Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin has something of a Mike Tyson aura about him, acknowledged Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs, but don’t expect the challenger to feel intimidated in their title clash on Saturday.
The unbeaten Golovkin, nicknamed Triple G, has knocked out 33 of 36 opponents including the last 23, but Jacobs has survived a far more dangerous threat — bone cancer. And coming through that ordeal six years ago has given him strength.
“I’m a more mentally strong fighter. He’s not cancer,” Jacobs told reporters before this week’s final news conference ahead of their Madison Square Garden showdown.
Jacobs, a Brooklynite with an impressive 32-1 record of his own with 29 knockouts, has a height and likely weight advantage over Golovkin, but has been rated a 7-1 long-shot against the holder of the WBC, WBA, IBF and IBO belts.