Gennady Golovkin vs Saul Alvarez

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Gennady Golovkin vs Saul Alvarez
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4.3
Average: 4.3 (10 votes)

Date: 
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Location: 
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
160
Titles at Stake: 
WBA, WBC, IBF Middleweight World Titles
Referee: 
Kenny Bayless

Official Judging
Don Trella 114 - 114
Adalaide Bryd 110 - 118
Dave Moretti 115 - 113

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In an incredible fight, which everybody had looked forward to for so long, Gennady Golovkin, and Saul Canelo Alvarez fought it out for 12 fantastic rounds of boxing.

Alvarez started well, keeping out of range, moving well, using his jab, seeming to take a lead after the first couple. Golovkin came on strong through the early-mid rounds, working himself and his opponent ragged, overpowering, and at times, one could say dominating his younger opponent, taking a likely lead after 8 rounds. Alvarez's defence was phenomenal, and not only was he able to frustrate Golovkin, make him miss, he was able to land great shots on the Kazakh warrior as the two battled it out, with Canelo making a strong case for himself nicking a couple of the late rounds, maybe getting the best of the last 4, with Golovkin still relentless, still punishing Canelo, not fading in the championship rounds, and after 12 rounds of action, after the two champions had taken each others punches so well for so many minutes, Michael Buffer read out the scorecards. The general consensus was that Golovkin had done enough to win the fight.

Some believed Canelo had won the first 3 rounds, and the last 3 as well, others disagreed, the majority believed this was not the case, and some thought Golovkin was not only superior, but also dominant in rounds 4-9, rounds in which many believed he had won all 6 of, but due to Canelo's competitiveness throughout, his strong start, his strong finish, very few believed he had won any less than 4 rounds, whilst many had him trailing on their scorecards, by 2-4 points, nobody who's opinion was worth listening to, thought Canelo hadn't impressed. The same could certainly have been said for Golovkin, as he had not only boxed the fight of his life, but also convinced the majority of the unofficial judges who had scored the fight, all around the world, that he was the winner of the superfight between himself and Saul Alvarez.

It was very much a shame, that after 12 phenomenal rounds of boxing, Adalaide Byrd had to stink out the Arena, as she turned in a disgusting scorecard of 118-110 in favour of Alvarez, whilst Dave Moretti was very fair, he scored Golovkin a close winner, and Don Trella scored a controversial but not scandalous 114-114 draw, a scorecard some questioned, some didn't like, but a fair few thought was acceptable. The fight was announced as a draw, with a crowd of fans booing the decision, but certainly not the fight.

Alvarez said after the fight, 'I won 7 or 8 rounds easy', after giving words of respect and praise to his opponent, but clearly disappointed by the judges' verdict, though his words were more evidence had it been needed, that Golovkin was robbed of rounds by a terrible judge. Golovkin said 'I'm still champion, I did not lose tonight, I still have my belts', speaking with dignity, sportsmanship, taking nothing away from his opponent, but clearly frustrated with the decision. Both warriors seemed to be interested in a rematch, and after the sensational battle the boxing fans all over the world had enjoyed watching, they were clearly not against the idea.




Averaged Fan Card:

round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Gennady Golovkin
                                                                    
9.52
9.02
9.32
9.95
9.95
9.67
10
9.92
9.90
9.45
9.55
9.15
Saul Alvarez
                                                                    
9.50
9.97
9.72
9.05
9.07
9.32
9
9.07
9.17
9.55
9.50
9.87


Fan Cards: Gennady Golovkin vs Saul Alvarez


scorecard by SAM
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GENNADY GOLOVKIN
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
116
SAUL ALVAREZ
10
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
112


scorecard by BOXNATIONSCORES12
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GENNADY GOLOVKIN
9
9
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
116
SAUL ALVAREZ
10
10
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
10
10
113


scorecard by RUTHLESS-RKO
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GENNADY GOLOVKIN
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
115
SAUL ALVAREZ
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
10
10
10
113


scorecard by RUET
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GENNADY GOLOVKIN
10
9
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
9
10
10
116
SAUL ALVAREZ
9
10
10
9
9
10
9
9
9
10
9
9
112


scorecard by CHRISTIANTHEPEARSON
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GENNADY GOLOVKIN
9
9
9
10
10
9
10
10
9
9
10
9
113
SAUL ALVAREZ
10
10
10
9
9
10
9
9
10
10
9
10
115


scorecard by STEVE-BOXINGWIFE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GENNADY GOLOVKIN
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
117
SAUL ALVAREZ
9
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
10
10
9
10
114


scorecard by STEVE-BOXING111
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GENNADY GOLOVKIN
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
116
SAUL ALVAREZ
10
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
10
10
9
10
114


scorecard by KMSCR83
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GENNADY GOLOVKIN
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
114
SAUL ALVAREZ
10
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
114


scorecard by JVVL95
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GENNADY GOLOVKIN
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
117
SAUL ALVAREZ
9
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
111


scorecard by LEFT EYE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GENNADY GOLOVKIN
9
9
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
9
10
9
114
SAUL ALVAREZ
10
10
10
9
9
10
9
9
9
10
9
10
114


scorecard by LUKASZRPB
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GENNADY GOLOVKIN
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
115
SAUL ALVAREZ
10
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
10
113


