Gennady Golovkin vs Saul Alvarez
In a Super Fight, dominant, hard hitting champion, Gennady Golovkin, and big money fighter, hard hitting Saul Alvarez, battle it out in Las Vegas, after a couple of years of the fight being talked about, and seeming unlikely to happen. The fight is one of the most highly anticipated in the world, one of the most meaningful, significant fights out there. The fight is for Golovkin's WBA, WBC, and IBF middleweight world titles.
Alvarez gets off to a good start, as he outboxes Golovkin, who struggles pin him down in the first couple of rounds. Alvarez moves, defends very well, lands a few good shots.
Golovkin swings the fight in his favour in rounds 3-9, Alvarez continues to move well, but Golovkin, forcing more pressure, bullying Alvarez, who seems to start to tire in round 4. Alvarez lands some good combinations, enough to make rounds 3 and 6 close, his defence is brilliant, but for most of rounds 3-9, Alvarez is out worked and bullied, as Golovkin lands the jab, and lands a fair few power shots, in round 5, lands a great right hand to the back of the jaw, a great right hand early in round 8, lands a fair few power shots that aren't fully clean, but are scoring punches, and Alvarez, not doing much work in the mid rounds.
Probably losing the fight, Alvarez tries to force a late rally, lands a few flush, clean shots in rounds 10 and 11, lands great shots that register, but can't hurt Golovkin, who keeps coming, can't match Alvarez's stand out, quality punches, but lands more punches as he finds the target with decent power shots late in the rounds, and still uses his jab effectively.
Golovkin pressures Alvarez in round 12, lands some hard shots, but Alvarez seems to find a second wind, outlands Golovkin as they open up and trade punches, lands the better shots, but is still unable to hurt Golovkin.
The general consensus is that Golovkin has done enough to win by 2, possibly 4 points, but both raise their gloves, and some have different opinions. The judges score an extremely controversial 110-118 in Alvarez's favour, a slightly controversial 114-114 draw, and a non-controversial 115-113 win for Golovkin, the last two, understandable, but the public, disgusted with Adalaide Byrd. The decision is a split draw.
'You know today, is really, a big Mexican day, congratulations to all my friends from Mexico'.
(Did you feel the power of Golovkin?) 'No truthfully not, not like everyone spoke about, not what I thought, no it really didn't surprise me'.
Bleacherreport: 116-112 Golovkin
Boxing people's opinions
Oscar De La Hoya: 115-113 Alvarez