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Gennady Golovkin beats Daniel Jacobs on points as knockout streak ends

Gennady Golovkin beats Daniel Jacobs on points as knockout streak ends Gennady Golovkin beats Daniel Jacobs on points as knockout streak ends
Sammy Stanley | 20 March, 2017, 00:33

The first thing I look up for a boxer is the amount of knockouts he holds in his professional career. For boxing lovers, it's the recognition of pure domination inside the ring.

"I respect Daniel Jacobs, and he did a very good job and clean job", Golovkin said, per ESPN's Dan Rafael.

"Of course, I'm ready [to fight Canelo]", Golovkin told HBO. Jacobs got up and was eager to get going and fought back at the end of the round.

Golovkin's 23-fight knockout streak was snapped.

"He's my best opponent, he is very smart, he had very good boxing skill, " Golovkin said.

Golovkin was in an interesting spot coming into the fight.

His nickname changed from "Golden Child" to "Miracle Man" after returned to the ring on October 20, 2012, against Josh Lutheran and won by TKO. Imagine being on top of the world, turning your head, and getting hit by a hammer a couple of times. Of his 32 fights, 29 were won by KO.

Perhaps for the first time, Golovkin appeared to be the smaller man in the ring and that made his bullying, aggressive style hard to implement. Fight fans rallied behind Jacobs and were quick to dismiss Golovkin as the most frightening boxer in the world.

The second continued in similar fashion with both men cagey, Jacobs obviously wary of the power from Golovkin that has stopped all but three of his previous 36 victims. The rest of the fight continued in this patter, with Jacobs winning one or two and Golovkin winning the other.

He's an indestructible force and has faced better competition than Jacobs has.

The tide swept back and forth, and even with the Garden crowd urging Golovkin with chants of "Triple-G", it was Jacobs who rose to the occasion near the end of the 11th round to land a big left hook followed by a left-right combo before the bell that has him exulting. Those are the two highest totals by any opponent against Golovkin in his 37-fight career.

The mandatory title fight started cautiously for the first three rounds with neither fighter willing to take much of a chance. The champion said Brook lacked threatening power, leading him to let down his defense and concentrate on his attack, fracturing the challenger's eye socket in the process. "I needed a quality fight, not just the 12 rounds". In Golovkin and Jacobs, you have two world class fighters with a single loss between them. A friend of mine asked me "why there is so much scrutiny on Golovkin performance".

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MY TAKE. I like Jacobs early and Golovkin late. There will be explosions in the form of punches thrown, and carnage.

Both men were marked up and feeling the effects of the many furious exchanges but it was the champion who was more forceful as Srikaset lost a point in the sixth for yet another clash of heads. My bet is Jacobs hits the mat in the eighth round.

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