scorecard by TONYZA1992
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GENNADY GOLOVKIN
10
10
9
10
10
9
10
10
9
9
10
10
116
SAUL ALVAREZ
9
9
10
9
9
10
9
9
10
10
9
9
112


scorecard by HELEN KELLER
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GENNADY GOLOVKIN
10
9
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
9
10
9
115
SAUL ALVAREZ
10
10
10
9
9
10
9
9
9
10
10
10
115


scorecard by MIKE25
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GENNADY GOLOVKIN
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
116
SAUL ALVAREZ
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
10
112


scorecard by CHAMPION58
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GENNADY GOLOVKIN
10
9
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
9
10
9
115
SAUL ALVAREZ
9
10
10
9
9
10
9
9
10
10
9
10
114


scorecard by CAPMAN
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GENNADY GOLOVKIN
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
115
SAUL ALVAREZ
9
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
113


scorecard by JWQ112
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GENNADY GOLOVKIN
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
117
SAUL ALVAREZ
9
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
111


scorecard by NAGABILLY
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GENNADY GOLOVKIN
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
114
SAUL ALVAREZ
10
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
114


scorecard by JDTOMP29
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GENNADY GOLOVKIN
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
117
SAUL ALVAREZ
9
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
111


scorecard by ENDOFME1994
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GENNADY GOLOVKIN
9
9
10
10
10
9
10
10
9
10
9
9
114
SAUL ALVAREZ
10
10
9
9
9
10
9
9
10
9
10
10
114


scorecard by SM971
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GENNADY GOLOVKIN
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
116
SAUL ALVAREZ
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
10
112


scorecard by MARTIN EDEN
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GENNADY GOLOVKIN
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
9
9
10
9
10
114
SAUL ALVAREZ
10
10
10
9
9
9
9
10
10
9
10
9
114


scorecard by ADAMJO260
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GENNADY GOLOVKIN
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
115
SAUL ALVAREZ
10
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
10
113


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GENNADY GOLOVKIN
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
116
SAUL ALVAREZ
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
10
112


scorecard by TALESFROMTHECRYPT
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GENNADY GOLOVKIN
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
115
SAUL ALVAREZ
10
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
10
113


scorecard by FLOYD TOUGH COMPETITOR MAYWEATHER
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GENNADY GOLOVKIN
9
9
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
9
9
9
113
SAUL ALVAREZ
10
10
10
9
9
10
9
9
9
10
10
10
115


scorecard by THEALTERPLACE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GENNADY GOLOVKIN
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
116
SAUL ALVAREZ
9
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
10
112


scorecard by JEROMEANDRES
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GENNADY GOLOVKIN
10
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
115
SAUL ALVAREZ
9
10
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
113


scorecard by CHRISBOXER14
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GENNADY GOLOVKIN
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
117
SAUL ALVAREZ
9
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
10
112


scorecard by F.SALAS98
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GENNADY GOLOVKIN
10
9
9
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
9
115
SAUL ALVAREZ
9
10
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
10
113


scorecard by BIGLEFTHOOK
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GENNADY GOLOVKIN
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
117
SAUL ALVAREZ
9
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
111


scorecard by ARJ GUY
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GENNADY GOLOVKIN
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
117
SAUL ALVAREZ
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
111


scorecard by DYLANROD92
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GENNADY GOLOVKIN
10
9
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
115
SAUL ALVAREZ
9
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
9
10
9
10
113


scorecard by CHRISTYLB1988
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GENNADY GOLOVKIN
9
9
9
10
9
9
10
9
10
9
10
9
112
SAUL ALVAREZ
10
10
10
9
10
10
9
10
9
10
9
10
116


scorecard by LEWGR10
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GENNADY GOLOVKIN
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
116
SAUL ALVAREZ
9
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
10
112


scorecard by CHAMPION97
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GENNADY GOLOVKIN
9
9
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
9
115
SAUL ALVAREZ
10
10
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
10
10
113


scorecard by GOLD
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GENNADY GOLOVKIN
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
10
116
SAUL ALVAREZ
9
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
10
9
112


scorecard by RORSCHACH
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GENNADY GOLOVKIN
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
115
SAUL ALVAREZ
9
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
113


scorecard by BLOODMONEY80
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GENNADY GOLOVKIN
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
10
117
SAUL ALVAREZ
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
10
9
111


scorecard by ALBERTOCASTANY
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GENNADY GOLOVKIN
10
9
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
9
117
SAUL ALVAREZ
9
10
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
10
111


Comments

Champion97's picture

Prediction (part 1)

Well, it's happening! Like Mayweather vs Pacquiao, many said it wouldn't happen, it seemed like it was wishful thinking to imagine the fight, and finally, it is confirmed. This is very, very good for boxing. I don't think there is a better match up out there at the moment, and there certainly isn't a fight I'm looking forward to more than this.

