3 Things We Can Take Away From Golovkin vs. Jacobs
The debate over Gennady Golovkin’s unanimous decision win over Daniel Jacobs last Saturday in New York continues to wage on, with factions of fans divided on the outcome.
For those wanting to see the fight again, Jacobs included, your pleas will go unanswered, as the original contract did not include a rematch clause, thus making the chances of that happening slim to none. Not to mention Golovkin and his promoter, K2 Promotions, have made it very clear they are looking forward to future matches against Billy Jo Saunders and Canelo Alvarez.
What happens next for GGG and Jacobs? Only time will tell. In the meantime, here are three things we can take away from Saturday night’s middleweight showdown.
When You Come For The king, You Best Be A Boxer.
Punchers have tried, brawlers have tried, but the biggest challenges to GGG have come from boxers. As we saw in the second half of the fight, Jacobs brought himself within inches of victory not by slugging away or over-aggression, but with a sustained, calculated exhibition of boxing that Golovkin struggled at times to defend against. Not to mention the effective use of a southpaw stance, a key adjustment that kept Jacobs’ durable chin out of harm’s away.
Golovkin Wasn’t “Exposed,” But Rather “Humanized.”
To say Golovkin was ‘exposed’ is a leap. The defending champion did connect with power punches, one of which sent Jacobs down in the fourth round and manage to do just enough to remain champion. What was evident was Jacobs’ ability to humanize Golovkin. He out-worked and out-landed the unified champion for stretches during the bout. In the end, it was the knockdown that made the difference.
Canelo vs Golovkin? Still No Guarantees.
We’ve seen promoters sign tentative agreements contingent on both opponents winning separate bouts (i.e. Sergey Kovalev vs. Andre Ward), but that’s far from the case here. Golovkin has been chasing the redheaded sweepstakes for roughly a year, while Golden Boy maintains Golovkin either take a flat-rate offer or no deal. While K2 states they are willing to take any concessions to make the fight happen, they are stopping just short of signing off on a flat-rate financial package. Can’t blame them, the fight stands to make a gazillion dollars, so why get locked into what could potentially be short money?
Whether fans agreed with the outcome or not, the general consensus is that fans were treated to a good, competitive fight that exceeded expectations–a result that’s not only great for the fighters, but for the sport as a whole.