A breathtaking night of boxing tonight, really and truly heart wrenching stuff. Golovkin goes 12 rounds for the first time in his career and p4p #1 Roman Gonzalez suffered first career loss.
Tonight at Madison Square Garden, New York, the undefeated middleweight king Gennady Golovkin extended his reign as the super star of the sport as he was victorious over Daniel Jacobs.
Golovkin entered the fight as a 1/8 odds on favourite, with odds of 1/4 with there being a knockout. Everyone and myself included had completely overlooked Jacobs, and Golovkin escaped by the skin of this teeth.
The man known for the devastating punching power and immaculate jab came unstuck as Jacobs movement made it impossible for Golovkin to land his trademark blows.
Golovkin was patient and was stalking Jacobs down in the early rounds, at least that’s what we thought was happening. However it came to light that actually he was struggling to find the target.
Jacobs nicked the first 3 rounds extremely close, until Golovkin caught him with a fight and sent him to the canvas in the 4th. This was the crucial moment that allowed him to keep hold of his belts.
As the fight draw to a close it seemed we may have a new champion on our hands, however Golovkin just about pulled through. The issue with Golovkin is that your expectations are so high, could we be taking credit away from him for not living up to his usual status, or was he just out boxed by the underdog.
The scores ended close with 114-113 and 115-112 x2 all in favour of GGG. A controversial decision in some eyes, but every round was extremely close and purely came down to what you liked the look of more.
Not that it has any relevance to the fight itself but Gennady’s IBF Middleweight strap was not on the line tonight. The IBF order you to have a weigh in on the night of the fight to make sure you aren’t 10lbs over the limit. GGG showed up and Jacobs didn’t.
This hopefully allows fighters like Canelo to see gaps in GGG’s gameplan and influences them to take the fight. One thing is for sure though, Golovkin’s chin is made of granite.
Chief support to this great event featured pound for pound number one best boxer on the planet Roman Gonzalez defend his WBC super flyweight title against Srisaket Sor Rungvasai.
This was scheduled to be a routine defence for the undefeated king of boxing, however a shock upset saw him suffer his first ever loss and his undefeated record of 46-0, became 46-1.
Srisaket knocked Gonzalez down in the first round with a slightly tough body shot, but a lack of good footwork ultimately sent Gonzalez to the canvas as the punch landed.
Gonzalez suffered exteme cuts to the head and eye, caused by a continuous clash of heads which eventually saw Srisaket get a point deducted.
Srisaket scored a very close upset win and became the new WBC super flyweight champion, beating the best boxer on the planet on the way.
It’s a sad story for Gonzalez as this is the first time he’s been back in the ring since his long time trainer died, but it showed tonight that he is too small to be fighting at Super fly.
A very exciting, nerve wracking and unexpected evening of championship boxing!