SAN DIEGO, January 9, 2017 – Unified WBC, WBA, IBF and IBO middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) and WBA middleweight champion and mandatory challenger Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs) had their first meeting Monday on center court at Madison Square Garden during the New York Knicks vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA game. It is the first stop of a week-long media tour. In a bonus for the fans, Hall of Fame boxing announcer Michael Buffer introduced the pair to the packed crowd.
Golovkin also met before the game with New York Knicks star and “GGG” superfan, Kristaps Porziņģis. Porziņģis is a native of Latvia; Golovkin is from Kazakhstan. The pair exchanged a signed boxing glove and signed basketball jersey.
The 7-foot-3 inch tall Porziņģis dwarfs the fearsome knockout artist Golovkin at 5-foot-10, but rest assured Golovkin isn’t intimidated by much of anything. Golovkin has fought at MSG four times previously and won all four bouts by way of knockout.
On Tuesday, January 10 at 12 noon ET, Golovkin and Jacobs along with their trainers will hold the first of two news conferences from the Madison Square Garden Arena to formally announce their showdown at “The Mecca of Boxing” set for Saturday, March 18, 2017. The championship event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
See the news conference live here.
The fight is among the most anticipated on the early 2017 schedule. Golovkin and Jacobs have a combined 35 consecutive knockouts heading into this highly anticipated battle. The undefeated Golovkin, among the top five on most pound-for-pound best lists for several years running and a previous “Fighter of the Year,” is expected to face his toughest test yet against the determined Brooklyn native Jacobs, a cancer survivor who was not expected to return to boxing after his diagnosis in 2011 with osteosarcoma, an aggressive cancer tumor “the size of a handball” wrapped around his spine, which left him partially paralyzed in a wheelchair.
The event is anticipated to be a sellout; Golovkin sold out the arena in October 2015 in his bout against Canadian David Lemieux. Tickets are currently still available via the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.thegarden.com.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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