Unified Middleweight World Champion Gennady Golovkin is one of the hardest-hitting, and best pound-for-pound boxers in the world, finishing all but four of his opponents.
After a June 2008 decision win, Golovkin had stopped everyone that came in his path, scoring KO after KO. But that came to an end back in March, when Daniel Jacobs managed to go the distance with Golovkin and provide a strong showing. Some people gave Golovkin a lot of criticism for failing to finish Jacobs, and Golovkin wants to ensure that will not happen again against Canelo Alvarez on Sept. 16.
This anticipated fight became official following Alvarez’s win over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. back on May 6. And while Golovkin has said he respects Alvarez, he wants to ensure they are in two different leagues.
In fact, Golovkin said if he had knocked out Jacobs, Alvarez would not have taken the fight.
“I am not Julio Cesar Chevez Jr. and Canelo is no Danny Jacobs,” Golovkin said. “There are no survivors in my fight. Boxing is a business. If I look great against Jacobs, if I knocked him out, I would not be getting this fight with Canelo now. Jacobs was a very good fighter and gave me good learning experience going 12 rounds. I had never done that before. I felt amazing going 12 rounds for the first time. Jacobs gives everyone problems.”
Abel Sanchez, Golovkin’s trainer, backed up his fighter’s words, claiming the middleweight champ had more to give when facing Jacobs.
“Danny Jacobs is the second-best middleweight in boxing,” Sanchez said. “It was a tough fight because the two best in the middleweight division were fighting each other. The matchup was as good in the ring as it was on paper. Jacobs also gamed the system by skipping the IBF’s mandatory fight-day weigh-in where the fighters are only allowed to gain 10 pounds from the previous day’s official weigh-in. Gennady, as defending champion, honored the IBF’s rule and weighed-in the next morning. Who knows how heavy Jacobs was the night of the fight? But even with that advantage, Gennady was able to win. Jacobs was easily one weight division heavier than Gennady.”
Golovkin and Alvarez meet in a unified middleweight title fight on Sept. 16 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Original story: Yahoo