Golovkin edges Jacobs in epic 12-round fight


Gennady Golovkin edged Danny Jacobs in an exhausting 12-round defence of his middleweight titles on Saturday night in New York.

Golovkin and Jacobs are famed for their knockouts, yet this fight went the distance with both fighters landing a stream of quality shots.

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It was the first time that Golovkin had not won by KO in 24 fights, and the first time that he had ever been taken to 12 rounds.

The Kazakh won after scoring 115-112 on the cards of two judges and 114-113 on the third judge’s.

CompuBox statistics showed that Golovkin landed 231 of 615 punches (or 37.6 percent) while Jacobs hit home with 175 out of 541 (32.3 percent.)

In the toughest fight of his career, Golovkin’s rhythm was disrupted by Jacobs changing stances from left to right hand. Golovkin sent Jacobs to the canvas in the fourth, while a series of hard right hands throughout the duration of the fight were just enough to give him the win. His record now stands at 37-0.

Jacobs’ record falls to 32-2.

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