It was a night to remember at the Madison Square Garden in New York City Saturday night. Two of the best P4P boxers had the toughest fights of their careers.
WBA, WBC, IBF, IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, 37-0 (33), had his 23 straight knockout streak looking like number 24 in the fourth round when dropped Brooklyn’s Danny “Miracle Man” Jacobs, 32-2 (29). He managed to beat the count of referee Charley Fitch. Jacobs had dropped two of the first three rounds so he really found himself in a hole but at least he survived the round.
Jacobs looked much larger than Golovkin. Possibly because he weighed in Friday but refused to weigh in again Saturday the day of the fight which meant though Golovkin gained ten pounds over night to come in at 170 Jacobs could have been as heavy as 180. We will never know but he had something to hide because the boxers could not weigh more than ten pounds of each other. This meant that Jacobs even if he won he wouldn’t win any of the titles not going by the rules.
Jacobs bounced back in the fifth round only to lose the sixth to Golovkin. Jacobs would come back and win rounds seven and eight. Golovkin took round nine and Jacobs round ten. It was 95-94 Golovkin at that point due to the knockdown in the fourth round. Golovkin had to pull out the last two rounds and did for the victory. Jacobs had a swollen left eye but not closed at the end. Ring announcer Michael Buffer read the scores of the three judges. Max DeLuca 114-113, both judges Don Trella and Steve Weisfeld along with this writer 115-112 all for the defending champion from KAZ Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. The winner was gracious as usual not saying one way or another whether he won or lost. He said he knew Jacobs would be difficult and was underrated. On the other hand Jacobs thought he won the fight and naturally was disappointed. Rematch? Not so fast. Golovkin plans to go back to his country of KAZ in June for a title defense and possibly meet WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders of the UK. For Jacobs a match up with Canadian David Lemieux, 37-3, who recently won the vacant WBO Inter-continental and WBC Continental Americas title would be an explosive fight or Jermall Charlo, 25-0, who is moving up to middleweight and vacating his IBF super welterweight title. He could even move up to 168 with his size.
The shocking upset was in the co-feature when WBC World super flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez, 46-1, of Nicaragua had his unbeaten record stopped at 46. In a brutal battle he would be defeated by Srisaket Sor Rungvisai aka Wisaksil Wangek, 42-4-1, of Thailand, by majority decision. Gonzalez was down in the first round and Rungvisai-Wangek lost a point for a head but in round six by referee Steve Willis. Gonzalez showed the real mark of a warrior when he was cut with blood covering his face. Without the cut he probably would have had a victory.
Judge Waleska Rolan had it 113-113 while Glenn Feldman and Julie Lederman scored it 114-112 for the winner as did this writer. Where does Gonzalez go from here? Either a rematch of drop back to 112.