Gennady Golovkin’s knockout streak ended, and he edged out Daniel Jacobs by unanimous decision to retain his middleweight titles.
Official result: Gennady Golovkin def. Daniel Jacobs by unanimous decision (115-112, 115-112, 114-113)
Gennady Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) retained his WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO middleweight titles with a unanimous decision win over Daniel Jacobs (32-2, 29 KOs) in a fight many did not expect to unfold the way it did.
Golovkin and Jacobs both jabbed early before Jacobs landed a right hand. It wasn’t an action-packed first round but it was a decent one for Jacobs, who got a couple of right hands. Jacobs switched to southpaw to start round 2 and clipped GGG with a left. He returned to orthodox after a mid-round clinch. Golovkin dug to the body late and was a little more active. Golovkin was scoring with the jab more regularly in the third, but Jacobs landed perhaps the strongest punch of the fight with a flush right hand.
A right hand by Golovkin knocked Jacobs down early in round 4. While Jacobs wasn’t badly hurt, Golovkin put his foot on the gas pedal and upped the tempo. He was finding his range better and working the body, in addition to peppering away with the jab. Jacobs was stung with several right hands to start round 5. A left hook to the body froze up Jacobs. To his credit, Jacobs finished the 5th fairly well. He continued to box well in the 6th, catching the champion with nice right hands. Jacobs’ southpaw gameplan continued into the 7th. Golovkin tagged Jacobs with a pair of hard right hands, but Jacobs’ speed and combinations were giving GGG some difficult moments. They both punched after the bell at the end of 7. It was tactically fascinating to watch Golovkin rather lower his output and Jacobs doing just enough to outwork him. In round 9, Golovkin closed strongly with a couple of uppercuts that had Jacobs hurt.
Neither fighter was terribly active in round 10. Golovkin’s workrate was uncharacteristically poor. Jacobs was feeling confident and landing the clearly sharper punches. He was taking command in the center of the ring, evading Golovkin’s shots and connecting in close quarters. The final two rounds were close, with Golovkin still getting the jab in, occasionally landing single shots, including some uppercuts. Jacobs was scoring with his right hand.
This will certainly be a much-discussed decision, as Golovkin retains his titles by the skin of his teeth, and you have to wonder what that means for the prospects of him getting a superfight with Canelo Alvarez.