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Twitter Reacts As Gennady Golovkin Scrapes Past Daniel Jacobs To Maintain Perfect Record

On a night when another dominant boxing force and pound for pound ranked fighter suffered the first defeat of his career via decision, Gennady Golovkin just about maintained his perfect professional record with a win over Daniel Jacobs on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

Roman ‘Chocalatito’ Gonzalez, who has so often shared cards with Golovkin in recent years, dropped a majority decision to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai after 12 enthralling rounds of super-flyweight action at MSG. It was a close fight and many felt that Gonzalez, who came in with a 46-0 record, could have gotten the nod.

In the middleweight main event of the same card, it was a similar story. Golovkin and Jacobs was an enthralling, albeit less exciting, 12-rounder that appeared tight on the scorecards. However, on this occasion, the unbeaten superstar got the benefit of the doubt. And among boxing folk on Twitter, there was significant doubt. But we will get to that in a moment.

The fight started slowly, with Golovkin stalking and Jacobs moving around looking to counter. Jacobs seemed intent on using his significant reach advantage to keep Golovkin at bay, disrupt the heavy-handed Kazakh’s rhythm and forward march. Very little happened in the opening three rounds and one could see that period being scored 30-27 to either fighter.

The first major incident of the fight occurred in the fourth when Golovkin dropped Jacobs along the ropes with a pair of right hands. It wasn’t a heavy knockdown and Jacobs seemed clear-headed when he rose to his feet, but it was enough to earn Golovkin a 10-8 round.

The Brooklyn native rebounded well and had big rounds in the sixth and seventh. It was nip and tuck thereafter, with Jacobs flicking out the jab and letting his hands go in sporadic eye-catching flurries, while Golovkin stalked and landed the heavier shots.

Many felt that the fight was on the line in the 12th round and both men gave it their all in a seesaw stanza that was a fitting finale to the bout.

Having scored 23 straight stoppages, Golovkin was forced to go the scheduled distance for the first time since 2008. It was the first time that he had ever done 12 rounds. Jacobs’ own 12-fight stoppage-streak was also snapped.

In the end, the judges seemed to favour the meatier work of Golovkin over the clever, strategic boxing of Jacobs and ‘GGG’ retained a plethora of middleweight titles by scores of 115-112, 115-112 and 114-113.

On Twitter, some cried robbery, but it was nothing of the sort. A strong argument can certainly be made that Jacobs deserved the decision but there is no conspiracy, or even incompetence, here.

With the win, Golovkin moved to 37-0, while Jacobs dropped to 32-2.

Below is a sample of the reaction online…

https://twitter.com/JackRathborn/status/843340480746262528

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.