Golovkin vs Jacobs 2: Is Daniel making the strong case for a rematch?Written by Leroy Cleveland
Last night, in a WBA middleweight final eliminator, former belt-holder Daniel Jacobs (34-2, 29 KOs) won a tough but somewhat impressive unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Maciej Sulecki (26-1, 10 KOs) at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York.
The official scores were: 116-111, 117-110, and 115–112.
It was a pretty good scrap, especially in the final round when Jacobs floored Sulecki who got up and fought harder to avenge the knockdown all the while Jacobs was seeking a KO.
Maciej Sulecki fought better than many of us thought he would and this fight certainly gave him a little juice with American fans.
Public demand for Golovkin vs Jacobs 2?
Although Daniel fought well and showed good skills and a fine beard in a quality workmanlike performance, did he increase public demand for a Golovkin rematch?
Answer: Probably not. However, public demand for a rematch certainly didn't drop. And a case could certainly be made for ranking him No. 2 or 3 in the division based on merit. But last night wasn't the spectacular jaw-dropping showcase some were looking for.
Since his fine showing against Gennady, Daniel has won two 12 round unanimous decisions against non-high-profile opponents. And last night's performance certainly topped his previous win against Luis Arias.
But isn't Jacobs the WBA's mandatory for the winner Golovkin vs Canelo 2?
Yes. He is or probably will be.
But the winner will probably relinquish a few titles anyway.
Should Golovkin win, his team could decide facing WBA and IBF mandatory contenders (Daniel Jacobs and the unknown Sergiy Derevyanchenko, respectively) would be too much risk for the reward if there's a bigger money fight on the horizon with Jermall Charlo or WBO Champ Billy Joe Saunders.
Why should he fight another dangerous bout with Jacobs if facing Saunders would generate a few more million dollars?
The right idea
In last night's post-fight interview, Jacobs suggested he'd continue to fight the best and wasn't particularly focused on titles or a Golovkin rematch; Although he'd prefer those opportunities.
If he continues to fight - and beat - top guys, he'll eventually get another high-profile opportunity, whether it's against Golovkin, Charlo, Saunders or Canelo.
At this moment, though, since the fight with GGG, Jacobs hasn't done anything extra special to set himself apart from Jermall Charlo or Billy Joe Saunders.