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Golovkin vs. Jacobs: Big Garden ‘Drama Show’
Undefeated and unified WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin is quickly closing-in on Bernard Hopkins’ all-time world middleweight title record of 20 consecutive title defenses. Golovkin has successfully defended his 160-pound championships 17 times dating back to 2008.
Golovkin’s upcoming 18th middleweight title defense is amongst his very biggest. On Saturday, March 18, Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) returns to Madison Square Garden, New York City to defend his title against Daniel Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs).
Although Golovkin, one of boxing’s best fighters, is a tremendous draw at the Garden, he is fighting Jacobs in Jacobs’ hometown of New York City. Jacobs, from nearby Brownsville in Brooklyn, NY, grew-up in one of the roughest neighborhoods in the nation. The chance for Jacobs to fulfill his dream of becoming the undisputed world middleweight champion in his hometown at the “World’s Most Famous Arena” of Madison Square Garden on HBO Pay-Per-View is an opportunity of a lifetime.
“I’m excited about facing Gennady and proving I’m the best middleweight in the world,” Jacobs said. “On March 18th I’m bringing all the belts back to Brooklyn with me.”
Known as boxing’s “Miracle Man,” Jacobs was diagnosed with having had cancer several years ago. Jacobs was confined to a wheelchair, as he was unable to walk. Miraculously, Jacobs defeated the cancer that was killing him and resumed his boxing career in October 2012.
Jacobs, in his last 12 fights, has knocked out his last 12 opponents. Jacobs’ biggest win was a pair of stoppages against Sergio Mora, as well as, a shocking first-round blitz of former undefeated WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin one year ago. Jacobs fought three times in 2015, only once in 2016 (a disappointing year for boxing overall), but will be more than ready for the biggest fight of his career against Golovkin.
With Jacobs having won 12 straight by KO and Golovkin having knocked out his last 23, while chasing the all-time world middleweight consecutive title defense record of 20, Golovkin-Jacobs will be one of the most explosive fights in all of 2017.
“I love fighting at Madison Square Garden, it feels like my second home”, said Golovkin. “Danny is a great fighter, one of the best middleweights and a big test for me. I look forward to another ‘Big Drama Show’ in New York City.”
Golovkin isn’t kidding when he says that Madison Square Garden is his second home. Four of Golovkin’s 17 world middleweight title defenses occurred at the Garden. Amongst his most memorable was when he KO’d David Lemiuex in October 2015 to unify the WBA/IBF/IBO middleweight championships.
In his last bout in September, Golovkin, in a special “champion vs. champion” contest, defended his 160-pound titles against previously unbeaten IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook at the O2 World Arena in Brook’s native in London, England. Golovkin-Brook engaged in a very entertaining contest, but Golovkin’s power proved too great, as Brook’s corner stopped fight.
“We’re very excited to promote this outstanding matchup of the two best middleweights in the world, Gennady Golovkin and Danny Jacobs,” said Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions. “It doesn’t get any better than this, the World Middleweight Championship at The Mecca of Boxing, it’s truly going to be a memorable evening.”
Golovkin-Jacobs tickets are priced at $1000, $600, $400, $300, $200 and $100, are currently on sale at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.thegarden.com.