Former WBA 'regular' middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs (33-2, 29 KOs) maintains that he was rightful winner of the March encounter with IBF, IBO, WBC, WBA 'super' champion Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs).
Jacobs was dropped in the fourth round, but came back swinging hard to make the contest very close before a packed crowd at New York's Madison Square Garden.
The scores were 114-113, 115-112 and 115-112 in Golovkin's favor to return his titles.
Jacobs returned to the ring two weeks ago and won a dominant decision over Luis Arias at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
He says after the contest with Golovkin was completed, the undefeated puncher had the demeanor of a boxer who lost the fight and wasn't sure of what would happen.
Jacobs also says there were a lot of excuses being thrown around with respect his positive performance.
"Looking into Triple-G’s eyes afterward, I saw a defeated man. In his mind, body, heart and soul was a lack of confidence, doubting which way the decision would go, not knowing what the outcome would be. I was confident in my accomplishment," Jacobs told Premier Boxing Champions.
"As he went back to the corner [after the 11th,] his trainer, Abel Sanchez, was saying, 'You gave that round away,' or, 'You slipped in that last round and you’ve gotta do better the next round.'
"Even with the knockdown, I thought I’d won until right before the decision was announced. The fact that they made excuses, saying I weighed as much as a light heavyweight, is a huge pat on my back and a compliment."
Coming into that fight, everyone had expected Jacobs to get knocked out by the very big puncher.
Jacobs had been knocked out before and dropped by lesser punchers. Golovkin had knocked out his last 23 opponents so nobody had expected the fight to last the twelve round distance.
"Golovkin had been knocking everyone out for the last [nine] years, right? I’m the underdog going in with a suspect chin who’s going to get knocked out. If I had a suspect chin, wouldn’t I have been exposed?," Jacobs said.
"But I took all those punches from the boogey man. My mentality after the knockdown, knowing it was going to be a 10-8 round, was to skip the game plan. I stopped preserving my energy by continuing to box, move and finesse as I had been.
"My nature is, instinctively, to bang, toe-to-toe. When he engaged, I wanted to bang, figuring I’d land a shot. That wasn’t initially the game plan due to the risk involved, but I was trying to hurt him, letting him know I could do that. Golovkin was projected to be pound-for-pound one of the best knockout artists, if not fighters, so what I did against him in that fourth round and on that night speaks volumes."