Little has separated Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin in 24 unbelievable rounds of boxing. Although this time round unlike in their first meeting in September of 2017. The judges submitted a decision. The decision went in favor of the challenger. Alvarez took the best of Golovkin through 12 punishing, prime rounds to win by majority decision and capture the WBA and WBC middleweight titles. The fight took place at T-Mobile arena on Saturday night 15th September 2018.
The rematch began much as the first bout did. Most of the action took place in the center of the ring as each fighter paced themselves. Alvarez began to take control in the middle rounds, with consistent body punching appearing to wear down Golovkin in the middle round of the contest.
But then came the 10th round. Golovkin swung a solid overhand right which fluctuated the proceedings back in Golovkin’s direction. Golovkin executed the 11th round on all three scorecards, takes the lead going to the 12th round “105-104 Golovkin”.
However, the 12th round was another matter. Judges Dave Moretti and Steve Weisfeld gave Alvarez the nod in a very close 12th. That proved to be the difference, as Alvarez succeeded by a narrow 115-113 margin on two of the cards.
Could there be a Canelo vs. GGG 3?
Seems like Alvarez was open to the idea during his post-fight remarks, surprisingly given the pre-fight rancor.
As for Golovkin, he stormed off to his dressing room, and did not speak after the bout. Although Golovkin out punched Alvarez 234-202 according to the statistics tracking website CompuBox.
These two may not have many other options, though. Daniel Jacobs (who lost a close decision to Golovkin in March 2017) and Billy Joe Saunders loom as potential opponents for both men. Hence the biggest payday, by far, would come with a third and final chapter. The guess here is, after some time to cool off, Golovkin will come around to the idea of completing the trilogy. Above all this match is certainly worth seeing one more time.
#1 Judge Glenn Feldman 114-114
#2 Judge Dave Moretti 115-113 Alvarez
#3 Judge Steve Weisfeld 115-113 Alvarez
As a result the crowd erupts as Alvarez wins a narrow decision. As a result Alvarez is the new World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council middleweight champion of the world. Therefore GGG camp will likely be just as upset about this decision as they were last time. Above all this fight was one was very, very close.
PPV main card:
Canelo Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 knockouts) vs. Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) for unified middleweight championship
Jaime Munguia (30-0-0, 25 KOs) vs. Brandon Cook (20-1-0, 13 KOs) for WBO junior middle weight championship
David Lemieux (39-4-0, 33 KOs) vs. Gary O’Sullivan (28-2-0, 20 KOs), middleweights
Roman Gonzalez (46-2-0, 38 KOs) vs. Moises Fuentes (25-5-1, 14 KOs), junior bantamweights
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