By Keith Idec
PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. – Daniel Jacobs has made mental notes regarding all the talk of Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin fighting a third time in September.
Jacobs wouldn’t be surprised if Alvarez and Golovkin go at it again. The IBF middleweight champion simply doesn’t think that fight will take place in September because Jacobs is convinced that he’ll upset Alvarez on May 4.
Alvarez, who’s between a 4-1 and 3-1 favorite over Jacobs, would be entitled to an immediate rematch if the Brooklyn boxer beats the Mexican icon in their middleweight title unification fight two weeks from Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas (DAZN). Jacobs discussed chatter regarding Alvarez-Golovkin III before an open workout Monday at Competitive Edge Athletics, the Long Island gym where he has trained for his fight against Alvarez.
“I always look at it like this: you guys can promote whatever you wanna promote, as far as Canelo’s next fight and next opponent,” Jacobs told BoxingScene.com. “But he’s going to have a loss when he fights [Golovkin]. So yeah, you can still make those fights with other people. But he’s going to have another loss on his record because, in my heart, I don’t feel like he’s gonna get past me.”
The 28-year-old Alvarez (51-1-2, 35 KOs) edged Golovkin by majority decision in their middleweight championship rematch September 15 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Kazakhstan’s Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs) and Alvarez boxed to an suspect split draw in September 2017 at T-Mobile Arena.
The 32-year-old Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs) wants his own rematch against Golovkin, who beat Jacobs by unanimous decision in a highly competitive 12-rounder two years ago at Madison Square Garden. First, however, he plans to take great satisfaction from defeating Alvarez, who won the WBA and WBC 160-pound championships from Golovkin.
“It would feel great,” said Jacobs, who left New York for Las Vegas on Tuesday. “Not only because they’re overlooking me as opposition or having the opportunity to be victorious, but because to upset him would just catapult me, put me to the very top. I’ve always said that I’m the best middleweight in the world, so I can have that title and I’ll be content with that. Whoever they wanna fight in the near future, I would have accomplished what I set out to do – and that’s beat Canelo and become the best middleweight in the world.”
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.