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Written By Eric Gomes: The “Miracle Man” Danny Jacobs (32-1, 29 KO’s)  has touched down in the Bay Area of Northern California this week ahead of his March 18th Middleweight showdown with Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. As reported by RingTV.com Jacobs has enlisted the help of famed Oakland, CA trainer Virgil Hunter. Hunter most notably known for his work with Undefeated Olympian Gold Medalist, now Light Heavyweight Champion Andre Ward.

Initially, there was some level of confusion amongst boxing fans regarding the new edition. Jacobs quickly cleared the air stating that his longtime trainer Andre Rozier was still the man in charge. Hunter however, serves as the second platoon if you will. Hunter was brought in as a “second set of eyes”, offering additional strategic advise to Jacobs as he attempts to slay the middleweight dragon known as Golovkin.

I personally covered the November 19th Light Heavyweight Championship bout between undefeated fighters Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward and seen Jacobs there. After witnessing the bout Jacobs told RingTV.com:

“I went to the Andre Ward-Kovalev fight and I was so inspired by what Andre Ward was able to do.”

Danny Jacobs

It is no surprise to me that Jacobs has recruited a veteran like Hunter for this particular fight. In fact, I actually applaud this move. Change can be good, it’s good to shake things up as needed. Too often fighters become “comfortable” with their current team and situation to the point where many don’t see a need for a change until it’s ‘too late’ and they taste defeat. In July 2012, Amir Khan got knocked out by Danny Garcia. After that fight Khan left his old trainer Freddie Roach to train with Hunter. Next came Andre Berto who lost a hard-fought war with Robert Guerrero and then relocated to the Hunter gym.

Andre Berto Virgil Hunter

Andre Berto and Robert Guerrero had an all-out-war in 2012 in a FOTY type classic.

Most recently, polish fighter Andrzej Fonfara (28-4, 16 KOs) switched trainers and began working with Hunter after then-unknown New York union worker Joe Smith Jr. knocked him out in the first round on PBC in 2016. In contrast, Jacobs is making modifications to his team beforehand. So I personally think this is a solid proactive move on behalf of Jacobs to overall prepare him for the biggest fight of his career. And the Golovkin fight is just that, the most meaningful fight of his career.

Another new edition to Team Jacobs is former Junior Welterweight Champion and fellow New Yorker Chris Algieri. Algieri will advise Jacobs on his nutrition as the Team’s nutritionist. This will ready Jacob during his 10-week camp and also assist in the weight-making process. Algieri has a Bachelor’s degree in healthcare science from Stony Brook University and a Master’s degree from the New York Institute of Technology although he is an active pro fighter himself.

Golovkin and trainer Abel Sanchez have both publicly acknowledged that Danny Jacobs at least on paper will serve as their toughest test. Jacobs’ 2015 destruction of undefeated Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin cemented his place as the #2 middleweight in the world. Golovkin currently has four belts and as the WBA “Super” champion looks to consolidate Jacob’s WBA “regular” title with a solid victory. Jacobs appears to realize the severity of this bout; it’s all or nothing in this contest and he seems to be preparing accordingly. As a fan of the sport, that’s all I can ask for.

Danny Jacobs

Danny Jacobs celebrates in front of his hometown crowd after stopping Peter Quillin in Round 1.

“For me it’s the perfect opportunity and the perfect time for this to happen. I’m glad it’s finally happening, in my hometown, pretty sure it’s going to be a sold-out crowd.” “I look forward to seeing everyone and my fists will do the talking inside that ring. At the end of the day it’s about fight night and as a fighter that’s exactly what we do. Much respect to Team Golovkin but we have an amazing plan and we look forward to executing it.”

Danny Jacobs

Presented by K2 Promotions, tickets for “MIDDLEWEIGHT MADNESS” priced at $1000, $600, $400, $300, $200 and $100, are now on sale 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. The championship event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. Golovkin and Jacobs have an extraordinary, combined 35 consecutive knockouts heading into this highly anticipated battle.