Boxer Gennady Golovkin has retained his middleweight championship belts after an unanimous decision against Daniel Jacobs.
PRIOR to his world middleweight title tilt against division leader Gennady Golovkin in New York's Madison Square Garden, not many people gave Daniel Jacobs a real chance of securing the upset.
It felt like it was a matter of time that a big right would land and two of them did in quick succession in the fourth which sent Jacobs to the canvas. And while ultimately Jacobs did come out second best to Golovkin on the scorecards, there were many in attendance - and watching around the world - who believed the American challenger deserved to receive the verdict over his Kazakh opponent.
Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) knocked down Jacobs (32-2, 29 KOs) in the fourth round, but Jacobs recovered well and used his size and speed to keep Golovkin at bay much of the night and turn him into more of a boxer than the power puncher he normally is.
Gonzalez, who won his previous 46 fights, was put down in the first round but battled back to make it a thrilling fight.
The judges dissented. Golovkin kept his multiple titles, prevailing on scores of 114-113 and 115-112 twice. As it went to the 12 round, I had Jacobs up one round and everyone waiting on the edge of their chairs. Moreover, Daniel has not lost a single fight; nine consecutive wins and all by knockout. "Of course, I want that fight", he said. But it's likely a Gennady Golovkin fight against BJ Saunders.
"At times I stood toe-to-toe with him to see what the power was like, what everybody was talking about, and it wasn't that bad", Jacobs said. Srikaset finished the round strong but may have been thinking he still had some work to do in order to win the fight on the cards down the stretch.
"He's my best opponent, he is very smart, he had very good boxing skill, " Golovkin said.
Golovkin outlasted Jacobs in a superb 12-round defence of his middleweight titles on Saturday night. Jacobs, a survivor of ther rare bone cancer osteosarcoma, came back resiliently, switching between orthodox and southpaw stances and landing with his straight right and uppercuts to good effect.
In the end, it was a close fight that I thought could have gone either way.
Going toe to toe with GGG again is not in Jacobs' control.
He added: "I respect him, too, he is a very good man".
A rematch would be the big seller, although the WBC may now order Srikaset to defend against Cuadras as Gonzalez licks his wounds as well as healing from them after suffering a first loss in 47 fights.