By Keith Idec
LAS VEGAS – Daniel Jacobs doesn’t expect Gennady Golovkin to fight him again, definitely not any time in the foreseeable future.
If Golovkin beats Canelo Alvarez on September 16, an immediate rematch with the Mexican superstar could tie up Golovkin for more than a year from now overall. Even then, Jacobs doesn’t think Golovkin will embrace a rematch with him because Jacobs gave Golovkin such a tough time March 18 at Madison Square Garden.
“I think they might avoid me, to be honest with you,” Jacobs told BoxingScene.com. “I think I’m a lose-lose situation. “I think I’m too much of a risk, no reward. In my opinion, Triple-G the fighter probably wants to rematch me, because in his heart he wouldn’t be able to retire without defending such a controversial decision.
“So we’ll see what happens. I’m not expecting it. I’ll push for it. I’m definitely gonna push for it. In my opinion, I’ve done enough to have big fights with other fighters in the middleweight division because even with this loss, we still proved that we’re the best and we can take over the middleweight division.”
Brooklyn’s Jacobs was a huge underdog against Golovkin, despite that the former WBA middleweight champion was 32-1 and had knocked out 88 percent of his opponents before their fight. He overcame a fourth-round knockdown against the Kazakh knockout artist and ended Golovkin’s 23-fight knockout streak.
Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) won a unanimous decision, but his win was considered controversial, as many boxing fans and reporters believe Jacobs (32-2, 29 KOs) won their 12-round fight. Jacobs lost 115-112, 115-112 and 114-113, but boxing as well as he did and giving Golovkin so much trouble enhanced Jacobs’ reputation.
“I feel like I won the fight because I feel like I did enough,” Jacobs said. “He definitely landed a lot more jabs than I did, but I landed a lot more combinations and power punches than he did. Now if you’re judging the fight based on the jab, then yeah, he won the fight. But it’s the overall package. If you go back to [the knockdown], it really wasn’t a legitimate knockdown. But you have to score it because it was [from] a punch.
“I can’t cry about me being off-balance because that’s the name of the game. It comes with the territory, so I understand those two points. But as I’m scoring the rounds, I mean, I’m being as neutral as possible – but I’m still giving me rounds, close rounds, that I feel like I deserve, that I feel like I edged out. He didn’t have that momentum. He didn’t have the crowd into the fight. You didn’t see the same Triple-G fight that you normally see.”
If the 35-year-old Golovkin ever gives him a rematch, the 30-year-old Jacobs suspects it’ll come at a time when Golovkin doesn’t resemble the middleweight monster we’ve seen for the past 4½ years.
“I think if I do [get a rematch] it’ll be at the very end of his career,” Jacobs said. “And then when I knock him out, I probably wouldn’t get the credit then. It would be a losing situation for me, but in my heart I’m happy with the fact that I proved to myself that that night I’m the best middleweight in the world.”
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.