NEW YORK, March 16, 2017 – Unified middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) of Kazakhstan via Los Angeles, and challenger Daniel Jacobs of Brooklyn, New York (30-0, 15 KOs) have one required goal Friday: stepping onto a scale in front of their fans at The Theater at Madison Square Garden and weighing less than the middleweight limit of 160 pounds.
Communities Digital News will stream the Golovkin vs. Jacobs weigh-in live from New York including the undercard fighters here.
If you’re asking “Why so early?” you’re not alone. Top Rank Promotions has an event scheduled for The Theater Friday night. In order to have enough time to set up the room, the weigh-in was moved to an earlier time rather than moved to another location. 9 a.m. is an early wake-up call for some boxers – and a lot of the media and fans, too.
In some cases, a weigh-in can yield clues about a boxer’s preparation and readiness for a fight. There are the obvious signs, like failing to make weight, or being significantly under the weight limit. Keen observers watch to see whether a boxer gulps liquid immediately after getting off the scale, signaling he’s dehydrated himself to make weight.
You should not see this Friday with Golovkin and Jacobs. Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez told media on Tuesday Golovkin was already unofficially at the 160-pound limit. He is a gym rat who stays close to fight night shape 365 days a year. Jacobs appears to be in the best shape of his life, thanks in part to working with nutritionist and fellow professional boxer Chris Algieri.
The super flyweights in the co-main events all have to make 115 pounds: Roman Gonzalez, Carlos Cuadras, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, and David Carmona. There should not be any close calls here.
There is also the final face-off and interaction between the boxers and their camps. Is it cordial or is it confrontational? Is the mood of the fighters cheerful or serious? Is there a lot of braggadocio or trash talk, stare downs, or other aggressive behavior? Sometimes these things are a demonstration of confidence, but it can also signify the need to put on a show when you don’t really feel it, for yourself as much as your opponent. Again, don’t expect a show of force here. Golovkin and Jacobs respect each other. They will be all business on Saturday because it’s their job. Friday, it’s all about getting the details out of the way.
Once the fighters have cleared this important final hurdle, we will have 24 hours to predict and debate how this fight will turn out. Both men are skilled on multiple levels, both physically and mentally. While Golovkin is the favorite, Jacobs is considered his strongest challenger to date with a real opportunity to pull an upset, not just a “place a longshot bet for fun” chance. What’s fun for fans at this moment is that everyone’s opinion is valid, and no one’s prediction is wrong – until Saturday night.
Everyone will find out how the drama ends on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Follow our preview reports and coverage from ringside right here.
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.
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