Sanchez: Jacobs Looked Terrible, Not Same After Fighting Golovkin

By Keith Idec

Abel Sanchez wasn’t the least bit impressed with how Daniel Jacobs fought Saturday night.

Gennady Golovkin’s trainer thinks Jacobs “looked terrible” during his 12-round victory over Maciej Sulecki. Sanchez attributes Jacobs’ slippage to going 12 hard rounds against Golovkin in their middleweight title fight 13 months ago at Madison Square Garden.

Brooklyn’s Jacobs (34-2, 29 KOs) dropped Poland’s Sulecki (26-1, 10 KOs) in the 12th round and beat him by unanimous decision in a 12-round middleweight battle HBO televised from Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Sulecki consistently landed his right hand, though, and made their WBA elimination match more competitive than the lopsided odds suggested it would be (117-110, 116-111, 115-112).

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“Danny Jacobs was supposed to demolish Luis Arias and had a difficult time with him in his first fight after Gennady,” Sanchez said during a conference call Monday to promote the Golovkin-Vanes Martirosyan fight on Saturday night.

“And now, in this fight against Sulecki, he looks terrible. He gets hit with everything in the book. But the reason being, in my opinion and I think in the opinion of our team, is that once you go 12 rounds with Golovkin, you’re never gonna be the same.”

Jacobs beat Milwaukee’s Arias easier than he defeated Sulecki, but Arias (18-1, 9 KOs) was reluctant to trade with the powerful Jacobs during their 12-rounder November 11 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. By beating Sulecki, Jacobs became the mandatory challenger for Golovkin’s WBA 160-pound championship.

Jacobs wants a rematch against Kazakhstan’s Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs), who likely will head toward a rescheduled rematch with Canelo Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) if he overcomes Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 KOs) on Saturday night at StubHub Center in Carson, California (HBO). If Jacobs gets Golovkin in the ring again, Sanchez suspects their rematch wouldn’t be as competitive as their first fight, which Golovkin narrowly won (115-112, 115-112, 114-113).

“You know, it’s not only Jacobs,” Sanchez said. “If you go back to [David] Lemieux, to Curtis Stevens, to [Dominic] Wade, to Willie Monroe, they’re never the same. They’re never the same after they go rounds [with Golovkin] – [Martin] Murray, also, the young man from England has never been the same since Gennady fought him.”

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 SteveM on 05-03-2018

[QUOTE=aboutfkntime;18730861]I just read that Golovkin is a 30/1 favorite ?[/QUOTE] Probably but that doesn't translate to the other boxer being a 30-1 to win. Bookies have to have a big edge and always do. My thinking is just bet on…

Comment by aboutfkntime on 05-02-2018

[QUOTE=SteveM;18730269]I'm glad you've got a sense of humor about it :) I have just placed a very small bet at 14/1 on Martirosyan to win.[/QUOTE] I just read that Golovkin is a 30/1 favorite ?

Comment by bigjavi973 on 05-02-2018

[QUOTE]Nobody can go 12 full rounds with GGG-[/QUOTE] Abel Stankchez

Comment by SteveM on 05-02-2018

[QUOTE=aboutfkntime;18727828]on Sunday..... ?? 50/60, [I][B]per hour[/B][/I]..... maybe :) :lol1:[/QUOTE] I'm glad you've got a sense of humor about it :) I have just placed a very small bet at 14/1 on Martirosyan to win.

Comment by Kali_KO on 05-01-2018

Abel is right on this one, Jacobs is a completely different fighter now, gunshy to pull the trigger against 2 guys HBO set up for him to look good. He blew out Quillin in one round, but now very cautious…

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