Undisputed WBC/WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennday Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) successfully defended his 160-pound titles against Danny Jacobs(32-2, 29 KOs) at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, but in the manner everyone had expected.
It was highly expected that Golovkin, riding a successful 23-fight knockout streak, would knockout Jacobs, whom himself was riding a successful 12-fight knockout streak that included a pair of stoppage wins against Sergio Mora and Peter Quillin. Jacobs, who survived a knockdown in round four to the surprise of many, pushed Golovkin to the twelve-round distance for the first time in his professional career, thus, ending Golovkin’s spectacular knockout streak.
“Of course it [was] very important for me it’s my record,” Golovkin said. “Right now Danny broke my record. I told you, I respect this guy. He’s my favorite fighter. I’m not mad with this fighter. He’s very smart, a very good quality fighter. He has very good boxing technique.”
Jacobs, clearly the toughest opponent in Golovkin’s career, withstood the champion’s pressure by moving swiftly around the ring. Jacobs, unlike so many others who tasted Golovkin’s strength, was unfazed by Triple G’s strength and knockout power.
“It wasn’t what everyone made it out to be,” Jacobs said. “Even when I was dropped they said I pushed a little bit. [Golovkin] really didn’t hurt me. I got hit with an overhand right in the back of my ear. I was like ‘this is what we’re working with? Ok.’ Even when I got knocked down, I was like ‘let’s go.’”
Jacobs out-landed Golovkin in power punches 144-126. Although Golovkin threw more (615-541) and landed more (231-175). Golovkin out-jabbed Jacobs 105-31. Jacobs did make things uncomfortable for Golovkin, as he switched from conventional to southpaw several times in the fight.
“I’m really proud of myself that I went in there and gave it all that I had,” Jacobs said. “The fight didn’t go my way, but I felt like I truly won the fight. Boxing is boxing and anything can happen. I definitely think I shocked a lot of people.”
Jacobs, was the best that Golovkin has ever fought in the professional ranks. Golovkin simply couldn’t walk-though Jacobs as anticipated.
“Sometimes it’s difficult,” Golovkin said. “He’s a world champion. He’s a very good fighter. I didn’t lose control. It was a very good fight.”
Jacobs, a native of Brownsville, Brooklyn, NY, was a massive underdog in his very own hometown. The chants of ‘Triple G’ drowned out the scant Jacobs chants. But those scants nearly matched the Triple G cheers once the final decision was announced. Many felt that Jacobs did enough to blow-up the potential Golovkin-Canelo Alvarez super fight by handing Triple G the first loss of his professional career.
Although Jacobs won the last three rounds on two of the official three judges’ scorecards and two of three on the third card, all three official ringsiders had Golovkin winning: 114-113 and 115-112 (twice).
Jacobs simply came-up just short.
Moving ahead, as the world continues to wait for GGG-Alvarez (possibly in September), both fighters will resume taking interim fights in anticipation of their epic showdown. Alvarez is expected to face Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. on May 6, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV.
Next, GGG is expected to go after Billy Joe Saunders WBO middleweight title, the only belt that’s missing from the Golovkin championship trophy showcase.
Jacobs, a former U.S. National amateur champion, a former Golden Gloves National champion, and Junior Olympics National champion, won 137 amateur fights, and was just short of making the U.S. Olympic boxing team in 2008. He started his career in 2007 and has been instrumental in helping to bring Boxing back to Brooklyn, as he has fought nearly 1/3 of his professional career
“My dream goal is to hold all of the belts in the middleweight division,” Golovkin said. “Of course Billy Joe Sanders is my dream fight.”
And so is Canelo.
‘Chocolatito Gonzalez’ loses stunning decision: Roman Gonzalez topped many fight experts list (not mine) as the best fighter in boxing ‘Pound-For-Pound.’ Gonzalez, at age 29, is the first Nicaraguan boxer to win a world title in four separate weight classes.
Gonzalez shockingly suffered the first defeat of his professional career in controversial fashion. Gonzalez (46-1, 38 KOs) overcame a first-round knockdown to soundly outclass Wisaksil Wangek (42-4-1, 38 KOs) of Thailand through twelve rounds, but lost a disputed majority decision. The judges scored the bout 113-113 (even) and 114-112 (twice) for Wangek, who walked away with the WBC super-flyweight title.
Gonzalez, a former unbeaten 105, 108, and 112-pound champion, was making the first defense of the WBC 115-pound title he won last September. In addition to the knockdown in round one, an accidental head-butt left nasty cut above Gonzalez’ right eye. Wangek eventually lost a point in the sixth round following another accidental head-butt. It was an exciting fight as Gonzalez out-landed Wangek 441 of 1,013 punches to Wangek’s 284 of 940.
King’s Promotions Press Release: In a 12-round heavyweight war that lived up to the hype, Amir Mansour (23-2-1, 16 KOs) was able to take a majority decision (114-114, 117-111, 115-113) over Travis Kauffman (31-2, 23 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions: The Next Round on Bounce from Santander Arena in Reading, PA.
In round two, Kauffman buckled Mansour with a hard right on the inside. The two fighters started round four with bad intentions as they each landed hard shots on the inside. Kauffman switched back and forth between orthodox and southpaw stances in an attempt to befuddle the southpaw Mansour.
By the closing rounds, both fighters began to grind out a hard-fought battle on the inside. In rounds nine and 10, it was Mansour who had more pep in his step, landing several hard blows to close out round 10.
Round 12 was a classic heavyweight slugfest, as Kauffman and Mansour stood toe-to-toe landing leather on each other for the whole three-minute period, with Mansour doing just enough to get the win.
Televised coverage opened with Chordale Booker (6-0, 3 KOs) of Brooklyn, New York getting a unanimous decision (59-55, 59-55, 58-56) over Moshea Aleem (4-1-1, 2 KOs) of Richmond, Virginia in a super welterweight bout.
In round five, Grayton floored Cintron with an overhand left. Later in the round, Grayton nailed Cintron with an unintentional headbutt to the right eye, which opened up the cut that led to the end of the bout. Action was stopped at 2:53 of round five.