Alvarez wins by majority decision
In an exciting bout, Gennady Golovkin was beaten by Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez who took the WBA and WBC middleweight titles. The defeat is the first suffered by Golovkin in 40 fights.
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez has claimed the WBC and WBA world middleweight titles by beating Gennady Golovkin with a points decision in an action-packed fight. The pair were facing each other in a re-match of the fight dubbed Supremacy which took place in September last year and ended in a split draw.
Gennady Golovkin, known as Triple G, faced Alvarez almost 12 months to the day from when the pair first met. In that encounter, the Kazakh boxer felt he had done enough to beat his Mexican opponent, but was shocked when the bout was given as a draw, thanks to a dubious judge card.
Judge Adalaide Byrd scored the fight 118-110 to Alvarez, Judge Dave Moretti scored the bout 115-113 in favour of Golovkin and judge Don Trella scored the bout at 114-114 to create the draw.
In this encounter the outcome was even worse, with two judges scoring the fight 115-113 in favour of Canelo and the third judge scoring level at 114-114, giving Golovkin his first taste of defeat in his professional career. A career that looked like it could end undefeated for the 36-year-old. His recent form had been excellent, beating Vanes Martirosyan (36 3 1), Daniel Jacobs (32 1 0), Kell Brook (36 0 0) and Dominic Wade (18 0 0) in the last two years.
In this fight, it was Golovkin who was more effective in the early stage. His jab dished out lots of damage, but he also landed some powerful blows to Alvarez. The left hook and uppercut looked dangerous to the 28-year-old but while Golovkin was dictating the pace and had the higher work rate, some of Alvarez’s counter-punches tested Golovkin’s chin.
Alvarez’s stamina came under close scrutiny as Golovkin ramped up the pressure in the later rounds. The Mexican showed bloody determination as he fended off a large barrage by the seasoned pro to scrape the win. In fairness, neither fighter deserved to lose as they both played their part in an enthralling competition.
Winner Alvarez acknowledged the closeness of the fight and how vital a strong finish to the fight was.
Many pundits felt the fight was one of the best of the year due to the commitment and its non-stop nature. However, another rematch seems incredibly likely. Golovkin spoke after the fight and reiterated his belief that he won the fight and suggested a return to the ring for the pair.
So far, the two fights between the men have caused so many talking points and divides that another fight seems almost inevitable. It’s possible to re-watch the fight several times and change your mind about who was the winner, such was the closeness of the bout. Golovkin will be hurt he has lost his unbeaten tag, but a big money rematch between the two seems more than likely.