By David Martinez / dmboxing.com
WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (37-0 / 34 by KO) retained his title belts with a hard fought unanimous twelve round decision over Daniel Jacobs (32-2 / 29 by KO) on Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York.
This was the first time in Golovkin’s eleven year career that he ever had to go the twelve round distance. Previous distance victories were eight rounders.
Golovkin started off in a slow paced manner before taking charge in round four, dropping Jacobs with two hard right hands. I gave Golovlin four of the first five rounds, with a 10-8 score for the knockdown in the fourth.
Although Jacobs went down, he fought back and had strong rounds in seven and eight. He was very effective in switching into the southpaw stance. Jacobs was able to land hard power punches throughout the middle rounds and went toe-to-toe with the hard hitting Golovkin scoring in the better of exchanges. Golovlin was able to weather the storm by using his jab most effectively, and in round nine Golovkin was able to gain the upper hand, ending that round on a strong note. I had Jacobs winning rounds ten and eleven, then Golovkin winning the final twelfth round.
The judges had the fight 115-112, 115-112, 114-113 for Golovkin … my scorecard was 115-112, seven rounds to five for the winner Golovkin. The fight had many close rounds that could have gone either way. It was evident Jacobs was the heavier fighter by 15 pounds, and that had an impact.
The future is bright for Jacobs, and for Golovkin a proposed unification bout is in the works with unbeaten southpaw WBO champion Billy Joe Sanders in June 2017.
In the semi-main event of the evening, WBC super flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez (46-1 / 38 by KO) lost a close twelve round majority decision to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai.
It was the first loss for the Nicaraguan who had been considered by many to be the top “pound for pound” boxer in the world.
Gonzalez was floored in the first round, and was deeply in trouble and badly cut over his right eye.
Rungvisai was strong in the early rounds, but as the fight progressed into the middle rounds Gonzalez became the stronger of the two and seemed to have the upper hand, with the exception of round seven.
In the final round of their action packed fight, Gonzalez came out with beautiful punches and appeared to have Rungvisai on the verge of a stoppage, but the Thai challenger came back with a final combination of his own in the last seconds of the fight that had Gonzalez reeling.
The judges had the fight 114-112, 114-112, 113-113 for the new champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai … my scorecard was six rounds each, 114-114. But the knockdown of Gonzalez in round one and a point deduction on Rungvisai in round six for a head-butt made my card 113-113 a draw.