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.
The fight between Daniel Jacobs and Gennady Golovkin will take place at Madison Square Garden in NY on Saturday, 9:00 pm.
Golovkin knocked Jacobs down in the fourth with a double dose of rights but as the fight wore on Jacobs confused the Kazakh by sliding into a southpaw stance, scoring on stinging combinations, holding his own against the risky power of the champion.
Gennady "GGG" Golovkin entered his middleweight title defense against Daniel Jacobs as the boogieman of boxing.
By Round 3, Golovkin, 34, of Kazakhstan began controlling the fight with the jab and slightly increased the pressure, though Jacobs short a short flurry, most of which slightly landed, to end the round. So even though he swept the last three rounds on two cards, and took two of the three on the third card, it was too little, too late for "The Miracle Man".
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The fight was scored 115-112, 115-112, 114-113 at ringside. Golovkin and Jacobs was an enthralling, albeit less exciting, 12-rounder that appeared tight on the scorecards.
Golovkin, in the first half of the fight, was reduced to looking like a head-hunter desperate for one big shot. Moreover, Daniel has not lost a single fight; nine consecutive wins and all by knockout. This is a fight the public wants to see.
"I told Golovkin he had to kill me in order to win this fight". A corner man lifted Gennady Golovkin up into the air. But for the first time in years, standing in the opposite corner is an opponent that many feel can equal or even surpass his power punching prowess. "I won the fight and I won the decision, and all I can do is be gracious in the decision".
Jacobs surprised many, including ostensibly Golovkin, by doing very good work from the Southpaw stance. He would survive the round, but Golovkin came out strong to start the fifth, landing a hard right that kept Jacobs on the defensive. "I think he is the best that I have been up against in my career". I thought Golovkin just nicked the fight, something I was not convinced I would ever write. In the process, the unheralded Thai saddled Chocolatito with his first defeat in 47 fights and nearly certainly knocked him off the top perch in the unofficial pound-for-pound ratings. "I needed a quality fight, not just the 12 rounds". "I won't say he's a big middleweight, but I would say he is a fair size middleweight and I knew going into the fight that I would be the bigger man".
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