Gennady Golovkin is a phenomenal boxer! I have always been a Gennady Golovkin fan, I remember watching him defeat Gabriel Rosado, and thinking, "who is this beast?". Golovkin has knocked out most of his opponents, it has been clear for a very long time that he is a very dangerous puncher. Time, and time again, against good, solid fighters, Golovkin has looked seemingly clumsy, seemingly predictable, walking through all the punches he is hit with, and then landing how own, with his opponents unable to soak up half the punishment from him that he can from them. When Golovkin fought French/Canadian puncher, David Lemieux, Lemieux, maybe an even bigger puncher than Golovkin, he took a very different approach, and boxed tactically, very different to the way we'd seen him boxing in the past. Golovkin won every one of the first seven rounds, dominating on the jab, putting up a master class performance, eventually stopping Lemieux, after nullifying and absolutely schooling the dangerous banger. Golovkin's jab, precision, range control, head movement, counter punching ability, ability to box consistently, a lot of things, a lot of strengths and attributes were discovered, and the man from Kazakhstan, his reputation was enhanced. It became clear to everyone, that this man, Gennady Golovkin, is extremely technically skilled, versatile, athletic, strong, dangerous, and one of the best boxers in the world, he is certainly a special talent in the sport. Golovkin, with an amateur record of 345-5, having beaten Andy Lee, Andre Dirrell, Lucian Bute as an amateur, with a perfect professional record, knocking out everybody he fights, doing it in which a way, which such experience, skill, method, force, Golovkin fought his way to the top. Golovkin had proven a lot in impressive victories over Martin Murray, Kell Brook, David Lemieux, Daniel Geale, Curtis Stevens, and others, but he, through no fault of his own, was never in a 50/50 fight, never an underdog, never got the chance to fight a top opponent, a great fighter, and this has always given his critics a lot of ammunition.

Earlier this year, Gennady Golovkin, coming off his fifth round stoppage in a 4-5 round, fairly close shootout against Kell Brook in the UK, which ended under disappointing circumstances, Gennady Golovkin took on underrated WBA world champion, New Yorker, Danny Jacobs. Jacobs was the first man Golovkin faced who seemed to compare to the better former opponents of his Golovkin's rival but at that point unlikely opponent, guys like Lara, Trout, Cotto. Both Golovkin and Jacobs started cautiously, with the first three rounds being anybody's, Golovkin being the aggressor, the busier, Jacobs, the more accurate. Golovkin seemed to take control like he had controlled all his other fights in rounds 4 and 5, he dropped Jacobs in round 4, even though Jacobs wasn't seriously hurt, Golovkin I thought was taking over, only for Jacobs to frustrate and outbox Golovkin through round 6, with GGG being out landed in close rounds in rounds 7 and 8, landing with the power, the authority, at times, more accuracy, but being made time miss, and being hit with a high number of clean shots, Golovkin and Jacobs traded rounds, as in most opinions, they each won 2 of the last 4 rounds, Jacobs winning the least close of these 4 rounds, raising his hand, believing he had won, and many agreeing with him. Golovkin won a close, inconclusive, but legitimate, unanimous decision. Golovkin wasn't able to dominate Jacobs the way most thought he would, this explained raised many questions, is Golovkin on the decline? Was it an off night? Was Jacobs just that underrated? Shortly after this fight, Golovkin watched his rival, Saul Alvarez unanimously shut out the son of arguably the greatest Mexican boxer who has ever lived, ring legend, the very humble and popular, Julio Cesar Chavez, Alvarez won in what had been a one sided, lacklustre affair. Before the fans could go home disappointed, Golovkin got into the ring and joined Alvarez in promising that they would fight, they shook hands, and suddenly, this great potential match up was happening. 2 weeks later, Oscar De La Hoya confirmed the fight for September, the biggest fight in boxing at this point in time, Gennady Golovkin vs Saul Alvarez, the greatest fight for the sport. I think for Golovkin, this his big opportunity, this is the fight of his life, he is too humble to say it outright, but he believes he is the best in the division, best in the world even, this is the opportunity he has wanted for such a long time now, it has finally come, this is without any doubt the best fight which Golovkin could be involved in.

