Now that Daniel Jacobs is a world champion once again, he wants a rematch against Gennady Golovkin.
In a press conference shortly after he won the IBF middleweight title against Sergiy Derevyanchenko, Jacobs was asked by Ryan Songalia on a potential rematch against Golovkin. Jacobs responded by saying that he would welcome the rematch because Golovkin has nothing to lose as he is no longer the unified middleweight champion.
“Absolutely and this is why on the broadcast I said I would give him the rematch because I’m the champion. Now there’s more of a reward than a risk whereas before, he didn’t give me the rematch. I wouldn’t give me a rematch too if I was Golovkin, to be honest with you. Now there’s almost nowhere for him to go and from what I’m hearing, if he doesn’t sign with DAZN, he doesn’t get any of the big fights that he truly wants. We’ll see what happens, but we’re in good hands. I’m in the best position of my career. I’m just going to let this roll and you guys are going to see what’s going to happen in the near future of my career,” Jacobs said.
The two had fought back in 2017 at Madison Square Garden when Jacobs was the WBA “regular” champion and Golovkin held the WBA “super,” WBC, IBF and IBO titles. Jacobs was knocked down in the fight and then lost a unanimous decision to Golovkin with two judges scoring it 115-112 and the third judge scoring it 114-113.
Golovkin previously held the IBF title, but when he was ordered by the governing body to face Derevyanchenko earlier this year, Golovkin went ahead with a rematch against Canelo Alvarez. The IBF then stripped Golovkin of the title, which created the matchup between Jacobs and Derevyanchenko for the vacant title.
To the point of Golovkin’s supposed need to sign with the DAZN platform for a middleweight title fight, Alvarez, the current WBA “super” and WBC champion and Demetrius Andrade, the WBO champion, are competing on the streaming service. With Jacobs being promoted by Matchroom Boxing and his HBO contract expired, he is now expected to join the DAZN stable of boxers. This would mean that the top champion of every major governing body will be fighting on DAZN.
There is no specific date for Golovkin’s return to the ring, but it is expected that he will sit out the rest of 2018 and fight in early 2019.