GGG's promoter: GGG-Jacobs talks are going positively
November 28, 2016
It’s honestly pretty crazy that this fight hasn’t been made yet, but here we are.
Danny Jacobs was supposed to fight Gennady Golovkin at the end of this year as his mandatory challenger for his WBA title, but after Jacobs wouldn’t accept a 75-25% purse bid split, talks stalled. 75-25 is the standard rule for purse splits for the WBA. Jacobs appealed to try to get a higher percentage, but since this isn’t really an out of the ordinary situation, his request was denied.
Now, Golovkin’s agent Tom Loeffler told the LA Times that talks have begun trending in a positive direction, and that a deal could be made early next month. The fight could be at Madison Square Garden March 18th on HBO. He and Al Haymon, Jacobs’ manager and PBC mastermind, are supposed to continue discussions this week.
LA Times also reported a pretty tasty possible co-main event for the fight. A rematch between Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez and Carlos Cuadras. If you haven’t seen their September 10th fight, I would definitely check it out, it was a brawl. I would love to see the rematch, which could really go either way.
So hopefully Golovkin-Jacobs can get made soon. It is really unfortunate that it’s taken so long, because you would think it would be an easy fight to work out. Why Jacobs thinks he should be entitled to more much more than the standard 25% is beyond me, especially since he’s facing a guy who has defended the belt a whopping sixteen times. I just really hope this doesn’t get dragged out past March so that GGG can move on to bigger and better things.
After the tentative fight with Jacobs, it’s going to be interesting to see what he’ll do next. It seems like every fighter in the world has said they want to fight him (James DeGale, Billy Joe Saunders, even Andre Ward said today he’d fight him at 175, which is very doubtful), and you know that the Canelo fight is in the back of everyone’s mind. With any luck, Golovkin will score a huge fight at some point next year.