Team Everlast athlete, Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin shook hands at the Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden, today on January 10, 2017. On March 18, they will be touching gloves to determine the four belt (WBA, IBO, IBF and WBC) Middleweight Champion. Also on the card will be Team Everlast athlete, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzales, who will be fighting Wisaksil Wangek from Thailand. This is rumored to be his toughest fight yet. These fights will be featured on HBO PPV. Tickets are on sale, starting at $100.
At the press conference today in NYC, Joel Fisher, executive vice president of Marquee Events and Operations for MSG, thanked WWE for agreeing to move their event and for understanding how historic this fight will be. The last boxing match at MSG was in October of 2015 when Golovkin won the IBF belt from Lemieux. This bout was supposed to take place in December 2016, but negotiations ran long.
Managing Director of K2 Promotions and GGG’s manager, Tom Loeffler said this is the “fight that sells itself”. Both Daniel and Gennady are immensely respectful of each other, their past opponents, and the sport of boxing. This press conference didn’t have any ill words spat at one another, but rather displayed what exemplary role models they are for boxing. When asked which of his opponents was the hardest hitter, Golovkin responded, “I’m not sure because I’ve never been knocked out, but maybe next fight. Who knows?”
— Everlast (@Everlast_) January 10, 2017
It was widely acknowledged that this fight will not go the distance. These two fighters have the highest TKO percentages; Jacobs (32-1) with 29 KOs and Golovkin (36-0) with 33 KOs. Keith Connolly, Jacob’s manager and friend, said, “Whoever comes out on top will be the superstar of boxing. Halfway through the second round, everybody will realize he’s in there with a different Daniel Jacobs, a different animal.”
While rumors contested that Jacobs didn’t want the fight and neither did Golovkin, both camps and fighters confirmed that was never the case. Both fighters want the fight. Daniel added, “Before the WBA mandated this fight, I had called GGG out after I fought Mora.”
Peter Nelson, HBO, noted GGG has fought boxers and punchers, but has never fought Daniel who is a boxer and puncher. Danny has never fought anyone like GGG.
It is sure to be the fight of the year, one you cannot miss, so mark your calendar now:
When: March 18
Where: Madison Square Garden, NYC
Who: GGG VS Jacobs
Watch it on: HBO PPV