Both Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs have been out of action for about six months. Coupled with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s insistence that he isn’t an actual middleweight and Billy Joe Saunders’ own activity, the middleweight division has been largely on hold.
It’s currently a particularly top-heavy division in the first place, so tying up a good half of the top 10 makes any stagnation all the more noticeable.
Finally this weekend two of middleweight’s best fighters meet in what could prove to be an explosive bout between two punchers. Golovkin and Jacobs have told their stories on the various pre-fight programs HBO has prepared ahead of this weekend’s Pay-Per-View, and they have made their separate vows to steal brain cells from one another. Golovkin is rightly the heavy favorite, but when two legitimately heavy punchers meet, the old “anything is possible” trope in boxing takes on new meaning.
On the PPV undercard and again opening up for Golovkin is Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, the consensus best fighter in the world. His opponent, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, is an unknown quantity with a high knockout percentage, and Gonzalez is in the midst of staring down several personal issues away from the ring. If ever there were a time that Gonzalez could turn in an understandably disappointing performance, this could be it.
Then again, “Chocolatito” could simply remind us why so many people in boxing believe him to be pound-for-pound the best fighter on the planet and score an impressive win.
This week on Knuckles and Gloves Boxing Radio, author and filmmaker Brin-Jonathan Butler again teamed up with Patrick Connor, and this time they previewed Golovkin-Jacobs, talked about Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko, relived David Lemieux’s knockout of Curtis Stevens and more.
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