Gennady Golovkin failed to stop an opponent for the first time in nine years, after the American Daniel Jacobs took the Kazakhstani the distance on the 18th March 2017. Following the victory, Triple G retained his WBA (Super), WBC, IBO and IBF Middleweight titles. In a bout which he struggled in, Daniel Jacobs really surprised fans by taking Golovkin the distance and although he lost, Jacobs is convinced the judges made the wrong decision and that he done enough to claim the victory.
In a thrilling twelve round battle, Golovkin was definitely tested and nearly beaten by Jacobs, who is the first ever cancer survivor to win a world title and was incensed that he never won the fight and he expressed those emotions by tweeting after the fight; ‘I respect Golovkin, but i clearly won the fight and the fans support me on that. No matter what, i proved myself as a champion tonight’. The American was left reeling after a close call from the judges and in a post fight interview, Jacobs also had this to say; ‘After being knocked down, i told him he would have to kill me and when i got up i thought, is this all he has? I got back up and i won the fight’.
Furthermore, Jacobs is one of a small handful of fighters who have taken Golovkin the distance and he will have raised some eyebrows across the Middleweight division, with many feeling he should take on current WBO Middleweight champ Billy Joe Saunders or IBO Super Middleweight title holder Chris Eubank Jnr. However, Jacobs did not speak about his next move or what his plans are following this defeat.
On the other hand, Triple G is heading towards a super fight with current WBO Light Middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. Golovkin spoke of this potential fight and stated; ‘Of course I’m ready to fight Alvarez, I’m very hungry, mad and excited for this fight’.
With a lot of superb talent in the Middleweight division, the division is currently making a lot of noise, with a lot of rumours surrounding huge bouts and eagerly anticipated title defences.