Gennady Golovkin took some questions as he counts down to his March 18 clash against fellow middleweight titlist Danny Jacobs…
1. How frustrating has been for you to get a star-caliber opponent every time you want to fight and how happy are you now that a world-class fighter like Daniel Jacobs, a middleweight title-holder with excellent credentials, has accepted the challenge?
“I can only fight who gets in the ring with me, not those who only talk. I’ve fought many great fighters over the last few years, Martin Murray, Kell Brook, Daniel Geale, Matthew Macklin and David Lemieux.
“I’m very excited to fight Daniel Jacobs, he is world class and will be a big test for me. He’s a great fighter and brings many new challenges to me on March 18, it’s a very interesting fight for me and my team.”
2. You are a power puncher, but Daniel Jacobs has 12 KOs in a row since his only loss. How do you deal with a fighter that has power but can also box and move and is perhaps the best opponent of your career to date?
“Daniel has great power, his knockout over Peter Quillin was very impressive. I know I have to be smart in the ring against Daniel and use all of my skills to win.”
3. What do you know about Daniel Jacobs? Any weakness you can exploit? What can fans expect to see on Saturday, March 18?
“I’ve seen Daniel fight many times, I know how good of a fighter he is. I can’t predict how the fight will go until we get in the ring, but I know it will be a great fight for the fans.”
“This is a great fight for both of us. We will put on a great show on March 18 for all the fans.”