We’re now just about a month away from the big middleweight showdown between Daniel Jacobs and Gennady Golovkin — but as Jacobs learns that Golovkin is in the midst of working on a June 10th fight against fellow middleweight titlist Billy Joe Saunders, he believes Golovkin is making a fatal mistake and tells RingTV all about it:
“For them to overlook me like that, there’s no way that can be good for them,” Jacobs told RingTV.com on Monday night from his training camp in Oakland, California. “No way whatsoever is that good for them mentally to already be prepping for another fight.”
Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler doesn’t have much to say about any possible negotiations with Saunders, but it’s no secret that Golovkin has long been after every major middleweight title, one of which Saunders currently holds.
So Jacobs feels that the news actually benefits him and views it as a sign that things are all coming together for him to make a huge upset. And to be clear, most fans expect Golovkin-Jacobs to be a good fight, but Jacobs is the decided underdog heading into the bout.
“I’m super-duper not supposed to win this fight in the eyes of the public and in the eyes of his team and everybody else and I truly in my heart believe I will win this fight. So for me, it’s going to be a great story. Everyone loves those comeback stories and for them to be doing all these things and for him to be touted as the boogey man and he’s one of the most feared guys in boxing and he’s sparring with light heavyweights and dropping them — all this stuff you can possibly imagine, I’m just telling you — mark my words, it’s going to bite them in the ass.”
Any additional confidence/inspiration Jacobs draws from this can only make for a better fight on March 18th, so in that sense I’m all for it. Fans want nothing more than to see both fighters leave it all in the ring.