Canelo Alvarez is the only fighter to ever beat Gennadiy Golovkin.
And now he has achieved this feat twice.
For the first time in their rivalry, Alvarez was in complete control of a fight against Golovkin. Unlike their first two bouts, which were extremely competitive and close, this one was one-sided. Alvarez outshot and beat Golovkin, nearly doubling up, 85-46, with power punches, and he was faster and sharper all night.
The lethal shotgun jab was never a factor as Golovkin simply couldn’t keep up with Alvarez’s speed. He could not withstand any measure of pressure and never had an inch of doubt about the decision to come. Inaction certainly didn’t help Golovkin. After all the build up and hype, he just looked like a shell of himself in this fight.
Alvarez wasn’t the best, but there was no doubt he was better than Golovkin.
There were no contradictions in the trilogy.
Despite some unusual results where two judges scored the fight in one round, despite Alvarez controlling the vast majority of the fight, it was scored a unanimous decision for Alvarez.
It didn’t live up to expectations or the pace of the first two bouts. Golovkin looked old and slow, in stark contrast to Alvarez, who was immediately the aggressor. Golovkin had flashes of power in the final rounds, but regardless of what two judges will tell you, that decision was never in question.
The trilogy is over and there is finally clarity between these two fighters. After 36 rounds, there is no doubt that Alvarez is the better fighter right now. Golovkin remained competitive in the second half of the fight, but it didn’t matter after he was overly cautious in the first six rounds. With age playing a major factor, Golovkin had to move – except for the fact that the fight was effectively over when he started taking some risks.
The end is near for Golovkin. Although Alvarez has looked far less fresh over the last five rounds, this result is inevitable. Unless Golovkin can throw him out, he won’t get another chance against Alvarez.
Golovkin continued to apply pressure in round 10, finally connecting with his left jab. There was even a triple strike from Triple G. He put in a valiant effort in those late rounds, but a knockout would be his only path to victory.
While his obituary was being written, Golovkin came back to life. He backed up Alvarez on two separate occasions and his right hand finally emerged as a factor. Alvarez also landed a heavy right hand. Without a doubt, this was the most competitive, gripping round of the bout.
Alvarez continued to throw first strikes in the eighth. For the first time in his career, Golovkin looks old. It’s still possible to think that Alvarez will win this by knockout, but there’s no doubting how the judges are grading this fight.
There is no reason to believe that Golovkin will win this fight. Alvarez has time, and while he didn’t do much damage here, he landed the only meaningful shots of the round.
The final becomes inevitable and there must be arguments about that outcome.
Before tonight, Golovkin had beaten Alvarez in three-quarters of their 24 rounds. That was not the case in this fight. This was the most competitive round from Golovkin and he still couldn’t land the punch. But that could be due to the hesitancy to counter from Alvarez, who was cleaner and faster in each round.
Alvarez continued to punish Golovkin, landing punches to the upper body. Golovkin hasn’t landed any big punches yet, but he’s certainly eating them. A kick to the ribs completely knocked Golovkin off balance and he delivered another uppercut.
After losing his last fight, this has been a statement so far from Canelo.
Alvarez continues to distance himself in each subsequent round. Golovkin will need to attack the body to win the fight, which has yet to happen through four rounds.
Alvarez has the more explosive hands, which was evident with his left hook. A lot can change the rest of the fight, but Golovkin is showing his age right now. Alvarez fought on the front foot and that brought him success in the third.
Neither fighter was able to establish any real body work after two rounds. Alvarez landed an uppercut with just under 29 seconds left in the round, but it’s still anyone’s fight.
If the first two fights taught us anything, it’s that no round can be taken for granted.
Alvarez was more aggressive than Golovkin in the first round, but that was mostly feel. Golovkin’s jab was not a factor in the first three minutes.
The main event has been postponed due to a long lead-up phase
After three national anthems, two exits, introductions and tons of commercials…
We are finally ready to start the battle.
It’s time for the Main Event
After a horribly lip-synced Kazakh national anthem – the song was going on before the singer even started and the microphone was cut off when he tried to speak into it at the end of the song – we’re one step closer to the main event.
Rodriguez recorded a win
The super flyweight bout went the distance, with champion Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez defeating Israel Gonzalez via unanimous decision. It was a more contested fight than the scorecards indicated, but the right man won.
After a long wait – it initially looked like this fight would take place in 2019 – the next fight is Alvarez vs. Golovkin.
The fight line continues to jump for Alvarez, but it would be short-sighted to dismiss Golovkin. He almost won both of his fights against Canelo – actually those results were poor.
Golovkin finally gets another chance to kill Alvarez. Setting the pace in the early rounds will be critical for him.
Canelo vs GGG preview
Canelo Alvarez defends his undisputed super middleweight title tonight against Gennadiy Golovkin.
Alvarez won their last fight in September 2018, permanently breaking Golovkin’s unbeaten record. It was a rematch of their first meeting, which took place a year before and ended in a draw.
Now, four years later and 24 rounds into the race between the eternal rivals, comes the long-awaited trilogy fight.
The odds have Alvarez (57-2-2, 39 KOs) as the overwhelming favorite. He is coming off a rare loss last May, defeated by Dmitri Bivol by unanimous decision. That happened at 175 pounds, but now he’s back at 160 against Golovkin (42-1-1, 37 KOs). The first two fights were incredibly close, but both age and incentive are an advantage here for Alvarez.
Eight years younger than the 40-year-old Golovkin, this fight represents a chance for Alvarez to reassert himself as the best fighter in the world. A win here would help erase the shame of this loss for the Buffaloes. Yet this is also Golovkin’s last fight. If he doesn’t emerge victorious, then he won’t find himself in another opportunity like this lead fight. The win, however, sets the wheels in motion for a fourth fight (and hopefully we won’t have to wait four years for the rematch).
Rounds are expected to take place at 11:00 PM ET. Follow SI.com for more information.
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