Jacobs: I’m GGG’s First Real Test
Gennady Golovkin has been the most feared middleweight in boxing for years, but there has been one knock on the Kazakh power-puncher’s resume: the quality of his opponents. That will change early in 2017, as Golovkin faces his most formidable opponent to date in Danny Jacobs.
Though he knows what a tough task he has ahead of him, Jacobs believes that Golovkin’s thunderous punching power is the only advantage the undefeated champion has over him.
“I do believe that I have the best assets,” Jacobs told Boxing Scene. “The only thing I believe he has over me might be power. But if he has A-plus power and I have a B-plus, I still can hurt you. That’s still not that bad. I do think that, overall, offensively and defensively, I am the better fighter. I just have to make sure everything is in tune and I stay sharp come fight night.”
It’ll take that, and then some, to convince the odds-makers he’s ready.
Golovkin is a significant favorite, as he has been in all of his recent title defenses. But there is a growing sentiment that Jacobs presents a true test that will prove whether or not Golovkin is deserving of his reputation as a pound-for-pound great in the sport.
The underdog concedes the challenge of “Triple-G” represents a step up from the Caleb Truax, Sergio Mora (twice) and Peter Quillin track he’s been on since the start of 2015, but suggests a healthy fear of the task at hand presses him to prepare more thoroughly than for any previous test.
“This is definitely the pinnacle. This is the toughest challenge that I’ve ever had in my career,” he said. “I’m scared to death. Who wouldn’t be? This is the biggest challenge that you can have, and me saying I’m scared isn’t a bad thing because being a human and being an athlete you have to have that fear to make you train harder or put yourself in positions to where you can overcome. That fear can get you through a lot.
“I’m not fearful of Triple-G the person or the fighter, but just what they made him out to be. I’m training according to that and what I see. So, yeah, I’m training like I’m the most terrified guy in the world and that’s going to make me the most hungry. My reflexes are going to be on point. They say a scared fighter sometimes can be the most dangerous fighter out there. I’m looking forward to going in there and being scary.”