Jacobs Doesn’t Attend IBF Weigh-In
One less title will be on the line tonight during the big showdown between unified middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs.
Daniel Jacobs failed to participate in the same-day weigh in earlier today. As a consequence, while the WBA, WBC, and IBO middleweight titles will all be on the line, Jacobs will be unable to win the IBF middleweight title. According to a statement from the IBF to ESPN, Golovkin will still lose the IBF title if he loses to Jacobs, but Jacobs cannot win the belt.
"Golovkin is defending his IBF title, however, Jacobs cannot acquire the title with a victory because he did not participate in the required IBF same-day weigh-in," IBF championships chairman Lindsey Tucker told ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael.
Both fighters weighed in under the 160-pound limit on Friday, however, the IBF is unique in that the fighters weigh in the morning of the fight.
Rafael notes, however, a possible benefit for Jacobs by skipping the IBF weigh-in, stating: "Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs), owner of the WBA’s secondary title and Golovkin’s mandatory challenger, is a naturally bigger man and apparently made the decision not to constrain himself following the weigh-in, which will allow him to rehydrate and be stronger on fight night."