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.
One of the biggest fights of the year is a day away as Gennady "GGG" Golovkin will take on Daniel Jacobs in the Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden in NY.
It felt like it was a matter of time that a big right would land and two of them did in quick succession in the fourth which sent Jacobs to the canvas.
Gennady Golovkin has retained his middleweight titles with a unanimous decision over Daniel Jacobs on Saturday night.
Golovkin went the championship distance for the first time in his career, and despite being behind of a few media and opinion cards (including mine), was handed the contest 115-112 twice and 114-113 on the cards. GGG now is 37-0, while Jacobs is 32-2.
GGG hasn't fought at home since 2010, when he won the WBA crown against Nilson Julio Tapia. "I thought I won by at least two rounds minimum". What did surprise me was how much bigger Jacobs was than Golovkin. Daniel is my favorite fighter. The decision didn't go in my favour, although I do really feel like I won the fight. Most boxers avoided facing Golovkin prior to seeing how well Jacobs fared against him.
MY TAKE. I like Jacobs early and Golovkin late. Jacobs lost for the first time since 2010. The unbeaten Golovkin, nicknamed Triple G, has knocked out 33 of 36 opponents including the last 23, but Jacobs has survived a far more risky threat - bone cancer. I don't think you can get on your back foot with Triple G, because he will cut off the ring, and he's so good at cutting off the ring while putting his opponents in bad positions, and he's going to hit you.
Nevertheless, it may have become clear that Jacobs' weight advantage, which some speculate to be over 180 pounds as he entered the ring, played a factor in Golovkin's performance, not to mention that Jacobs is tough, crafty, and powerful. "I am like an animal for this fight". Most people expected GGG win over Jacobs. That combined with the loss of Roman Gonzalez on the undercard means it's possible Golovkin could be moved up to No. 1 on the mythical pound-for-pound list.
During the fight last Saturday night, Jacobs connected with a clean hard left hook up followed by a clean right hand and Gennady didn't even blink and kept moving forward.
Despite Jacobs' legs being paralyzed for six weeks and having to endure radiation treatments, he says the experience made him a better fighter and got him to where he is today.