Gennady Golovkin returns to action on March 18th, but unlike the usual ‘Triple G’ shoo-ins, this fight could be different.
Golovkin (36-0), the WBC and IBF middleweight champion, is undoubtedly the best boxer of the current era.
But he will face his toughest test to date as he goes toe-to-toe against Daniel Jacobs (32-1), the current WBA middleweight title-holder.
Here are five reasons why we think you shouldn’t miss it.
1. Golovkin himself
Like it or not, Golovkin, 34, is the most exciting fighter currently on the scene, and it is not even close.
This ruthless native of Kazakhstan puts opponents through merciless beatings like no other fighter. With 33 of his wins coming via stoppages, Golovkin is the supreme boxing talent of the past decade.
2. Jacobs – not just another victim
That being said, Jacobs is not a fighter to be taken lightly. Known as ‘The Miracle Man’, the New Yorker has the chance to perform one by beating Golovkin.
The 29-year-old is known for his punching power and speed. Do not expect this to be as one-sided as it many believe it will be…
3. Brawl at the Garden
Styles make fights, and this one has the right ingredients to be a memorable one. Both Golovkin and Jacobs have a tendency to set about demolishing opponents until they eventually capitulate.
If you’re hoping for an entertaining phone booth rock’em sock’em, at Madison Square Garden, here is your fight.
4. Biggest pay per view?
Many have criticised Golovkin for not being a major pay-per-view draw, but that might change come March 18th. The fight takes place on Jacobs’s home turf, and HBO will do everything in its power to make it sell. The consensus seems to be that this will the biggest PPV show for Golovkin so far.
5. Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez
It would arguably be the biggest and most competitive match-up to be made so far this century – Golovkin v Alvarez.
On many occasions both sides have been in talks, but nothing has come to fruition. If Golovkin steamrollers through Jacobs, a fight between the Kazakh and the Mexican absolutely has to happen without any more delays. Even Donald Trump says so…
— Augusto (@Gutosuarez) January 27, 2017