give his detractors who don't buy the hype. Aware of the great experience of his rival Jacobs, Golovkin has made one of the best preparations of his life, undergoing a very progressive weight loss during the last month. But Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs) has demonstrated power throughout his career, and he enjoys the notion of being the bigger man.
This could be a calculated move on Jacobs' part to bypass the mandated Saturday-morning weigh-in, thereby refusing to constrain himself for what is by far the biggest fight of his career.
"He is one of the most unsafe for me", Golovkin says. "This is boxing, and it's all about putting your punches together perfectly".
"Danny Jacobs is 6' tall, has 73" reach and is regarded as highly athletic.
The Irishman - who will be accompanied to the ring by UFC star Conor McGregor - takes on Tim Ibarra at the Garden, 24 hours before Golovkin and Jacobs collide. After the official weigh was in, "Triple G" came in weighing at 159.6 lbs while Brooklyn's own Daniel Jacobs weighed in at 159.8lbs. With all due respect to an fantastic story in Jacobs, I expect Golovkin to win this fight by technical knockout closer to the eighth round of the fight.
In 2011, Daniel Jacobs was not able to walk. "He is the first guy in a while since maybe (David) Lemieux and (Curtis) Stevens that got Gennady fired up".