Saul Alvarez is a phenomenal boxer! Some love Canelo, some hate him, some like him, personally, I think he is a great guy, and a great fighter, he got bullied at school, he has had to come through hard knocks in his life, but he found boxing, and boxing brought out the best in him, motivated, inspired him. After a short but successful amateur career, Alvarez turned professional at the very young age of 15, he had many fights, winning all but one, which was a draw, throughout his teen years as a professional. I remember watching Saul Alvarez, at the age of 20, I believe he was beyond 35-0, he fought Englishman, brother of British boxing legend, Matthew Hatton, and like everyone else, I was impressed, he boxed very well, winning every round bar one in which he lost a point for punching on the break. Saul Alvarez was clearly a very good fighter indeed, and a fighter who's reputation was helped because of his age, and extreme popularity with women, Alvarez became well known very quickly, as he earned impressive victories over fighters such as Josesito Lopez, Alfonso Gomez, Shane Mosley. Saul Alvarez fought Shane Mosley in 2012, on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather Jr vs Miguel Cotto, having won nearly every round, displaying his attributes, reminding everyone of his talent, on such a bill, Alvarez's reputation improved even more. Later in 2012, undefeated New Mexican underdog Austin Trout impressed everyone and put himself right on the map with a comfortable victory over Puerto Rican legend, Miguel Cotto, doing well enough for the judges to award him a combination of 9 and 11 out of the 12 rounds, and shortly after, Trout, as a humble athlete, showed respect, but was serious in calling out potential rival, Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez. In the spring of 2013, Trout and Alvarez fought in Texas. Trout started well, moving well, unsettling Canelo with feints, making it difficult for the Mexican to get any punches off with his jab, landing the left to the body, Alvarez having a much better second round, landing fantastic counter punches, landing with power, over whelming Trout's offence, diminishing his offensive opportunities at times. In rounds 3-6, Trout's and Canelo's good early round each seemed to mix into 4 rounds of an even combination, as they both came on strong, Trout landing more, Canelo landing with the better shots. Canelo changed the fight in round 7, when he dropped Trout with a great right hand, only for Trout to get up, and recover very quickly, so quickly that he did very well in that same round. Alvarez and Trout traded back and fourth rounds in the last 5, with Trout likely getting the better of it, 3-2. Many believed Trout had done enough to win the fight, but for a few reasons, slightly more believed Alvarez had edged it, one thing we knew was that the fight was very close. Alvarez won via unanimous decision, with two of the three scorecards robbing Trout of rounds, which was a shame, but Alvarez, with his hand raised, in his toughest fight to that point, he had maintained his unbeaten record. I remember being very impressed by Alvarez's head movement, and his fantastic, outstanding right uppercut, these being two particular attributes of his. In September, Saul Alvarez, at 23 years of age, battled Floyd Mayweather Jr, arguably the best boxer in the world at that point, in Las Vegas, after a massive build up, Alvarez, very confident of a victory, his reputation having been raised up a level, the fight was expected to be a tough one for Floyd, and not too few believed Mayweather would lose for the first time. After a couple of narrow, but clear Mayweather rounds (they were tentative, Alvarez, surprising Mayweather with size, maybe causing him to be tense), the pound for pound star found his rhythm. By round 5, Mayweather was dominating the fight, his movement was incredible, changing direction at the right times, technically, boxing like the ring genius he is, and making it look physically easy as well at times. Most of the punches Alvarez threw were blocked, a few did land on the target, but not a single one was landed with any authority, Alvarez being disallowed from getting in the right position to land well, Mayweather managing to take power off every shot that landed clean, whilst landing himself, with crisp, clean jabs, right hands, the right uppercut as well landed and caught everyone's attention, Mayweather boxing beautifully. In round 7, it became sad to watch, it was an absolute boxing lesson, Alvarez looked panicked, drawn, dejected, defeated, being unable to hit his opponent, it just seemed to make him lose his pride, lose his motivation. Alvarez could only try as hard as possible to find the knock out, but achieving nothing more than a likely late round or two on work rate. Mayweather, at 36, had shown no signs of declining, and in fact, it was possibly the best he had ever looked, it was one of his best performances in my opinion, possibly top 3, but everybody was shocked when a terrible judge perceived the fight as a draw, with other two judges generously giving young Alvarez as many as 3 and 4 rounds, heads shook, but the right man won, leaving Saul Alvarez, defeated for the first time, and absolutely devastated. I remember being worried for Alvarez's mental health after seeing him emotionally come apart after his defeat, it was certainly a massive test for him, but he was reminded by fans, that he only failed to defeat the pound for pound best boxer in the world, and at 23, and despite the boxing lesson he was given, Floyd had explained that he believed Canelo was never overrated, was a very talented fighter, and it was mostly just experience which lost him the fight, I believe Maywather was also impressed by Alvarez's defensive ability.

