Jacobs misses weight check, unable to win IBF belt

Ross Houston
March 30, 2017

Gennady Golovkin extended his incredible undefeated streak against Daniel Jacobs on Saturday night and held on to his WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, and IBO middleweight titles in the process - but is already looking to write more history.

Unlike the other sanctioning organizations, the IBF requires fighters participating in title fights to participate in a weight check the morning of the fight at which they can not be more than 10 pounds heavier than the weight limit of the fight.

"To beat a guy like Golovkin you have to be mentally tough and what guy could be tougher than me after what I've battled?" “Of course, Billy Joe is the last one.

"Of course I am ready to fight Canelo". "I am like an animal for that fight".

Conlan will be walked to the ring by UFC superstar and fellow countryman Conor McGregor and is equally ambitious as the brash Dubliner as he looks to go down as the best Irish fighter of all time.

"After the knockdown, I told him he had to kill me", Jacobs said. "We're going in the ring to put on an awesome show".

The problem for Jacobs is that when Golovkin gets tested, he tends to respond with more ferocity.

"They want the big fight and Daniel Jacobs got X'd out", he said. That could happen in Golovkin's home country in June during the EXPO 2017 - a world's fair type event. "Triple G!" echoing through the arena.

The fight would be likely to take place in Kazakhstan or the United Kingdom, and while it's not the biggest fight that could be made - GGG v Canelo Alvarez is still topping many people's wishlists - it would certainly be a close encounter. There is also still the possibility of a long-awaited showdown with Mexican star Alvarez, but Alvarez first faces Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on May 6.

But talks have broke down before, with Golovkin giving up his WBC world middleweight title past year to then step down a division and win the WBO super-welterweight title rather than face Golovkin.

"We have to see what happens with Canelo in May, but that would be the priority", Loeffler said.

"Everybody wants this fight, I'm ready", said Golovkin.

The American thought he had taken the decision.

Jacobs, 29, of Brooklyn, tried to mix things up in the second round when he switched to a southpaw stance, but he quickly abandoned the tactic. He returned fire when others have crumbled, and many even had him winning the fight. It was the third time Jacobs had been down in his career.

As Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) retained his title for the 18th consecutive time - just two away from tying Bernard Hopkins' division record of 20 - he turned back a stiff challenge from Jacobs in one of the year's most significant fights, which matched the 160-pound division's top two fighters.

"Gennady is very excited to defend all of his titles against Daniel Jacobs in this matchup of the two best middleweights in the world", said K2 Promotions managing director Tom Loeffler.

"I thought I won it by at least two rounds minimum", said Jacobs, nicknamed "Miracle Man" after he overcame bone cancer in 2011-12 to win 10 straight fights. Could it be against Golovkin?

Golovkin likes that idea, though it wouldnt be a lucrative payday.

"Saunders is my dream fight for unifying all the middleweight titles". He is coming off of a TKO victory over Sergio Mora last September. But the round ran out before Golovkin could land another big shot. "I wasn't thinking that I needed the 12th round to win the fight". The Brighton-based boxer is the No. 5 middleweight with the IBF.

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