Golovkin has won all 36 of his professional bouts so far; with 33 coming inside the scheduled distance – an incredible record. The middleweight division isn’t as strong as it was a decade or so ago but Golovkin is still a country mile above his rivals. In fact, most of his competitors have deliberately avoided fighting the dominant Kazakh star.
In the end, Golovkin had to agree to take on British welterweight Kell Brook in London back in September. On that occasion, the Kazakh ended the fight in the fifth round with his 23rd knockout in a row; and Brook, moving up two weights, was beaten badly by the heavier and more experienced fighter. It wasn’t much of a contest but at least Brook had the guts to give it a shot.
Jacobs is widely regarded as one of the leading contenders in the middleweight division and, like Golovkin, he has a solid record under his belt. His only defeat came back in 2012 and the American has responded well since; winning all 12 of his fights by knockout. With two big hitters in the ring, neutrals will be hoping for fireworks on fight night.
At the time of writing, Golovkin is as short as 1/10 with Betway to beat Jacobs and it is hard to envision the Kazakh man falling short. He is in the prime of his career and the 34-year-old is just too strong, too quick and too clever for his opponents. HBO have labelled the bout as “Middleweight Madness” but Golovkin will be hoping for a comfortable, clean victory.
With three belts up for grabs, Golovkin is putting everything on the line but he will be full of confidence ahead of the bout. He is comfortable with the Madison Square Garden setup and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the Kazakh romp to yet another knockout triumph on March 18th. Set a reminder on your calendars; you won’t want to miss this one...