Golovkin slogs against ‘Mir­a­cle Man’

New Straits Times - - Sport -

NEW YORK: Gen­nady “GGG” Golovkin, the most fear­some knock­out artist of this era, was pushed to the limit by Daniel Ja­cobs be­fore re­tain­ing his world mid­dleweight ti­tles by de­ci­sion at Madi­son Square Gar­den on Satur­day.

Ja­cobs, known as “Mir­a­cle Man” since com­ing back from bone cancer five years ago, ended the un­beaten Golovkin’s streak of 23 knock­outs in a row in a bat­tle that went to the score­cards for the first time since 2008 for the Kazakh cham­pion.

Two judges scored it 115-112, with the third mak­ing it 114-113 in favour of Golovkin, who re­tained his WBC, WBA, IBF and IBO mid­dleweight crowns.

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 dan­ger­ous power of the cham­pion.

After a cau­tious, feeling out in the first two rounds, the bout blos­somed into a fas­ci­nat­ing bat­tle with the fight­ers en­gag­ing freely in a thrilling duel to the fin­ish.

Golovkin im­proved his record to 37-0, while Brook­lyn native Ja­cobs dropped to 32-2. Reuters

AFP PIC

Gen­nady Golovkin knocks down Daniel Ja­cobs in the fourth

round dur­ing their world mid­dleweight ti­tles fight on

Satur­day.

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