Daniel Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs), owner of the WBA’s secondary title, decided to no-show the mandatory weigh-in held by the IBF. Gennady Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs), is the holder of the IBF, WBC and WBA 160lb world titles, which means the Jacobs will not be eligible to win the IBF title when he steps in the ring at Madison Square Garden for their PPV title fight.
The IBF is the only major sanctioning body that mandates a weigh-in on the day of the fight requiring fighters to be no more than 10lbs over the division limit. Golovkin participated in the mandatory weigh-in and stepped on the scale at 169.6lbs, less than half a pound under the 170lb limit.
“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.
By avoiding the mandatory same-day weigh-in by the IBF, Jacobs, the bigger of the two men, can re-hydrate to any weight he desires, which in theory should make him stronger in the ring. He can still take home the WBC and WBA belts if he wins the fight and he avoids the sanctioning fee of the IBF.