WBA (regular) middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs declined to participate in the mandatory IBF weight checkSaturday morning, which means he cannot win the organization's title in his unification bout against Gennady Golovkin on Saturday night atMadison Square Garden in New York City.
"Golovkin is defending his IBF title, however, Jacobs cannot acquire the title with a victory because he did not participate in the required IBF same-day weigh-in," IBF championships chairman Lindsey Tucker said in a prepared statement to Sporting News.
Golovkin, who is the 160-pound IBF, WBC and WBA (super) titleholder, took part in the weight check and came in at 169.6 pounds, right under the limit of 170 pounds.
The IBF is the only major sanctioning body in the sport that requires fighters to do a weight check the morning of a title bout.They aren't allowed to be 10 pounds over the weight class at which the fight is occurring.
The official weigh-in for Golovkin vs. Jacobs wasFriday morning. Golovkin came in at 159.6, and Jacobs at 159.8.
Jacobs will have the weight advantage heading into the fight. Instead of outboxing Golovkin, Jacobs' strategy appears to be trying tooverpower 'GGG"and knock him out.
Whether the plan will work remains to be seen, but it makes for another interesting story heading into Saturday night's showdown between the top two middleweights in the world.
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