Golovkin said he was taking Jacobs more seriously. Knowing what he's going against, and has faced in the past, Forbes said Jacobs is ready for this moment. Where the fight takes place will certainly take much longer to find out. He was landing hard combinations and appeared to have Jacobs staggering before the bell stopped the action.
Jacobs rose from a fourth-round knockdown - the result of a series of clubbing rights set up by that hammer left jab - and weathered the storm in a rocky fifth round. Gonzalez, considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport, is 46-1. However, he did lose something in the old ring inside boxing's sacred house, he lost that look of total invincibility that has protected him. That was to setup a potential rematch with Roman Gonzalez for the flyweight title, but those plans were thrown away when Gonzalez suffered defeat in the final undercard fight. Hopefully, Alvarez holds up his end of the bargain in May against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and his promoter Oscar de la Hoya doesn't tuck his head between his legs.
People questioned whether Golovkin could respond when forced to box by his opponent.
David Lemieux chose not to do morning of weigh in before the Curtis Stevens fight, and it seemed to not impact him, beyond making him ineligible to win an IBF lesser 160 belt.
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Jacobs surprised many, including ostensibly Golovkin, by doing very good work from the Southpaw stance. And make no mistake: He's a real challenge for Golovkin, quite possibly the biggest the Kazakh has yet faced.
It's interesting that Jacobs stated that definitely GGG was not the boogeyman, but then how come he was so cautious against him? Jacobs kept his hands busy as Golovkin tried to land a knockout punch.
Gennady Golovkin faces his toughest test to date when he takes on Daniel Jacobs in NY during the early hours of Sunday morning.
"For that fight I am like an animal". Nicknamed "Miracle Man, " after overcoming bone cancer in 2011-12 to win 10 straight fights, he almost pulled off the huge upset.
"They want the big fight, and Daniel Jacobs got X'd out". CBS Sports had it even 114-114 with Golovkin knocking down Jacobs for a 10-8 score in Round 4.
"I think I won by two rounds minimum", Jacobs said.
The Limerick middleweight emerged victorious on all three judge's scorecards - 80-72, 78-74 and 79-73 - after eight rounds to cap a successful weekend of boxing for the Irish Stateside following Michael Conlan's win over Tim Ibarra at the same venue 24 hours earlier.