Preview: Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs ) faces challenger Daniel Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs) in a middleweight unification bout Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in NY.
Golovkin did send Jacobs to the canvas in the fourth round, but the US fighter recovered.
It was the toughest fight of Gennady Golovkin's career, but in the end he remains unbeaten. Of his 32 fights, 29 were won by KO.
He won it on two of the three cards, but it wasn't enough, perhaps because he was knocked down in the fourth round, which went to Golovkin 10-8 on all three cards.
Judges Don Trella and Steve Weisfeld scored the fight 115-112 and Max DeLuca scored it 114-113 for Golovkin, who retained his WBC and WBO belts.
Golovkin, making his 18th title defense, carried a streak of 23 consecutive knockouts into the fight, while Jacobs had stopped his last 12 opponents.
"Both guys are well aware of the other and the questions- Golovkin will know that people said: 'if Jacobs lands the shots Brook did what will happen?' And Jacobs knows Golovkin can whack with both hands". I can promise you one thing: the fight will end in a knockout. As usual, Golovkin stayed humble and said nothing to demerit Jacobs, but part of boxing media have praised the loser instead of the victor, which makes no sense to me. A corner man lifted Gennady Golovkin up into the air.
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But the fifth started with another hard shot from Golovkin, this time a left hand that rocked Jacobs and roused the crowd.
"I believe both sides want this fight and we are getting closer to it, " Loeffler said.
Roman "Chocalatito" Gonzalez, who has so often shared cards with Golovkin in recent years, dropped a majority decision to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai after 12 enthralling rounds of super-flyweight action at MSG.
Among the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world, Golovkin enters as the big favorite.
It's interesting that Jacobs stated that definitely GGG was not the boogeyman, but then how come he was so cautious against him? "Miracle Man" switched stances well, cut off the ring, hit Golovkin like he had never been before and fought the better fight. "I think these fans support me on the decision". The unbeaten Golovkin, nicknamed Triple G, has knocked out 33 of 36 opponents including the last 23, but Jacobs has survived a far more unsafe threat - bone cancer.
Six years have passed since a scrawny and pretty much untested Russian fighter named Dmitry Pirog simply destroyed Jacobs with frightening ease. "I won the fight, and I won the decision, and all I can do is be gracious in the decision", Jacobs said.