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Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Health | By Bessie Ortiz

Gennady Golovkin beats Daniel Jacobs on points as knockout streak ends

Gennady Golovkin beats Daniel Jacobs on points as knockout streak ends

Golovkin knocked Jacobs down in the fourth with a double dose of rights but as the fight wore on Jacobs confused the Kazakh by sliding into a southpaw stance, scoring on stinging combinations, holding his own against the unsafe power of the champion.

Gennady Golovkin has retained his middleweight titles with a unanimous decision over Daniel Jacobs on Saturday night.

Golovokin, who was entering the contest on a 23-fight knockout streak, went the distance for the first time and defended his WBA (Super), WBC, and IBO middleweight titles for the 18th consecutive time, approaching Bernard Hopkin's record of twenty.

"GGG" pushes to 37-0 as Jacobs drops to 32-2 in what was a heartbreaking loss after such a sterling effort on the part of the American. "I thought I won by at least two rounds minimum".

The judges dissented. Golovkin kept his multiple titles, prevailing on scores of 114-113 and 115-112 twice.

Daniel Jacobs, nicknamed "Miracle Man", for his coming back to competing in the ring from bone cancer five years ago, became the only boxer in the history to push the Kazakh star for the full quota of 12 rounds.

There was no urgency in Golovkin's work in the minutes after the knockdown when Jacobs was clearly vulnerable, ready to be removed from the neon stage and it looked like there was a crisis in his own confidence as he moved away behind high hands, a look of dread on his face. That fight, of course, would be against Golden Boy Promotions' and Oscar De La Hoya's prized pupil, Canelo Alvarez. Nicknamed "Miracle Man, " after overcoming bone cancer in 2011-12 to win 10 straight fights, he almost pulled off the huge upset.

"I think I won the fight and I think the fans support me on the decision", Jacobs said. Golovkin could easily be inserted into that slot as he emerged victorious on Saturday night.

There was a time when Jacobs could not walk but he never gave up on his identity as a boxer.

"I believe both sides want this fight and we are getting closer to it, " Loeffler said.

He didn't, unlike so many other opponents who have faced Golovkin.

The fight started slowly, with Golovkin stalking and Jacobs moving around looking to counter. Golovkin has fought without respect before and won easily.

"I see the fight starting with a little bit of posturing from both guys", he said, but neither can avoid the inevitable. At this stage of his career, I don't think he has much of a shot against Alvarez. Jacobs will crack Golovkin, he'll hurt him, he'll have his moments, but slowly but surely, GGG will cut off the ring, break Jacobs down and finish him off sometime around the seventh round.

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