Jacobs says he really beat Golovkin, who he thinks beat Canelo.
As IBF middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs) closes-in on his middleweight title unification with Canelo Alvarez (51-1-2, 35 KOs) this weekend on DAZN, the Brooklyn titleholder says there’s no doubt that he’s the best middleweight in the division — particularly after his showing against Gennady Golovkin back in 2017.
Jacobs went tooth-and-nail with Golovkin when they faced off that year, in a hotly contested fight that saw Golovkin struggle to dominate for the first time in his career. The fight had a fair bit of back and forth action, and at the end of 12 rounds there was a lot of debate on who deserved the nod.
Golovkin officially took the win by barely edging out a unanimous decision on scorecards of 114-113, 115-112, and 115-112, while BLH was split on our unofficial scorecards that had Golovkin winning by a point (114-113) and Jacobs edging out a win on the other scorecard (115-112).
So speaking to Sky Sports on the middleweight pecking order, Jacobs says:
“One hundred per cent I’m the best middleweight out there right now,” declares Jacobs, passion in his breathless voice as he takes a brief respite from another demanding training session. “I went in there with Golovkin, the monster who no one wanted to face, and most would agree that I was the one who boxed better throughout and that my hand should’ve been raised. Golovkin has then gone on to defeat Canelo twice in my opinion, and although the official results say otherwise, I take a lot from my fight with Golovkin, and Golovkin’s fights with Canelo to believe that I’m the best middleweight there is right now. May 4th in Vegas is when you see me make it official.”
Jacobs clearly took an immeasurable amount of confidence from the Golovkin fight, believing in his heart of hearts that he really won that fight and vindicating his high skill level. And with Canelo going on to fight Golovkin twice after that, earning a draw and a close majority deision win in fights Jacobs believed he really lost, Jacobs obviously rates himself at the top of the heap.
Of course we all know triangulation doesn’t exactly work in boxing, ao Jacobs will have to make his point in the ring this Saturday night.