B MINUS FOR GGG
WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin went a full, tough and competitive 12 rounds for the first time in his career, dropping but NOT stopping the lanky, game and mobile WBA champion Daniel Jacobs, having to be content with scores of 114-113, 115-112, and 115-112.
Jacobs (32-2, 29 KO) fought an admirable fight, often frustrating the slower, sometimes ponderous, plodding, over deliberate, but heavier handed Golovkin (37-0, 33 KO), scratching his 23-fight knockout winning streak. Tense and stiff in the opening rounds, Jacobs who often turned southpaw and had success with a ramrod right jab, was advised to RELAX by this corner, and as the fight progressed be gained in confidence, scoring with faster hands.
Golovkin knocked Jacobs down in the fourth round with two denting right hooks to the side of the face. The first was the hardest and did the most damage. but Jacobs came back strong. He was again in brief trouble in the ninth, when two right uppercuts in close succession, hurt, but didn`t stun him. Jacobs boxed, determined not to prove a static target and this unsettled Golovkin, who couldn`t find an anchoring rhythm for his normal lethal timing. The crowd booed the decision against the hometown fighter. This was by far the toughest fight of GGG`s career, and ended his 23-fight KO streak. He improved to 37-0 with 33 KOs, retaining his WBC title. Impressive it wasn`t! Jacobs is a still rather creditable 32-2 with 29 KOs.