Gennady Golovkin’s KO streak ends in decision win over Daniel Jacobs – ESPN

NEW YORK — Gennady Golovkin lost his knockout streak, but he retained his middleweight championship belts.

Daniel Jacobs gave Golovkin the toughest fight of his 11-year career by pushing him to the 12-round distance for the first time, but Golovkin prevailed by unanimous decision on Saturday night before an electric crowd of 19,939 at Madison Square Garden.

Judges Don Trella and Steve Weisfeld both scored the fight 115-112, and Max DeLuca had it 114-113 for Golovkin, who scored a knockdown in the fourth round. also had Golovkin winning 115-112.

Golovkin’s 23-fight knockout streak, dating to an eight-round decision win in November 2008, came to an end.

As Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) retained his title for the 18th consecutive time — just two away from tying Bernard Hopkins’ division record of 20 — he turned back a stiff challenge from Jacobs in one of the year’s most significant fights, which matched the 160-pound division’s top two fighters.

With the fight as close as it was, they’ll probably stay that way.

“I respect Daniel Jacobs, and he did a very good job and clean job,” Golovkin said. “Daniel Jacobs is my favorite fighter — quality, very good fighter after I knocked him down. I respect his team.”

Mandatory challenger Jacobs (32-2, 29 KOs), who lost his secondary title, came in as a prohibitive underdog but didn’t fight like it, though he suffered the third knockdown of his career.

Jacobs said he believed he won the fight.

“I think I won the fight, and I think the fans support me,” Jacobs said. “I think I won by two rounds at least. They want the big fight [for Golovkin against Canelo Alvarez], and Daniel Jacobs got X’d out. I won the fight, and I won the decision, and all I can do is be gracious in the decision.”

Although Golovkin won, he was not nearly as explosive as fans have come to expect, but trainer Abel Sanchez said he was still happy with how Golovkin performed.

“We got the rounds in. We got the tough rounds that we needed,” Sanchez said. “I give G a 7½ or 8 out of 10. Daniel was very strong and had athleticism, and Gennady’s accuracy was not quite as pinpoint as in the past, but I’m happy with Gennady’s performance, and I’m happy the fans got to see a great fight.”

Before Saturday, the deepest Golovkin had gone into a fight was the 11th round against Martin Murray in a 2015 title defense. Now his KO streak is history.

Gennady Golovkin’s KO streak ends in decision win over Daniel Jacobs – ESPN