Golovkin Goes All Twelve Rounds With Jacobs

Jacobs, whose goes by 'Miracle Man, ' has already beat cancer, something he says has prepared him for his next big fight this Saturday against his Gennady Golovkin at Madison Square Garden for HBO's pay-per-view fight.

But when the scorecards were read the anticipation of victory was shattered by a stunning defeat. It was a very close fight, one that Golovkin was heavily favored in.

Golovkin went from 159.6 at the official weigh-in to 169.6 for the IBF fight-day weigh-in.

The highly anticipated contest between Golovkin and Alvarez may take place at the latter stages, however, it would not be the first time the idea of the tie has surfaced. I definitely think it could've been a draw - at least.

There was a look of utter weariness about Jacobs in the last few rounds, he moved along the ropes, his jaw open, his eyes wide and yet, for some unusual reason, Golovkin never finished him off. Jacobs looked ready for the end, a punch or two from a stoppage at any point from about round nine; amazingly he won rounds ten and eleven to make the fight very close going into the last. "But I can't cry". I'm really happy with my performance.

"I know I'm ready, 100 percent".

On the undercard there was a huge shock as Roman Gonzalez's unbeaten run came to a halt as he surrendered his WBC super-flyweight title to Thailand's Sor Rungvisai. "This was my first test at 12 rounds".

Golovkin said in the post-fight press conference that he would like to fight Billy Joe Saunders for the WBO middleweight crown in his native Kazakhstan next.

It was the first time Golovkin had failed to finish an opponent in 24 fights, a streak dating back to 2008.

Golovkin did send Jacobs to the canvas in the fourth round, but the USA fighter recovered. Jacobs probably could have jabbed more to increase his control to the ring, while Golovkin could have aimed to the body a bit more to prevent Jacobs from winning. A vicious toe-to-toe exchange to end the seventh brought the crowd to its feet. Jacobs underwent surgery, and returned to the ring 15 months later in October, 2012.

But the American was having some success with left hooks as he cutely threw two that landed after clinches in the third.

Jacobs won't be easy, but he isn't the one to stop Golovkin. When the bell sounded Jacobs collapsed into the ropes. If the decision had gone to Jacobs I would not have been surprised. The multiple Golden Gloves champion from Brownsville had his life and career threatened when a cancerous tumor wrapped itself around his spine in 2010. No matter how the fight played out, said the pundits, it was certain to end inside the distance. It was a close fight and many felt that Gonzalez, who came in with a 46-0 record, could have gotten the nod. Beating Golovkin would have validated his middleweight supremacy and position him for crossover stardom.

Jacobs, a pugilist from Pitkin Ave., weighed in at 159.8 pounds Friday morning.

  • Lila Blake