6 months after his defeat, Saul Alvarez took on tough, hard hitting brawler, Alfredo Angulo, in an all Mexican clash. Alvarez got back to winning ways, dominating Angulo, being too fast, too strong, too skilled from the start, winning most of the rounds, until round 10, when Alvarez jarred up Angulo's head and shook his skull with a ripping left uppercut, and Tony Weeks saw it as the final straw in a one sided fight which had become a beatdown, so Weeks compassionately and intelligently stopped the fight. Alvarez couldn't celebrate and relax for long, because at the post fight press conference, he was called out by awkward, avoided, experienced Cuban, Erislandy Lara, Lara challenging him, daring him, clearly desperate to fight the Mexican star. Saul Alvarez proved himself to be a true fighter, a boxer with integrity, courage, honesty, after getting the answer from the fans that they wanted to see him fight Lara, he agreed, happily, and the fight was on. It was a 50/50 fight, Lara, having dominated, dropped Austin Trout in a one sided fight, but also having been dropped twice, hurt, in a very close fight against Angulo which he won through facial damage on the other side, Trout, and surprisingly, Angulo saying Lara was the better of the two. When the fight came to a start, the fans of Alvarez's had reason to worry, as he was out boxed in the first 3 rounds, but Alvarez proved it takes Floyd Mayweather to sustain this, as he began to use his boxing ability, cut the distance, make it his kind of fight, and zone in on Lara's weaknesses, ripping away at the body, having a great round 4. Rounds 5-7 were fascinating, and they were anybody's rounds, Lara, producing fantastic work, enough to make a case to win the rounds, but the same for Alvarez, with his pressure, work rate, harder shots, shots which were taking affect on his opponent, and in round 7, he made sent a message with a great left uppercut, causing a cut, getting to Lara, right before having a fantastic 8th round. Lara and Canelo kept the fight close, with 3 of the last 4 rounds being debatable. Many believed Lara had won the fight, maybe even a slight majority, but there were many who disagreed, and it was these people who's opinion matched the official records after Alvarez was awarded a split decision. Alvarez came off a 10 month layoff, to impress everyone with a fantastic performance against dangerous, all action fighter, James Kirkland, who he comfortably absorbed punishment from, and dropped in an extremely impressive way a few times, and in the third round, he showed power like he hadn't shown before, knocking Kirkland out cold, it may have been a candidate for 'knock out of the year'. Later that year, Canelo fought Miguel Cotto (who had shown massive improvement after joining forces with Freddie Roach) for a world title. Cotto started well, moving, throwing a lot of shots, making Canelo miss badly at times, whilst his shots all bounced off Canelo manages and Canelo, though being made to miss and out landed, was landing with the heavier, and sometimes cleaner punches. It was a very close fight for 6 rounds, with Cotto proving himself not to be the faded champion many said he was, but Canelo, adapting, and in rounds 7-9, beginning to take over the fight, landing some beautiful counter punches, showing defence, timing, precision, out boxing Cotto, using a small amount of fatuigue in a well prepared Cotto's movement. Cotto came on strong to make to of the last 3 rounds, close, but Alvarez punctuating the fight with a dominant last round. Canelo was awarded the fight via unanimous decision, with a couple of the scores being clearly too wide, robbing a conclusively beaten but tough competitor in Cotto of rounds he deserved, but nonetheless, the right man got the decision. This was possibly his best victory. Canelo was asked about a potential fight against Gennady Golovkin in his post fight interview, he said 'I'd fight him now'. Canelo was subject to criticism, and disrespect after he vacated his WBC middleweight title, and moved down to light middleweight, though his move down in weight came after meeting former world champion, Olympic silver medalist Amir Khan, in may of 2016, Canelo had struggled with the speed, movement, range control of Khan early, but he managed to set up a fantastic knock out, and he knocked Khan right out like he did to Kirkland. Canelo, at this point, was accused of bottling a fight against Golovkin, and the fans who believed the was true, we're not happy, even whilst having to give Alvarez credit for later that year, winning the WBO light middleweight title, from British warrior Liam Smith, previously unbeaten, and untested, Smith did well, lasting 8-9 rounds, maybe winning a round or two, but in front of a huge crowd in Dallas, Canelo became a champion again. The Golovkin fight related criticism didn't decrease, not until after the focus has shifted slightly to Alvarez's fight against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, at a catch weight between middleweight and super middleweight, after the fight had not satisfied the fans as many thought it would in the intense build up, when Canelo proved the doubters wrong, and agreed to fight Golovkin. This fight will be the ice breaker for Canelo, this is what the public wanted, this is what has been expected of him, in order to be great, in order 'to be the best you've got to beat the best', that is what Alvarez said before he fought Mayweather, and now, he is backing that up, with his chance to prove he is that great a fighter. Being in this fight is only good for Alvarez's career, this is the best match up in the sport at the moment.

albertocastany's picture

Can't wait for the first bell to ring! I wish Canelo's team hadn't stalled the fight just to have GGG get a bit older, but at least we didn't end up waiting too many years.Right now is hard to tell how this fight will finish, but we can tell how it will develop.
Jab will be the key in this fight. Canello will bank on GGG stalking him in order to get countering openings. However, GGG will keep him at distance with a solid Jab. Canelo has struggled a lot with range controlling Jabs and he hasn't shown any improvements. Even Chavez was able to keep him at distance from time to time with a weak Jab just to keep him away.
GGG has to remain at mid range with his jab and follow up with hard combinations in order to grind Canelo down. If GGG doesn't get the KO victory, he will most likely be robbed in a decision favoring the Cash Cow Canelo.

Left Eye's picture

"If GGG doesn't get the KO victory, he will most likely be robbed in a decision favoring the Cash Cow Canelo."

Or Canelo could win a completely fair and clear decision.

Champion97's picture

I've had enough of this guy ripping into Canelo, it isn't good for this site.

albertocastany's picture

Lefty,
Unfortunately history suggests different. There have been too many instances of Canelo fighting at las vegas with odd scorecards:

*vs Mayweather --- the infamous 114-114 card
*vs Lara --- the 117-111 card
*vs Cotto --- Although most people saw Canelo win, the cards were favoring him by a way too wide margin. This was highlighted even by people who think Canelo won.
*vs Kahn --- Canelo was leading in the scorecards!

I wish it wasn't a conspiracy theory like scenario, but evidence suggests Las Vegas unfairly favors Canelo and the money his fights produce for the city.

Champion97's picture

Two things, firstly, judges being generous is in now way Canelo's fault, and secondly, what Left Eye meant, was that it is not impossible, in fact it is not unlikely, that Canelo will get a fair decision over Golovkin, and just because judges have given him too much credit in the past, doesn't mean it will happen again. Please stop hating on Canelo, it is very annoying to see!!

