By: Jerome Souza (@FirstClassBox)
Soon after Gennady Golovkin stopped Kell Brook and Canelo Alvarez knocked out Liam Smith last September, negotiations began for a December fight for both fighters. Canelo was expected to fight in New York until an injured caused him to sit out until Cinco de Mayo weekend. Then talk began in which Daniel Jacobs was to face Gennady Golovkin on December 10th in New York. After various issues such as weeks needed for training, purse splits, and networks surfaced, the fight was unable to come to fruition. On the morning of December 17, 2016, while HBO was getting ready to broadcast Bernard Hopkins vs. Joe Smith Jr. in Inglewood, California, it was officially announced that Golovkin-Jacobs would take place on St. Patrick’s Day weekend in New York. Fans and media alike let out a sigh of relief that it was finalized.
Some thought Golovkin-Jacobs would not happen since Jacobs, a Showtime fighter, is managed by Al Haymon and Golovkin, an HBO fighter, is promoted by Tom Loeffler’s K2 Promotions. Yet all parties came to terms and added to what has been a great year for boxing with promoters working with one another. During a recent media conference call, FirstClassBoxing.com asked Tom Loeffler, if he felt GGG-Jacobs being in March rather than last December, helped with its overall promotion, “I would have liked to have had it in December but moving it to March fits better with the pay-per-view platform and also having Chocolatito on because he had just fought in September. It adds to the event as well as it being St. Patrick’s Day weekend – there is going to be a lot of people in New York City, plus you have the boxing writers’ dinner and Top Rank has Michael Conlan fighting on Friday and then the two best middleweights fighting on Saturday night.”
The consensus pound-for-pound #1 fighter in the world Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez has co-headlined events with Golovkin on multiple occasions. Gonzalez was the main event in Inglewood, CA last September in which he went to war with Carlos Cuadras. Golovkin’s KO over Kell Brook was broadcasted that same night on tape delay. Gonzalez is currently the WBC Super Flyweight Champion at 115 lbs. Fighters at smaller weight classes can be tough to promote to casual fans and viewers so being paired up with one of the most exciting and popular boxers in Golovkin, has given Gonzalez the exposure and audience he deserves. If Golovkin-Jacobs happened in December, it would have difficult to put Gonzalez on the card because of the grueling fight between him and Cuadras that took place a few months prior.
Moving to March also allowed for Gonzalez’s last opponent, Cuadras, to be on the PPV bill. If Gonzalez and Cuadras are victorious, we can expect them to square off again in a highly-anticipated rematch. Gonzalez (46-0, 38 KO) will take on Wisaksil Wagnek (41-4-1, 38 KO), who will be making his U.S. debut. Cuadras (35-1-1, 27 KO), will face David Carmona (20-3-5, 8 KO) on the second fight of the PPV broadcast. The March move also made it possible to showcase lightweight prospect Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin (17-0, 10 KO) facing Bryant Cruz (17-1, 8 KO) to kickoff the PPV portion. Martin fought the first bout of the evening on an HBO Latino card from the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on December 16, 2017, the night before Golovkin-Jacobs was announced.
The Championship Event presented by K2 Promotions will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
The acclaimed HBO Sports feature series “2 Days” returns with an all-new edition
on Saturday, March 11 at approximately 1:00 a.m. (ET/PT). “2 Days: ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez”
will profile the consensus No. 1 fighter in the world as he prepared last September to challenge for a championship title in the super flyweight division.
The feature will also be available on HBO ON DEMAND®, HBO GO®, HBO NOW and affiliate portals.
GOLOVKIN vs. JACOBS is presented by K2 Promotions. Tickets priced at $1000, $600, $400, $300, $200 and $100, are now on sale and can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.thegarden.comby