Gennady Golovkin tweets for the first time since beating Daniel Jacobs

Gennady Golovkin v Daniel Jacobs

Gennady Golovkin successfully defended his collection of middleweight titles for an 18th time, as he defeated Daniel Jacobs in a unanimous decision - with the closely-fought points victory.

The result was the first time Golovkin has failed KO his opponent in nine years.

But the 34-year-old extended his undefeated record to 37-0, as he consigned Jacobs to the canvas in the fourth round on the way to securing 115-112 115-112 114-113 scores from the judges.

The Kazakh's success edges him a step closer to securing a huge bout with Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.

"Of course, I'm ready [to fight Canelo]," Golovkin said after the fight.

"I'm very hungry. I'm very mad and excited - I'm like an animal for this fight."

Tom Loeffler, Golovkin's promoter, was remained positive about the prospect of a fight between the fighter from Kazakhstan and the Mexican Alvarez, insisting that the pair "agreed on a lot of points" following the news that an attempted unification fight against Billy Joe Saunders, the Brit being the WBO middleweight champion, failed to come to fruition.

Golovkin took to social media to express his delight, first posting a picture of himself and his crew captioned "With my team", before gloating with a photograph of the Kazakh adorned with his championships - entitled "All the belts #whosnext".

If CompuBox is to be trusted, Golovkin appeared to outpunch the 30-year-old American 231 to 175, but Jacobs - who previously became the boxer to survive cancer and win a belt - was adamant that he had done enough to win in New York.

"After the knockdown, I told him he would have to kill me [to knock me out]," Jacobs said. "When I got up, I thought, 'This is all he has? I got back up and I thought I won the fight.'"

Jacobs also posted on social media in the aftermath of the bout, reiterating his opinion that he was hard done by in the ring:

"I respect [Golovkin], but I clearly won the fight and the fans support me on that. No matter what, I proved myself to be a champion tonight."

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