Champion97's picture

Prediction (part 2)

I find this match up very interesting. A year ago, Golovkin seemed like the heavy favourite, for various reasons, many people have changed their minds, many people now feel inclined to voice their more agreed with opinion that Canelo will win, I know that Bernard Hopkins, Floyd Mayweather Jr, Gervonta Davis, Errol Spence, Willie Munroe Jr all think Canelo will win, whilst Shawn Porter, Badou Jack, Danny Jacobs, Sergio Martinez all think Golovkin will win, it is a 50/50 fight, a fight which I have changed my mind on many times. There are many different ways of looking at this fight. Saul Alvarez has the much better resumé, he's been in with Cotto, Khan, Trout, Lara, Mayweather, whilst Golovkin has been in against Jacobs who is arguably as good as all those opponents but Mayweather, but nobody nearly as good other than an unfortunate, blown up Kell Brook. Golovkin's amateur record is outstanding, 345-5, captured an Olympic silver medal in 2004, and has won 3 gold medals, in Asian Championships and a World Championship tournament, whilst Alvarez, well it is hard to have a great amateur career in Mexico, they are very much about turning professional sooner rather than later over there, and Alvarez is an example of this, having been a professional by the age of 16, and having started boxing at 13, he had only 2 years total boxing experience behind him when he turned professional, Canelo can't have had a great amateur career, his record finished at 44-2. Canelo is at the dream age for a boxer, at 27 years of age, he is mature, experienced, and he is fresh as a daisy, at his most durable, whereas Golovkin, at 35 years of age, he is surely starting to decline, I think he is still a young enough fighter, I think he will decline relatively very slowly, but nevertheless, mid thirties, it is usually when a fighter starts to give downhill, and in a fight this close, age can be the difference. The point that Canelo often scrapes past opponents, wins by the skin of his teeth, whilst Golovkin always wins, and then some!, has lost validity since Golovkin only just managed to get the better of Jacobs, but Golovkin has been overall, more dominant. It does appear to a lot of people that Canelo is simply at great at doing what he does, whilst Golovkin is something else, with his insane power, extreme pressure, versatility, from a certain viewpoint, it is easy to imagine Golovkin dominating Alvarez. Weight wise, this interesting, I've never seen Golovkin anywhere but 160, he is a consistent, generic middleweight, whereas Canelo, well he's been all over the place, he's competed at 154 not a year ago, right before competing at 164.5 in his last fight, now he will drop down to 160, this is very interesting. I believe, in terms of weight being an advantage on either side, particularly down the stretch of the fight. I think Alvarez will be the heavier on the night, I think he is bigger in muscle mass, and I think in the early rounds, this will give Golovkin a problem, Golovkin is not used to being pushed back, and if Canelo can do this, Canelo have great rounds. Golovkin, being an inch taller, being the more established middleweight, he is the naturally bigger man, very slightly, there is not much in it, Alvarez moved up from 147 at the age of 19, Golovkin didn't turn professional until the not old or young age of 24, but Alvarez didn't compete as high as 155 until he fought Miguel Cotto, not 2 years ago now, he has only ever competed higher than this once. Golovkin, as the naturally bigger guy, I think will come on strong, and his form of a weight advantage will help him in the second half, apps round 7 approaches, and 8, 9, 10, I can see Alvarez's muscle weight being used against him, and Golovkin looking the stronger of the two, and the fight looking differently in the second half to in the first half, I believe being naturally bigger is a better, more reliable, less risky advantage than making yourself the bigger guy, even if it is built up in a healthy, athletic way. I believe Golovkin will come on strong in the mid-late rounds, but in terms of the championship rounds, well, Golovkin has been in round 11 twice, round 12 once, while Alvarez has been in round 12, 10 times, he's done the full 12, 9 times, and in terms of sustainability, stamina, recovery, and other attributes, well, Alvarez, as a 27 year old fighter, against Golovkin, as a 35 year old fighter, I think it is highly likely that Alvarez will get the better of the last round or two.

I believe Gennady Golovkin will win this fight, by almost nothing. I think both guys will be tense in round 1, it will be tentative, both, trying not to make a mistake. I think Canelo will look slightly bigger, slightly stronger than Golovkin, and it will show as Alvarez looks to overpower Golovkin very slightly. I think Golovkin will be looking to control the distance as he does so well, and manage to land a couple of very good jabs as Canelo walks forward, and he will look to take the opening round before Canelo manages to commit with a fast flurry from head to body, managing to momentarily bully Golovkin, showing a big difference in had speed. I think Golovkin's game plan will be to maintain distance, try to box at range, keep Alvarez moving, keep him on his toes, let him wing shot and miss if he wants, and I think this will look to be working well in round 2, I think Golovkin's jab will once again be the difference through most of the round, but I think just on or two spurts of success, just a flurry or two large from Canelo, fast, sharp shots, will make a case for him to take the round.

