The native from Brooklyn was knocked down in the fourth round, but got up and fought competitively, losing to GGG in a close unanimous decision at a sold-out Madison Square Garden Saturday evening.
Judges Steve Weisfield and Don Trella scored the fight 115-112, while Max DeLuca had it 114-113.
Golovokin, who was entering the contest on a 23-fight knockout streak, went the distance for the first time and defended his WBA (Super), WBC, and IBO middleweight titles for the 18th consecutive time, approaching Bernard Hopkin’s record of twenty.
Golovkin’s IBF title was not at stake because Jacob’s skipped a fight-day weight check.
Jacobs thought he won the fight.
— Daniel Jacobs (@DanielJacobsTKO) March 19, 2017
The mandatory title fight started cautiously for the first three rounds with neither fighter willing to take much of a chance. Jacobs was probably the busier of the two early, but it was the fourth round when a pair of classic GGG right hands caught Jacobs flush and excited the crowd for the first and only knockdown of the fight.
GGG tried to swarm, but Jacobs defended well. Another opportunity came for GGG in the ninth round, when he had Jacobs wobbled and hurt, but the bell rang before he could finish him.
Jacobs stunned Golovkin in the tenth round with a shot, but was unable to follow up.
Golovkin was forced to use all of his boxing skills, but moved forward after the fourth to dictate most of the bout.
The attention now turns to Golovkin’s future.
The big money fight with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez still looms in the future for GGG, but “Canelo” faces Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. May 6.
Golovkin said in the post-fight press conference that he would like to fight Billy Joe Saunders for the WBO middleweight crown in his native Kazakhstan next.