Golovkin, Jacobs Ready for a Big Drama Show
By Michael Montero – On a chilly St. Patrick’s Day morning in New York City, the fighters ontomorrow night’s Golovkin-Jacobs card hit the scales at an unusually early 9am weigh-in. A passionate group of international fans woke up early and braved the cold to attend the festivities. Local New Yorkers, as well as natives of Kazakhstan, Nicaragua, Mexico, Ireland and Thailand all showed up to make for a fun atmosphere.
The consensus #1 middleweight on the planet, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, weighed in at a fit and ready 159.6 pounds. Brooklyn bred Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs measured 159.8lbs on the scale, looking more shredded than ever before. Jacobs (32-1, 29KO) brought plenty of fans to the weigh-in, but the Golovkin (36-0, 33KO) fans drowned them out with chants of “GGG!” throughout. There was a sizable crowd of passionate fans who made the trip from Kazakhstan and they made their presence known.
In the co-feature, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez weighed in at 114.6lbsand Thai veteran Sor Srisaket Rungvisai came in at an even 114lbs. They are scheduled for 12 rounds with Chocolatito’s WBC supe flyweight world title on the line. A significant Nicaraguan fan contingent showed up for the festivities and cheered passionately for their national hero. Both Gonzalez (46-0, 38KO) and Rungvisai (41-4-1, 38KO) appeared to be in great shape.
Mexico City natives Carlos Cuadras (35-1-1, 27KO) and David Carmona (20-3-5, 8KO) came in at 115.6lbs and 115.8lbs, respectively. They are scheduled for 10 rounds and the winner of their bout will be in line for a shot at the Gonzalez-Rungvisai next.
Undefeated American lightweight Ryan Martin (17-0, 10KO) weighed in at 134.6lbs and his opponent, Bryant Cruz (17-1, 8KO) of New York, came in right at the division limit of 135. They are scheduled for 10 rounds with the WBC Continental Americas lightweight title on the line.
Before the HBO pay-per-view broadcast begins at 9pm ET Saturday night, the network will be streaming preliminary undercard bouts for free on their YouTube page. Irishman Andy Lee (34-3-1, 24KO) will headline those undercard bouts. He weighed in at the middleweight limit of 160lbs this morning while his opponent, KeAndrae Leatherwood (19-3-1, 12KO) of Alabama, came in at 159.5lbs.
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