By Keith Idec
NEW YORK – Daniel Jacobs corrected a reporter Wednesday when a question was posed predicated on him going the distance with Gennady Golovkin.
Jacobs clarified that he wasn’t the least bit satisfied simply lasting 12 rounds against an opponent that had knocked out 89 percent of his opponents prior to Jacobs’ unanimous-decision defeat in their middleweight title fight in March 2017. The unbeaten Brooklyn native is bothered because that bout left Jacobs with the second loss on his record, even though he is certain he, not Canelo Alvarez, should’ve become the first opponent to score a victory over the Kazakh knockout artist.
As sure as he is that he deserved a victory over Golovkin that night at Madison Square Garden, Jacobs also is confident Golovkin has earned two wins against Alvarez, Jacobs’ opponent May 4 in Las Vegas.
Jacobs told a group of reporters before a press conference Wednesday that Alvarez didn’t deserve the draw with which he walked away from their first fight, nor the majority-decision win he was awarded in their rematch five months ago.
“In my honest opinion, I truly believe Golovkin won both fights,” Jacobs said at Hard Rock Café in Times Square. “The second fight was a lot closer, and I take my hat off to Canelo for adjusting. But I still didn’t think that he won. I think, at the very least, it could’ve been a draw, the second fight. But in both fights, I picked Golovkin winning.”
The dubious draw in their first fight is infamous largely because one of the judges – Adalaide Byrd – scored 10 of the 12 rounds for Alvarez (118-110). Dave Moretti scored that fight 115-113 for Golovkin, whereas Don Trella had that September 2017 bout even (114-114).
Two judges – Moretti (115-113) and Steve Weisfeld (115-113) – scored their 12-round rematch for Alvarez on September 15. The other judge, Glenn Feldman, had the Alvarez-Golovkin rematch a draw (114-114).
Both of the Alvarez-Golovkin fights took place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Alvarez (51-1-2, 35 KOs) and Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs) will square off at that same venue May 4 in a DAZN main event for Alvarez’s WBA and WBC middleweight titles and Jacobs’ IBF 160-pound crown.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.