By Derek Bonnett at The Garden
The main event between Gennady Golovkin and Danny Jacobs pit the two best middleweight in the world against one another at Madison Square Garden. Although a New York native, Jacobs hardly held the hometown edge as Golovkin fans came out in masses to support the visiting champion. The tension at MSG was high following Roman Gonzalez’ upset loss to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, but the main event at hand had fans ready for another thrilling ride.
The first round was a typical feel out session as neither boxer committed to his best punches. Golovkin stalked and Jacobs backed up mostly, but neither fighter gained a decisive advantage over the other. Jacobs landed a good left high on the head of Golovkin to start the second. Golovkin’s right hand came over the top and momentarily staggered Jacobs back into the ropes. Jacobs proved an elusive target for the remainder of the round and used the ring to his advantage. Jacobs pumped the jab in succession to hold off Golovkin. Golovkin worked the body as Jacobs lingered on the ropes. Jacobs returned fire with the jab. Golovkin landed with a big hook to close the round. Jacobs nodded that it was a good punch and shrugged it off. Golovkin broke through and hurt Jacobs with a barrage to produce a knockdown early in round four. The jab set up an overhand right which did most of the damage. GGG continued to tag Jacobs amid the chants of his name from The Garden faithful. Jacobs recovered well and managed to get his punches together. Golovkin landed a solid uppercut and then two hooks to finish the round. Golovkin turned up the attack in round five, adding some good body work from his arsenal. Jacobs seemed unfazed from the knockdown round and finished the fifth well. Golovkin did manage to crack him with a nice hook at the bell though. Both fighters showed mutual respect in round six by boxing more carefully than yet in the fight. A brawl in the upper level seating stole the attention from the ring momentarily, but the two boxers pulled us back in with skillful jabs defense. Golovkin led 58-56 at the midway point on SecondsOut’s card.
Golovkin cornered Jacobs midway through the seventh and unleashed a two-fisted attack. Jacobs ate a left hook, but then back Golovkin off his with a volley of shots. Golovkin took the round with harder shot, but Jacobs was in this round every step of the way and showed no desire to back down at the bell. Jacobs boxed well in the eighth and continued the pattern of keeping each round close. Golovkin covered up under the fire of Jacobs’ looping right hooks. Golovkin fought uncharacteristically sedate in round nine and had trouble letting his hands go. Jacobs moved well around the ring and unleashed some solid hooks to the head and downstairs. A Golovkin uppercut wobbled Jacobs and ignited a firefight at the end of the frame. Jacobs controlled round ten with good boxing skills behind the jab. Golovkin’s punch-rate remained lower and his heavy shots seemed to have little impact on Jacobs. Jacobs landed a big left hook at the end of the round and pumped himself up afterward. Golovkin moved his hands well in the eleventh, using the jab and uppercut to keep Jacobs in the ropes. Jacobs dug deep with some hooks to the torso of GGG. Jacobs landed well with a pair of hooks near the end of the round. The action of the twelfth was back and forth. However, Jacobs landed the cleaner, harder punches down the stretch to combat Golovkin’s earlier work in the inside. SecondsOut favored Jacobs 115-114 scoring the knockdown and a couple rounds even.
The official judges saw it 115-112 twice and 114-113 all in favor of Golovkin. Golovkin upped his dossier to 37-0-0 (33). Jacobs fell to 32-2-0 (29).