Canelo Won't Skip IBF's Second-Day Weigh-In for Golovkin Fight


By Keith Idec

Gennady Golovkin was as surprised as anyone when Daniel Jacobs didn’t show up for the IBF’s second-day weigh-in March 18 in New York.

Jacobs never revealed that he had no intention of meeting the 170-pound limit that morning for his middleweight title fight against Golovkin that night at Madison Square Garden. Golovkin got on the New York State Athletic Commission’s scale at 169.6 pounds that morning, whereas Jacobs put on as much weight as he and his nutritionist, Chris Algieri, saw fit during the 38-plus hours that passed between the official weigh-in the morning of March 17 and the time their fight started the next night.

Jacobs (32-2, 29 KOs) estimated he weighed 178 pounds on fight night. Golovkin guessed that he weighed 170 pounds when the bell rang.

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Golovkin still was able to beat Jacobs by unanimous decision in a very competitive 12-round title fight (115-112, 115-112, 114-113).

Canelo Alvarez is likely to out-weigh Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) when they get in the ring next month, too. Unlike Jacobs, though, Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) will adhere to the IBF’s rule that prohibits champions and challengers from adding more than 10 pounds above their division’s limit by the morning of a championship fight.

Robert Diaz, a matchmaker for Golden Boy Promotions, confirmed during a conference call Monday that Alvarez will fight for Golovkin’s IBF 160-pound championship when they square off September 16 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas (HBO Pay-Per-View). They’ll also fight for Golovkin’s IBO and WBA titles, but Alvarez has been adamant about his unwillingness to fight for the WBC middleweight championship.

The IBF implemented second-day weigh-ins as safety precautions so that boxers who participate in fights for its world and regional titles are limited in how much weight they can gain by the morning after official weigh-ins. The WBA, WBC, WBO and IBO don’t conduct second-day weigh-ins.

The Mexican superstar’s beef with the Mexico City-based sanctioning organization has been going on since Alvarez declined to fight Golovkin last year and gave up the WBC’s 160-pound crown.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Verus on 08-18-2017

[QUOTE=j.razor;17959525]If you get a chance to watch that fight again you will see golovkin stop punching when Jacobs punches back. golovkin has no defense & does not like them body shots plus he is wide open for upper-cuts. golovkin has…

Comment by j.razor on 08-18-2017

[QUOTE=Verus;17955058]I agree with you. I think Danny showed GGG too much respect. He did very well when he exchanged. The Canelo fight might be interesting because Canelo is going to invite those exchanges. Let's see how GGG reacts with someone…

Comment by Vlad_ on 08-18-2017

[QUOTE=j.razor;17959449]Jacobs should fight saunders & get that title.....[/QUOTE] Yup, that would be great leverage for a shot and a decent payday.

Comment by j.razor on 08-18-2017

[QUOTE=Vlad_;17953890]Maybe. I wouldn't mind seeing the rematch. But in the meantime Jacobs should go fight someone else as well. GGG's schedule is full at the moment...[/QUOTE] Jacobs should fight saunders & get that title.....

Comment by Shadoww702 on 08-16-2017

[QUOTE=harwri008;17955423]I never understood why people make those claims. He's stocky but he's not that tall. At 180 he would look like a monster or just fat. He doesn't look like either on fight nights.[/QUOTE] I've seen him in person. Hes…

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