Is Danny Jacobs next for GGG?
By Hector Franco
Yesterday the boxing world went into a frenzy. It was announced by Golden Boy Promotions in a statement by Canelo Alvarez and Oscar De La Hoya that Alvarez would be vacating his WBC middleweight title. In the statement, it was said that while Alvarez was vacating the title because he would not adhere to “artificial deadlines”, he still wanted to face Gennady Golovkin. Later in the day the WBC announced Golovkin as the new WBC champion. Since knocking out Marco Antonio Rubio in October of 2014, Golovkin has been the WBC’s interim champion. Golden Boy Promotions and K2 Promotions will continue negotiations to possibly produce a fight between Canelo and Golovkin.
Since the WBC title is no longer a major factor in negotiations for a Canelo-Golovkin fight, it opens the door for the other title organizations to get involved. The WBA has come under fire the last few years for having multiple champions in all of boxing’s divisions. The middleweight division is no different. Golovkin is the WBA’s ‘Super’ champion. Danny Jacobs is the WBA’s ‘Regular’ Champion. The WBA can choose to have these two men meet to crown one WBA champion at middleweight. As stated through boxingscene.com by WBA President Gilberto Mendoza, the WBA will not interfere in negotiations for a Canelo-Golovkin bout.
If it turns out that the negotiations for Canelo-Golovkin fall through or leave it open to interim bouts before they meet, for Golovkin a bout with Danny Jacobs would be his best option. A Golovkin-Jacobs bout would be between arguably the two biggest punchers at middleweight. Golovkin has proven to be a ticket seller in New York. With Jacobs being a native New Yorker it would make sense for the bout to take place either at the Barclays Center or Madison Square Garden. There could still be an issue with the political divide in the sport as Al Haymon manages Jacobs. However, this bout would be put together because of a sanctioning body. Golovkin’s last bout was with an opponent managed by Haymon in Dominic Wade because he was his IBF mandatory. Jacobs is coming off of the biggest win of his career scoring a first round stoppage over Peter Quillin this past December. Fans are unsure if Jacobs will be willing to step in the ring against Golovkin.
The WBA will make an announcement next week as to its position regarding their title and Gennady Golovkin. Until then fans will have to wait to see if there are any more developments in the negotiations between Golden Boy and K2. While the Danny Jacobs bout for Golovkin isn’t nearly as lucrative as a bout with Canelo Alvarez, it still represents a formidable challenge against a well-known fighter. The promotion of the bout could bring more mainstream attention if Jacob’s story of how he survived Cancer and then came back to win a world title is highlighted. Fans will have to be patient to find out what happens next. If Canelo-Golovkin doesn't happen this year, Golovkin-Jacobs is a great consolation prize for boxing fans.
Donovan, J. (18, May 2016). WBA President Gives His Stance on Canelo vs. Golovkin. Retrieved May 2016, 18, from http://www.boxingscene.com/wba-president-gives-his-stance-on-canelo-vs-golovkin--104729
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