I think Canelo will try to change the fight in round 3, trying to use his speed, use his youth, working slightly more often, landing an early combination on Golovkin, I think Canelo will eat a few more jabs and walk onto a solid Golovkin right hand, but manage to land a couple of big flurries on the man from Kazakhstan, jarring his head up with a nice right uppercut, Golovkin taking the shot very well, but maybe being shaken slightly, and I think Alvarez will have worked slightly harder in round 3, but to win it clearly. I think Alvarez will be told by his corner not to get careless, to not get reckless, try to make Golovkin work, push him back, and do just enough to win the rounds. I think round 4 will be interesting, with Canelo throwing almost nothing for the first half, but moving a lot, and Golovkin throwing him off his rhythm slightly with his jab that rarely lands (but does get through a few times, and Golovkin does land a solid jab or two), with Canelo moving his head consistently, but causing Canelo to back peddle slightly, I think Canelo will have a good 30 seconds, at the end of the round, landing a fantastic over hand right, Golovkin soaking it up, but in a quiet round, one great shot might be enough to take it. I think round 5 will be different, as Golovkin takes a different tactical approach, closing the gap, trying to out hustle Canelo on the inside, smother his shots, with Golovkin starting the round well, landing some decent shots, but Canelo snapping his head back with a brilliant right uppercut when going backwards, I think the fans will be on their feet, Golovkin will dare him to bring it, but his legs will be unsteady, I think Golovkin will hold, try to spoil, kill time, try to wrestle Alvarez a little bit, but I think Alvarez will be able to get himself out of any clinches, continue to capitalise on hurting Golovkin, throw a lot of punches, move in and out of range try to make Golovkin miss as well, I think Golovkin will fight back, and recover late in the round, as Canelo backs off just slightly, but then tries to unload a flurry. I think round 5 will have taken a lot out of Canelo.

I think Golovkin will revert back to long range, negative tactics in round 6, as he lands a great jab to start the round, tries to assert his superiority. I think Golovkin's natural size will start to show, I think he will try to over power Alvarez, get him on the back foot, make him work, and make it his kind of fight. I think Alvarez will throw most of the punches through most of round 6, being backed up slightly, but keeping active, moving his head, throwing a lot of punches, trying to stick and move, landing a fair few hooks to the body, a few solid left hooks/right hands up stairs, but Golovkin easily absorbing or evading Canelo's shots, throwing little back. I think the last 40 seconds of the round will be different, as Golovkin moves on the back foot, tries to set Alvarez up, Alvarez believing he can do that to Golovkin, using a throw away jab, but being made to miss badly with two big right uppercuts which smack thin air, and I think the second day will be countered by a vicious Golovkin left hook to the body shish he doesn't see coming, I think Alvarez will very nearly do down, but he'll show phenomenal fitness, conditioning, and he'll stay up, hold, and manage to get through the last 15-20 torrid seconds of the round, taking a few solid shots to the head from GGG, who knows he has hurt Alvarez, but maybe his capitalisation gets slightly negated by Alvarez's smart regrouping tactics. I think Alvarez will be in deep, still hurt, relying on his fantastic fitness, but he will be tired, still recovering from that massive body shot.

I think Golovkin will take over, I think he will look stronger, more powerful than Alvarez, as he malls him to the ropes, batters away at the body, landing good uppercuts, hooks, as his natural size really kicks in, he will pummel Alvarez with big shots to both head and body, with Alvarez digging deep, encouraging Golovkin to keep the punches coming, absorbing the punishment, I think Golovkin will be sure not to put too much into the round, after working hard for 40-60 seconds, getting his fans extremely excited, I think he'll step back, make Canelo walk into his counters. I think Canelo will try to move away from the ropes, but pretty much the entire round will be Golovkin chasing down Canelo, making him move, draining his legs, keeping him against the ropes, I don't think Golovkin will throw the amount punches or do the damage to make a case for a 10-8, but he'll pour on the pressure, and the punishment in the last 30 seconds, beating Canelo up. I think Canelo will be exhausted, round 7 will have taken something out of Golovkin, so I think Abel Sanchez will tell him to keep his punch output steady.

I think Canelo will be weary in round 8, he'll have had a good minute of respite, that will have helped him, I think Canelo will seem to be pretty much recovered from being hurt, but he'll taken a lot of energy sapping punches, and he will be very tired, He won't have the same spring in his step which he had early in the fight, his punches will have less on them. I think the round will seem tentative, with Golovkin looking much the stronger of the two, Canelo being made to move backwards. I think Golovkin will intelligently draw Canelo into a massive right hand which rocks him, capitalise with a big left hook, and the Mexican will hold, try to run Golovkin into the ropes, but he'll only be working for nothing as the fresher, stronger man in Golovkin avoids clinching, and unleashes an onslaught of punches onto Canelo, absolutely battering him, doing everything but knock him down until he makes Canelo choose to take a knee, with about a minute to go in the round, I think Canelo will show grit, show he is a warrior, he will get up despite seeming to have had the fight beaten out of him, and he'll land a punch or two on a reckless Golovkin who is going for the stoppage, not hurting the Kazakh, but making him think, give a nod of respect, and become more measured in his work, but I think Canelo will have a still torrid final 30-40 seconds, with Golovkin moving in and out of range being made to miss, but still managing to rip away at the body, and landing some big head shots on Alvarez, I think Golovkin will be almost as tired as Canelo, having put so much into two long rounds in a row. I think the Reynoso's will tell Canelo that he needs a big round, the fight is too close, he needs to try to hurt Golovkin, and I think Sanchez will tell Golovkin, basically, to be smart. I think Canelo will have his legs beneath him, and he'll seem to be getting a second wind as he finds it in him to unload a flurry of punches to the body of Golovkin. I think a still tired and slowed down Canelo will look to win this round which Golovkin will seem to be somewhat taking off. I can see Golovkin going back to his jab in round 9, taking advantage of Canelo's reduced foot speed, as he finds an easier target with his jab, but Canelo putting the pressure on Golovkin, throwing some hard body shots, althoigh they don't land clean, but does land a clean over hand right which lands right on the button in the middle of the round, which Golovkin absorbs, but Canelo's fans will really be getting into it at this point. I think Canelo will be working very hard, making Golovkin work not as hard as him but slightly harder than he planned to, as Golovkin has to evade some big shots, and does manage to make Alvarez fall short with his jab as couple of times, as well as blocking some body shots whilst moving backwards for a maybe a round to recover, and I think towards the end of the round, Golovkin will increase the frequency of his jab, and land the 2-3 decent power shots, he'll land with the cleaner work, with a frustrated Alvarez finishing the round by trying to mall Golovkin, throwing big shots, but walking into a couple more of solid punches from the Kazakh, although being more aggressive through the round, he needed to have made slightly more of an affect on his opponent with his offence, landing fewer punches than he needed to, he will be unlikely to do enough to convince the judges to give him round 9.

