Gennady Golovkin retained his world middleweight titles after beating Danny Jacobs at Madison Square Garden last night (18/03/2017).

This victory however ended Golovkin’s 23 knockout streak which began in 2008.

Only one knockdown was made during the fight and that was from Golovkin when he knocked down Jacobs in the fourth.

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Two ringside judges scored the fight 115-112 whilst the third judge scored the fight 114-113, all three scores in Golovkin’s favour.

Speaking after the fight, the Kazakh admired the tough test that Jacobs had put him through.

I couldn’t destroy him. He is a very clean, very good fighter. It is my first test for 12 rounds. This is sport. I am a boxer, I am not a killer. I respect his game.

Despite Golovkin being known for his punching power, Jacobs was not affected by the powerful blows he had taken during the fight.

At times I stood toe-to-toe with him to see what the power was like, what everybody was talking about, and it wasn’t that bad,

The IBF title was not on the line however, with Jacobs declining to attend the Saturday morning weigh in.

Jacobs needed to be within the 10 pounds of Friday’s official weigh in or lose the chance to fight for the IBF belt.

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