After careful consideration after his contest with Canelo Alvarez last Saturday, Daniel Jacobs came to the conclusion that with his type of build, and the struggles he has had of late in making weight, that he will vacate the Middleweight ranks, and move up to the Super-Middleweight division.
Middleweight great Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin (38-1-1, 34KO) during a scheduled press conference today has indicated that his new Head-Trainer for the final phase of his career will be Johnathan Banks, who you may remember from training Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko for a period of time after the passing of Legendary Head Trainer Emmanuel Steward.
In a very logical turnout, given HBO’s departure from boxing and him in pursuit of a new platform, Middleweight legend Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin (38-1-1, 34KO) and his team have struck a deal with DAZN, guaranteeing a 3 fight minimum deal contractually on their streaming service, with an additional 3 fights (six in total) pending on the sustainability level of Golovkin’s performance inside the ring from his initial three fights on contract.
The deal will carry out to the year 2021, which means if he sees the full tenure of his deal, he will take up 2 fights per year. The details of their financial agreement has been undisclosed up to this point. Here’s what all of this may ultimately mean going forward…
1) It is safe to say that Golovkin will indeed look towards fighting a world Champion in his first fight of his new contract, and it is also within reach to state that at least 3 mega-fights are guaranteed under the contract, which could very well include a couple re-matches, that being a 3rd fight with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and/or a possible 2nd fight with Daniel ‘Miracle Man’ Jacobs.
2) The road to becoming Undisputed Middleweight Champion runs through DAZN, as titlists Daniel Jacobs and Demetrius ‘Boo Boo’ Andrade are under Eddie Hearns Matchroom Boxing, and Canelo Alvarez, along with Golden Boy inking a deal with Eddie Hearn to use DAZN as their main platform, therefore this may indicate that Golovkin wants one more go at becoming Undisputed, which lines up perfectly for his desires to accomplish this feat, as this was one of Golovkin’s main goals from the get-go.
3) In case Gennady ever wanted to go another route and put a cap to his legendary Middleweight campaign spanning 13 years, and 21 wins in title-fights, he could also venture up to Super-Middleweight, where RING-MAZAGINE/WBSS tourney winner & WBA world Champion Callum Smith reigns supreme, and with him being signed to Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing, it presumably would make the prospects of putting that together much easier. A legend taking a big gamble up, against thee true Champion of the Super-Middleweight division looking to fight a recognized, marketable name, that would be welcomed if GGG decided to take this path.
4) This undoubtedly looks like this will be Golovkin’s final contract, no matter how long the contract extends, which would round about the end of a historic career, so this would presumably be his opportunity to go out with a bang on a high note.