Was It Highway Robbery or Not? GGG Gets Decision over Jacobs at Madison Square Garden, Unifies Middleweight Title
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
New York, NY (March 19th, 2017)– It was a clash of middleweight champions. Earlier the morning of the bout, Saturday, March 18, 2017, Danny Jacobs did not show up for a second weigh-in required by the International Boxing Federation to be no higher than 170 pounds, so the IBF belt held by Gennady Golovkin was not at stake. The WBC, WBA Super, and IBO World Middleweight title bouts were at stake for both, but the IBF world title was at stake for GGG only.
To everybody at ringside and watching the main event bout on HBO Pay-Per-View, Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin needed a knockout in rounds 10, 11 or 12 to win. Danny Jacobs appeared to have won the bout on the cards at the end of round nine. The judges did not see it that way. Jacobs did take off round 12, preferring mostly to clinch. It turns out he had already lost the bout on the cards going into the final round, which all in attendance as well as the ringside commentators did not realize.
In the end, Jacobs, who won the first three rounds switching from orthodox to southpaw stance, using lightning fast straight jabs and superior body work, needed only to stick to the Andre Rozier game plan and win rounds, round by round. Instead, GGG dropped Jacobs for a flash knockdown with a short right hand along the ropes in round four. Jacobs got up unhurt, but GGG won a 10-8 round, and followed by winning round 5. The rounds from that point seemed for Jacobs, except the eighth and the 12th and maybe the 11th.
The bout was clean, and most certainly the best bout ever fought by both men in their
Professional careers. GGG goes to 37-0 with 33 knockouts, Los Angeles, California by way
of Kazakhstan. Jacobs falls to 32-2 with 29 knockouts, Brownsville Brooklyn, New York.
Result: Gennady Golovkin Win 12, Daniel Jacobs, Middleweights
GGG wins WBA Super World Middleweight Title
GGG retains WBC, IBF and IBO World Middleweight titles
Jacobs was knocked down for a flash knockdown in round 4. There was no count.
Scoring: 115-112, 115-112, and 114-113 for Golovkin. Referee: Charlie Fitch
Madison Square Garden Undercard Televised Results
Wisaksil Wangek, also known as Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, knocked down Roman Gonzalezin the first round, inadvertently clashed head with Gonzalez in round three. Gonzalez bled from a cut on the right eye from the butt. Wangek was penalized a point in round six for head butting again. In the end, Wangek, a Thai fighter, upset the 46-0 Gonzalez, the BoxRec number one ranked flyweight, by majority decision, to win the World Boxing Council World Super Flyweight title. It was the biggest upset scored by a Thailand fighter in the history of Thailand professional boxing.
Wangek wins WBC World Super Flyweight Title
Scoring: 114-112, 114-112 Wangek. 113-113 draw. Referee: Steve Willis
Carlos Cuadras Win 10 David Carmona, Mexican Super Flyweights on Neutral Territory
Ex-champion Cuadras got an undercard gift decision. The Garden crowd booed decision.
Untelevised Portion of Madison Square Garden Card
Ryan ‘Blue Chip’ Martin TKO 8 Bryant ‘Pee Wee’ Cruz, Lightweights (0:45)
Martin retains WBC Continental Americas Lightweight title. Cruz stopped standing.
Andy Lee Win 8 KeAndrae Laetherwood, Middleweights Crossroads Bout
All factors considered. 35-3-1 Lee has 15 bouts more experience than Leatherwood, 19-4-1.
Matt McKinney Win Majority Decision 4 Jay McFarlane, Heavyweights
4-2-2 California heavyweight McKinney, age 35, unbeaten in last five pro bouts.
Serhii Bohachuk TKO 3 Yasmani Pedroso, Super Welterweights (2:28)
Pedroso down twice in the third round. Count waived.
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