Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is still not ready to take on Gennady Golovkin, with the Mexican looking at September 2017. The next best fight in the division, will be GGG facing mandatory challenger and secondary titleholder Daniel Jacobs.
Abel Sanchez, Golovkin’s longtime trainer is eager to see the fight happen before the year runs out.
“I hope the Jacobs fight gets made. We want that fight,” Sanchez told ESPN.com on Wednesday. “I think Danny has been quiet and patient, and now that the WBA has ordered the fight, he’s talking. He has a lot of talent.”
Indeed, the fight was ordered recently by the sanctioning organization, and the sides have until the middle of October to make a deal or a purse bid will be ordered.
Jacobs has won eight fights in a row since losing in 2010, all by knockout, and beaten cancer while rising near the top of the 160-pound weight class.
“The fact that this kid beat cancer, how is Golovkin going to scare him? That’s a guy who really believes there is nothing he can’t handle,” Sanchez said.
“Golovkin understands that Danny Jacobs would be coming at him with that kind of mentality. Our job is just to make sure that with all of Gennady’s success, that he doesn’t get complacent. We’ve all seen that happen to some fighters when they achieve a certain amount of success, and it is important that doesn’t become us.
“A fight with Jacobs would definitely motivate Gennady. I think it’s a great fight to sell. It’s a great fight for the fans. It would be a great fight, and it’s an opportunity for a great story in Danny. He’s the second-best middleweight in the world right now, and he’s on a roll. He has had some dramatic knockouts, and in his mind, he believes he can win. We’re not just saying that to promote the fight. People know this guy is legitimate.”
Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) and Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs) are on the same schedule, so Dec. 10 works for both of them.