One final major fight just might get added to the 2016 boxing calendar after all. According to a report published on BoxingScene Wednesday by Keith Idec, the pieces may have fallen into place for a December showdown on HBO between undefeated middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and top contender Daniel Jacobs.
According to Idec, multiple sources have informed BoxingScene that the thumb injury sustained by Saul Alvarez in his stoppage last weekend of Liam Smith will force him out of a scheduled December date and free up enough money in HBO’s boxing budget to make Golovkin vs. Jacobs viable.
This is terrific news for boxing. Golovkin and Alvarez have both spent the year to date facing opponents who posed no legitimate threat to them. Meanwhile, Jacob’s only fight this year was a relatively meaningless rematch with Sergio Mora.
Golovkin and Jacobs are both head-and-shoulders above the rest of the division, while Alvarez is still technically the lineal champ at middleweight, even if he has resolved to remain at 154 pounds for the time being. These guys need to be fighting each other. The sport only thrives when the best fight the best.
The WBA has already ordered Jacobs as a mandatory opponent for their share of Golovkin’s crown. Furthermore, he is the opponent all true fans want to see the Kazak destroyer face next.
While Golovkin managed to stop welterweight champion Kell Brook inside of five rounds, Brook’s ability to out-land GGG when exchanging in the pocket has made the thought of Golovkin-Jacobs all the more intriguing. Like Brook, Jacobs is a skilled and athletic fighter. But he is also a full-sized middleweight, with legitimate middleweight punching power.
There is no question that Golovkin would be the favorite for this one. But unlike any other fight he has had since emerging as one of the sport’s big stars, he would not be a prohibitive favorite. Jacobs has the tools to give Golovkin a tough, tough fight, and possibly even beat him.