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What are we used to seeing from GGG?  Knockout wins!  On Saturday night we almost saw a loss, as Gennady Golovkin (37-0, 33 KO’s) barely gets by Daniel Jacobs (32-2, 29 KO’s).  Golovkin Started off the fight by stalking his prey (Jacobs), just as he usually does, and in the 4th round, GGG knocked Jacobs down.  Just another Golovkin fight where he imposes his will on his overmatched opponent right?  Wrong!!!!!

Jacobs would recover from the knockdown and continue on.  The jab and movement were the keys for Jacobs.  He had a plan and he stuck to it.  He has to be given credit for that, because as the great Mike Tyson once said, “Everyone has a plan ’til they get hit in the mouth”.  Well jacobs got his alright, but he stayed tough and went the distance with GGG even though he lost the fight.  Golovkin made one critical mistake that almost lost him the fight, and if he wasn’t such a smart and skilled boxer, he would have lost.  His mistake was that he didn’t go to the body.  GGG is one of the best body punchers in the sport, and he totally abandoned that in this fight.  In fact, Jacobs landed more body punches then Golovkin.

Not going to the body, allowed Jacobs to keep moving and give Golovkin fits.  The final Scores of the fight were 115-112/115-112/114-113 all in favor of Golovkin.  I scored the fight 114-113, giving each man 6 rounds a piece with the knock down being the 1 point difference in the score.  Golovkin looked as if he grossly underestimated Jacobs, and one must ask the question.  Does GGG care anymore unless Canelo Alvarez is his opponent?  I don’t know the answer to that question, but it sure did look like it.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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