Golovkin outslugs determined Jacobs as knockout streak ends

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Jacobs gave Golovkin one hell of a fight, the toughest of his 11-year career, and he pushed him to the 12-round distance for the first time, but Golovkin prevailed by unanimous decision at Madison Square Garden.

The first major incident of the fight occurred in the fourth when Golovkin dropped Jacobs along the ropes with a pair of right hands. Golovkin and Alvarez still would need to win a fight apiece before their highly anticipated showdown would become a reality, but Golovkin's promoter thinks Golovkin going the distance for the first time in almost nine years might make Alvarez more comfortable agreeing to face Golovkin. "Danny Jacobs is my favorite fighter".

To the crowd's obvious dismay, Srikaset was given the nod 114-112 on two cards, with a third seeing it 113-113 - a draw. "I won the fight and I won the decision, and all I can do is be gracious in the decision". It had been 23 fights since an opponent made it to the final bell against Golovkin, yet there was Jacobs, winging combinations over the final three rounds, desperately trying to close the gap. He went 12 rounds against a very good fighter and shed the label as just a slugger. But Jacobs, from Brooklyn and, oddly, a representative of the competing arena the Barclays Center, tested him more than anyone has.

He didn't, unlike so many other opponents who have faced Golovkin.

Jacobs thought he won the fight. Jacobs seemed intent on using his significant reach advantage to keep Golovkin at bay, disrupt the heavy-handed Kazakh's rhythm and forward march.

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For many, it was expected that Golovkin would add Jacobs' head to his mantle.

Golovkin is a terrific fighter but that elusive iconic gown is back on the hanger and back in the wardrobe, which is probably somewhere in the basement under the faded The Garden.

Jacobs did not go quietly during the middle rounds. He would survive the round, but Golovkin came out strong to start the fifth, landing a hard right that kept Jacobs on the defensive. Why not acknowledge how last night Jacobs looked huge compared to Golovkin after skipping the IBF's fight day weigh in on Saturday morning? Going into the eighth round, Jacobs had an argument for having won the prior two rounds. He touted himself as a gentleman over gangster, but let fly his fists fly in the name of knocking out Golovkin Saturday night.

The fight did not materialise as on May 2016, the Mexican star vacated the WBC middleweight title, which was duly awarded to Golovkin and he was later recognised by the WBC as the designated champion of the division.

Even in defeat, Jacobs earned the respect of the boxing world.