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Madison Square Garden will host unified middleweight world champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (36-0, 33 KO’s) as he defends his titles (WBC, WBA, IBF, IBO) against WBA middleweight champion and mandatory challenger Daniel "The Miracle Man" Jacobs (32-1, 29 KO’s) on Saturday, March 18, 2017. The championship event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
Golovkin and Jacobs, a Brooklyn native, have a combined 35 consecutive knockouts heading into the fight.
“I love fighting at Madison Square Garden, it feels like my second home,” said Golovkin. “Danny is a great fighter, one of the best middleweights and a big test for me. I look forward to another ‘Big Drama Show’ in New York City.”
“I’m excited about facing Gennady and proving I’m the best middleweight in the world," said Jacobs. "On March 18th I’m bringing all the belts back to Brooklyn with me.”
Since his first fight in the U.S. and on HBO in September 2012, Golovkin has become one of the most talked about fighters in the world. In his last three fights, Golovkin has sold out Madison Square Garden, The Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles and The O2 Arena in London. The battle with Jacobs will be the fifth time Golovkin has headlined Madison Square Garden.
In his Golovkin's last fight, on Sept. 10, 2016, in front of more than 19,000 fans at The 02, GGG stopped undefeated welterweight world champion Kell Brook in the fifth round, his 23rd consecutive knockout and his 17th-straight middleweight world title defense.
Born and raised in the boxing hotbed of Brownsville, New York, which has produced many legendary world champions -- including Mike Tyson and Riddock Bowe -- the heavy-handed Jacobs has scored numerous highlight-reel knockouts over his nine years as a professional.
In the most impressive fight of his career, on Dec. 5, 2015, Jacobs spectacularly knocked out longtime rival and then undefeated former middleweight champion Peter Quillin in the first round. Sandwiched around the Quillin stoppage are two impressive knockouts of former world champion Sergio Mora. Jacobs has won his last 12 fights, all by stoppage.
Presented by K2 Promotions, tickets for “Middleweight Madness” will go on sale Saturday, Dec. 24th at 12 noon and can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.thegarden.com.