By Peter Lim
Gennady Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) will enter this fight like he always does - prepared for anything that comes his way and dealing with it accordingly. He has prevailed against fighters of every style, sometimes early, sometimes late, but always with crushing brutality.
Daniel Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs), on the other hand, faces a conundrum. Should he go for broke and try and stop Golovkin before Golovkin can stop him, or should he gamble on his speed and boxing ability to out-maneuver the Kazakh?
Jacob's blitzkrieg approach worked against Peter Quillin but he almost paid the ultimate price against Sergio Mora in their first fight. If the light-hitting Mora could drop an onrushing Jacobs, imagine the kind of damage the murderous-punching Golovkin could inflict under the same circumstances.
Jacobs' other option is no less risky. The longer the fight goes, the more time it gives the cerebral Golovkin to figure out your style. Once he does that, he will hit you from every conceivable angle with both fists upstairs and down. And with Golovkin, every punch has knockout potential, be it to the head or body.
That's not to say Jacobs doesn't stand a good chance of pulling off a victory in either scenario. Granted, he's up against a fighter with a 92 percent knockout rate, but Jacobs' 88 percent isn't too shabby either.
The winner might simply come down to who lands the first direct hit. Given Golovkin's somewhat porous defense, this fight might actually be more of a tossup than it appears on paper.