WBA vote to maintain Golovkin v Jacobs 75-25 purse bid split

Robert Ecksel 13/10/2016

The possible purse bid between WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and WBA World middleweight champion and Daniel Jacobs will remain at the original 75-25 split in favor of the champion (Golovkin) and not the 60-40 split requested by the challenger (Jacobs).

The WBA World Championships Committee voted and agreed to maintain the original 75-25 purse bid split, as stipulated in Article 9, Section D of the WBA rules.

Section C, Article 46 of the WBA rules specifies that “… the strict application of the rules can be modified when the WBA can justify accommodating special circumstances. In such a case, the WBA will consider a request for special permission or exception.”

The Committee addressed the reasoning behind the decision to refuse the petition filed in the U.S. on September 29, 2016

Golovkin is currently regarded at one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters fighting today. His long association with WBA was also taken into consideration.

“Triple G” won the WBA World middleweight title in 2010 when he knocked out WBA Fedelatin middleweight champion Nelson Julio Tapia in the third round of a scheduled 12-round fight. After his 10th defense of the WBA World middleweight title, a third round TKO over WBA Super World and IBF World middleweight champion Daniel Geale, Golovkin was elevated to Super Champion.

In addition, Golovkin’s record of 36-0 with 33 of those wins coming by way of knockout, as well as having had 16 successful defenses since 2013, establishes “Triple G” as one of the brightest stars in boxing’s firmament.

Jacobs also has an excellent record of 32-1 with 29 KOs, but he has only held the title for two years with four defenses to his credit.

But Jacobs, like Golovkin, is a prestige fighter, which makes this championship bout all the more tantalizing.

Under the circumstances, the WBA World Championships Committee has decided to maintain the original percentages for a possible purse bid between Golovkin and Jacobs.

Both fighters were notified last September 11 that they had 30 days to reach an agreement, after which time the fight will go to a purse bid.

That 30-day period expired October 12.