NEW YORK, United States (Reuters) — Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, probably the most fearsome knockout artist of this period, was pushed to the restrict by Daniel Jacobs earlier than retaining his world middleweight titles by decision at Madison Square Garden on Friday (March 18).
Jacobs, referred to as “Miracle Man” since getting back from bone most cancers 5 years in the past, ended the unbeaten Golovkin’s streak of 23 knockouts in a row in a battle that went to the scorecards for the primary time since 2008 for the Kazakh champion.
Two judges scored it 115-112, with the third making it 114-113 in favor of Golovkin, who retained his WBC, WBA, IBF and IBO middleweight crowns.
Golovkin knocked Jacobs down within the fourth with a double dose of rights, however because the combat wore on Jacobs confused the Kazakh by sliding right into a southpaw stance, scoring on stinging mixtures, holding his personal in opposition to the harmful energy of the champion.
After a cautious, feeling out within the first two rounds, the bout blossomed into an enchanting battle with the fighters partaking freely in an exciting duel to the end.
Golovkin improved his document to 37-Zero, whereas Brooklyn native Jacobs dropped to 32-2.