Jacobs says he's an A-Class fighter, will rise to occasion against GGG

December 28, 2016

By CJ Russell

Danny Jacobs has the second toughest test of his life against Gennady Golovkin on March 18th, and he knows it.

The 29 year old Brooklyn native has had a career with highs and lows.  His 2010 knockout loss to Dmitry Pirog was certainly the low.  He looked totally lost in that fight, and it seemed like it was only a mater of time before he was stopped.

Jacobs famously made a great recovery from his 2011 bout with bone cancer, and he’s had the best wins of his career since then.

His signature victory came last December against Peter Quillin.  This was thought to be a 50/50 fight, but Jacobs came out swinging for the fences and KO’d Quillin in under 90 seconds.  That was the fight that really put him back on the map.  He also defeated Sergio Mora by TKO in the second round of their 2015 fight (although Jacobs was knocked down), and then again in the seventh round of their rematch that nobody wanted, which was Jacobs’ most recent fight.

Jacobs told BoxingScene that he feels that he’s an elite fighter.  He said,”I spent my entire amateur career putting a skill together.  I want the whole world to be able to see it and not just view me as a contender or number two.  I’m an A-class fighter.  I’m a world championship level type of guy, and I have the skills to match it.  So yes, I’m waiting to show the world exactly what I have in store.”

Jacobs is rightfully the second ranked middleweight.  He has a KO percentage that rivals Golovkin’s, has some great highlight reel KO’s, and is probably the best opponent that Golovkin has faced to date.  Fans are very excited for this fight.  However, I’ve got to rain on the parade  a little bit.

I don’t think that Jacobs has the skills to give Golovkin any problems.  He was extremely reckless against Quillin and Mora the first time they fought.  He was swinging very wildly, and while that paid off against Quillin and Mora, I don’t think it’s going to fly against Golovkin.

I’d imagine that Golovkin is going to approach this fight much like how he approached David Lemieux. Golovkin’s defensive skills are pretty underrated, and I don’t think you have to look any further than the Lemieux fight to see that. Golovkin fought Lemieux a lot differently than he did guys like Kell Brook and Dominic Wade because he respected his power, and he avoided a lot of Lemieux’s punches by moving in and out and utilizing his jab.  Lemieux only connected 27% of the time.

GGG isn’t going to block punches with his face against Jacobs like he did with Brook and Wade. I think he is going to outbox and frustrate Jacobs en route to an early stoppage, and I don’t think it will be competitive.  Maybe Golovkin will let Jacobs back into the fight for entertainment purposes like he has been known to do, but I don’t think the “Miracle Man” is going to be able to pull off a miracle here.