By Radio Rahim
Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum had IBF, IBO, WBC, WBA middleweight champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) as the clear winner of last Saturday's fight with mandatory challenger Daniel Jacobs (32-2, 29 KOs).
Two middleweights collided at New York's Madison Square Garden, with Golovkin winning a twelve round unanimous decision in the main event of an HBO Pay-Per-View card.
Jacobs lost the fight and went down in the fourth round, but snapped Golovkin's long streak of 23 knockout wins. The judges saw a close fight, with scores of 114-113, 115-112, 115-112.
Before the fight took place, Arum gave Jacobs a realistic shot to pull off the upset, but felt Golovkin would walk away as the likely winner.
"First of all, Jacobs is very good fighter, a real good middleweight and as such he has a chance with everybody. But Triple G is special, he is a real destroyer. I give Jacobs a chance, but I don't give most fighters a chance with Triple G because he's that good, he hits real hard, and he takes a good punch," Arum told BoxingScene.com.
"Beating Triple G is a really tough task. Danny Jacobs is certainly a deserving foe, but whether he has enough to beat Triple - I'm inclined to doubt it."
Now that the fight is over, Arum felt Jacobs fought really well, but the veteran promoter saw Golovkin as the winner with a 115-112 tally, or in the worst case scenario a score of 114-113.
"I thought it was a good fight. I thought Jacobs did a lot better than people thought, but I still think Triple G won the fight. I was watching on television and I gave him seven rounds to five, and with the point for the knockdown I made it a three point fight - which two of the judges did," Arum said.
"And in the worst case scenario, he won six rounds and in which case he still wins because of the knockdown."