The last time Gennadiy Golovkin arrived to weigh in for an IBF middleweight title fight at Madison Square Garden, his opponent never showed up. (photos by Ed Mulholland)
Daniel Jacobs skipped the second-day weigh-in that the IBF required for their 160-pound championship match in March 2017 at The Garden. Jacobs’ strategic move agitated Golovkin, whose team contended that Jacobs gained an advantage by not having to weigh in at 170 pounds or less the morning of a closely contested, 12-round fight Golovkin won by unanimous decision.
Golovkin doesn’t expect to encounter a similar problem Saturday morning. Kazakhstan’s Golovkin and Ukraine’s Sergiy Derevyanchenko each made weight Friday afternoon at Manhattan Center for their IBF/IBO middleweight title fight Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.
Golovkin, 37, stepped on the New York State Athletic Commission’s scale at 159¼ pounds, just below the middleweight limit of 160. Derevyanchenko, 33, officially weighed 159 pounds.