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WBA gives 7-day deadline for Golovkin-Jacobs negotiations

The slow-rolling negotiations between Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs might have to speed with a new deadline.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

It feels like the negotiations to stage a middleweight fight between Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs has been dragging on forever. But it appears the WBA is now seeking to officially speed up the process by ordering a seven day deadline for the sides to come to an agreement yesterday, as reported by RingTV. The one caveat here is that is wasn’t made clear if the WBA would immediately order a purse bid once the deadline hits.

Both Golovkin and Jacobs have been in talks to stage a fight since Golovkin dispatched Kell Brook in early September. Golovkin currently holds the IBF, WBC, and the WBA’s “super” middleweight title, while Jacobs holds the WBA’s “regular” title.

The WBA had already pushed back previous purse bids for this fight to give both Golovkin and Jacobs time to come to terms on their own, but it appears they are now trying to prod them into finalizing.

Tom Loeffler, who promotes Golovkin, remains steadfast in his belief that the sides will hash out a deal before a purse bid becomes necessary, but we shall see...

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