Daniel Jacobs Does What No Man Has Ever Done To GGG

This weekend saw knockout artists Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs square off in a highly anticipated middleweight bout inside Madison Square Garden, New York City.

Golovkin (36-0, 33 knockouts before this fight) was defending his WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, and IBO middleweight titles against a man with a remarkably similar professional record.

Heading into this fight, Jacobs boasted a record of 32-1 with 29 of his wins coming by way of knockout. His impressive run of wins by stoppage dates all the way back to 2009 (although he did suffer his only defeat in 2010).

The only current middleweight to surpass this incredible record is GGG; the Ukranian boasts an unbelievable 91.7 knockout percentage which is the best of any middleweight world titleholder in the history of boxing and before this fight had knocked out 23 opponents in a row, including all 17 of his title defenses.

In a pre-fight interview, GGG explained that there was more to his devastating punches than just power: “Of course I feel that I have power, and it is very important to me, and I can feel the power in my punches,” Golovkin said. “I get that from hard work and practice…but it is not just power. It has a lot to do with timing and distance. It is not all in the punch.”

In light of this, Jacobs was obviously not taking his opponent lightly: “He’s the No. 1 guy,” Jacobs said in a pre-fight interview. “He has the belts and the impressive resume. I have a good respect where respect is due.”

Still, the Brooklyn native believed himself to be the more skilled fighter out of the two: “I think I’m the better fighter. I think this is the time to prove it. I’m the faster guy. He’s a very skillful fighter. My plan is to be the best me and use my best attributes.”

GGG brought something different to his entrance, bringing his own marching band.

Over the first three rounds, both men looked cautious, as they sized up their opponents. Despite, GGG being a strong favourite, Jacobs was by far the heaviest hitter he has faced in his career.

The fourth round was a clear 10-8 for Golovkin, after an early flash knock-down. Jacobs responded with aggression and managed to land a few clean punches.

In the fifth, Golovkin landed a heavy overhand right, which Jacobs seemingly took on the chin.

Jacobs worked the body throughout the sixth round, and looked composed. It was a tight round that probably went to Jacobs.

Nobody expected this fight to go into the seventh round, and the longer this fight went on, the more a win looked promising for Jacobs. Jacobs constantly switched to and from Southpaw, in an attempt to confuse GGG. The seventh and eighth rounds were full of excitement and difficult to score.

In the ninth round, GGG landed two clean uppercuts, exposing Jacobs chin, where he was able to pick him away with the jab.

Jacobs fought the tenth round almost exclusively in southpaw, and it was by far his most successful as a leftie. He picked GGG off with his reach perfectly, but while the round looked to be mostly Jacobs, GGG landed a heavy right flush on his chin.

GGG looked to have slowed slightly in the eleventh round, and Jacobs still looked very fresh.

No man had ever taken GGG to a twelfth round and they left absolutely nothing left in the tank. Both men threw flurries of punches and both made their opponent look vulnerable.

Neither fighter was able to finish the fight, so it was forced to go to the judges.

In the end, the judges awarded the unanimous decision to Gennady Golovkin.