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Daniel Jacobs: I see a lot of flaws in Golovkin’s game

Daniel Jacobs says he expects to capitalize on Gennady Golovkin’s mistakes when the two meet on March 18th.

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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 took a while but Gennady Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) and Daniel Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs) finally came to terms to stage a March 18th fight, slated for HBO PPV. And speaking about how he expects the fight to play out now that it’s been signed and sealed, Jacobs says:

“This is one of those fights where anything can happen. I'm making sure I bring the best me to the table, because I definitely see a lot of flaws in his game and I definitely see me capitalizing. Obviously, there's risks to that because of his power, but this is boxing and anything can happen. We have to play our cards right, we have to adjust when necessary and we have to execute the game plan."

Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs) will be entering this title bout on a 12-fight stoppage streak since he suffered his first and only defeat at the hands of Dmitry Pirog in mid-2010. In that fight Jacobs was knocked out by a killer right hand that landed flush on the button. But Jacobs has since bounced back strong, kicking cancer’s ass as well as everyone else he’s fought along the way.

When Jacobs was pressed to reveal the specific flaws he sees in Golovkin’s game, Jacobs points straight to Golovkin’s defense.

"It's the basics. He doesn't really have a great defense and my speed enables me to elude a lot of punches, my power allows me to hurt guys. It's one of those fights where you never know what's going to happen. I'm excited to see what all the fans have to say and all the critics have to say, but this is one of those fights that the fans are winning at the end of the day because it's going to be an action packed fight."

Golovkin will head into this fight as a solid favorite to win considering his 23-consective stoppage wins, and deservedly so. But with that said, Jacobs is a more than capable fighter who is no stranger to adversity. By most, if not all, accounts, this fight won’t be going the distance either way it goes.

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