Debunking Gennady Golovkin’s aura of dominant superiority not only has enhanced Daniel Jacobs’ stock in the middleweight division, but it has lifted his profile to new levels.
Fresh off his hard-fought, unanimous-decision loss against Golovkin eight months ago, Jacobs returns to the ring Nov. 11. Although he didn’t land an immediate rematch with the reigning middleweight champion, Jacobs will seek to clear the path with pending fight dates to drum up the hype toward a second bout against Golovkin.
Jacobs’ first ring responsibility will be against unbeaten but untested contender Luis Arias at the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, New York.
The bout also will be Jacobs’ first under his new promoter, England-based “Matchroom Boxing.”
“I’m going to continue to do my job, climb the ladder and get the title opportunity,” Jacobs said in a recent conference call.
When he faced Golovkin on March 18, Jacobs was expected to become Golovkin’s 24th consecutive knockout victim. Instead, Jacobs overcame a fourth-round knockdown and gave Golovkin his toughest test as champion, losing the bout by two points on two judges’ scorecards and one point on the third.
Jacobs (32-2, 29 KOs) didn’t consider the performance a moral victory. Repeating his feelings moments after the fight, Jacobs again said he deserved the win, knockdown notwithstanding. Moreover, Jacobs says his thoughts are share by many.
“People are not praising me that I went 12 rounds with Gennady Golovkin,” Jacobs said. “They’re praising me because they believe I beat Gennady Golovkin.”
For Jacobs, earning the second bout with Golovkin could take time. Golovkin’s recent title defense against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Sept. 16 ended in a disputed draw.
As a result, the likely scenario is for Golovkin and Alvarez to fight a direct rematch next year.
“I’m a realist,” Jacobs said of the likely waiting period to face Golovkin or Alvarez. “I understand the business of boxing.”
In the meantime, Jacobs will need to offset opponents like Arias, eager to earn their stripes. A native of Milwaukee, Arias (18-0, 9 KOs) is training for the bout in Delray Beach.
“This is one of those fights you get a name and you climb in the rankings,” Arias said in the same conference call. “Everybody is expecting me to lose. If he gets knocked down, he’s going to look bad. I have to come in and do my thing.”
AROUND THE RING
Anthony Joshua now can set his attention at the possibility of facing a fellow unbeaten champion in a title unification bout.
Joshua retained his International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Association heavyweight belts after a 10th-round technical knockout victory over Carlos Takam on Saturday in Cardiff, Wales. The bout at the Principality Stadium attracted a crowd of 78,000.
A native of England, Joshua dropped Takam (35-4-1) with a left hook to the head in the fourth. The punch opened a cut above Takam’s right eye. The cut continued to affect Takam the ensuing rounds and referee Phil Edwards eventually stopped the bout at 1:34 of the 10th round.
Joshua has now started his professional career with 20 consecutive victories by knockout.
The win will increase talk of a unification match between Joshua and Deontay Wilder, who will defend his World Boxing Council title against Bermane Stiverne on Saturday in Brooklyn.
“It has to happen; it has to happen for sure,” Joshua said of the bout against Wilder.
Thursday (11 p.m., ESPN2): Jesus Soto Karass vs. Juan Carlos Abreu, 10, welterweights.
Friday (11:30 p.m., Telemundo-Ch. 51): Sammy Valentin vs. Alejandro Barboza, 10, welterweights.
Saturday (9 p.m., Showtime): Deontay Wilder vs. Bermane Stiverne, 12, for Wilder’s WBC heavyweight title.