Gennady Golovkin Holds Off Daniel Jacobs By The Thinnest Of Margins

Gennady Golovkin Holds Off Daniel Jacobs By The Thinnest Of Margins

Gennady Golovkin’s knockout streak succumbed Saturday night to a man who refuses to cave.

Although the judges awarded three-belt middleweight champion Golovkin (37-0) a unanimous-decision victory by scores of 115-112, 115-112, 114-113, the takeaway was the courageous stand by Brooklyn’s Daniel Jacobs in front of 19,939 at Madison Square Garden, reported Los Angeles Times.

The cancer survivor who was sidelined parts of 2011 and 2012 survived getting knocked down by a fourth-round power punch that was struck square on the jaw, rallying back to end Golovkin’s 23-fight knockout streak and nearly convince the judges he’d won.

“I think I won the fight and I think the fans support me on that,” Jacobs (32-2) said. “All I can do is be gracious in defeat. I told him you’ll have to kill me.

“At times, I stood toe to toe with him to see what everybody was talking about and it wasn’t that bad. I’ve gained a lot of fans with this fight. My style is very good and I can look forward to the future.”

Golovkin won the eighth and ninth rounds on all three scorecards, but Jacobs swept the sixth, seventh, 10th and 11th, surprising a dominating champion who kept alive his hopes to fight Canelo Alvarez in a September superfight by the thinnest of margins.

Gennady Golovkin Holds Off Daniel Jacobs By The Thinnest Of Margins

Gennady Golovkin attacks Daniel Jacobs during the fifth round of their middleweight title fight on March 18 at Madison Square Garden. (Frank Franklin II / Associated Press)

“There was no dancing in here tonight,” promoter Tom Loeffler said. “It was warriors, fighting their heart out. They both showed a tremendous chin. It was a testament to Danny’s fortitude and courage.”

Golovkin said he was left with respect for Jacobs.

“He is my toughest fighter,” Golovkin said. “I can’t destroy him. He’s a very good fighter. This was my first test for 12 rounds.”

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