I think after both finished round 9 exhausted, I think Canelo, will appear to have benefitted from the minute of rest much more than Golovkin, as the much younger man. I think Canelo will use his feet, moving just forward and backwards slightly, throwing few punches, wanting Golovkin to make mistake, I think Golovkin will fall short with his jab as Canelo moves his head, and Golovkin, seemingly frustrated with the movement from Alvarez. I think Golovkin will try to step it up a gear after being caught with a couple of fantastic clean right hands from Canelo, I think he'll get Canelo on the ropes, and Canelo will be happy to stay there, I think Canelo will slip most of Golovkin's punches, but Golovkin will land with a crushing left hook which momentarily hurts Alvarez, but I think Alvarez will recover quickly, and land a couple of counter right hands again. I think Golovkin will use his intelligence, try to make Canelo walk onto a shot he doesn't see coming, try to set him up, but I think the hand speed of Canelo, the variety, the angles, I think Golovkin will be tagged with a lovely combination as Canelo sends him back peddling after a big left uppercut from Canelo shakes him, I think Golovkin will encourage Canelo to keep them coming, and he'll fire back, the crowd will love it, but Canelo will dominate the rest of the round, knocking a lot of steam out of Golovkin with a little of body shots, his age combined with all the training he has out into the preparation for this fight paying off as he is relentlessness, looking fresher than he did a round prior to this, as Golovkin has less power on his punches, he's slower, and now it is him who is against the ropes, taking shot after shot, I think Canelo will be fairly conservative, working in spurts, but frequent spurts, and fast, hard shots whenever he commits. I think we will see a drained Golovkin being told by Abel Sanchez to be smart before he is brave, and given a lot of tactical advice of course, whilst a fresher Canelo is told the same thing.

I think Golovkin will start round 11 by tying Canelo up, trying to rest, trying to nullifying his offence, trying to push Canelo back just to show him he is still strong, and I think his superior natural size might help him as Canelo doesn't manage to out hustle a Golovkin who is maybe not quite as tired as he thought he was, and more than in the fight. I think Canelo will 'play possum' through the first half of the round, keep his head moving, trying to keep himself out of range, using his feet in a fairly conservative way, Golovkin trying to get on Canelo's chest trying to apply pressure, make the fight more taxing for Canelo, trying to stop him from breathing, out work, out fight him, I think Canelo will show great skill on the ropes as he rides and slips some the many power punches Golovkin throws, but I think Golovkin will land some massive shots to both the head and body as well, although being made to miss like he never has before. I think as round 11 rolls on, Golovkin will become increasingly fatigued, he'll slow down, and Canelo will stay on the ropes, encourage him to keep throwing, but Canelo will land with fantastic, crisp, clean counters which Golovkin walks into, I think the crowd will think the fight is fantastic, with Golovkin using smart, slightly dirty hustle tactics, trying to lean on the slightly less prominent middleweight, whilst, he struggles to get many punches off for the rest of the round, and the shots he throws are too tired looking, slow and laboured to land clean as Alvarez shows us some very good blocking abilities, I think Alvarez will continue to create a small amount of distance before Golovkin tries to prevent him working again, and catches Golovkin with clean, sharp shots, but not very often as Golovkin does a good job of stopping Alvarez getting into a solid rhythm. I think Canelo will move off the ropes and make an exhausted Golovkin fall against them at around the 12 second mark, and Canelo will finish the round with a fantastic flurry of punches, landing 3-4 clean shots landed to head and body, which may or may not be enough to win him the round, I think we will see a slow walk back to his corner from Golovkin, and Alvarez, though exhausted, not so nimble himself, fresher than Golovkin, as he he is younger, and in familiar territory. I think the Reynoso's will be doing everything to motivated Alvarez to go for the knock out, telling him Golovkin is finished, nothing left, telling him he can stop him, but telling Saul that he needs this round. I think Abel Sanchez will tell Golovkin to stay away from Canelo's power, telling him Canelo will come after him, telling him to left Canelo punch himself out, and if he can find something in the tank late in three round, take advantage, but stay defensive through most of the round, "this guy knows he's behind, he needs a knockout, don't let him get it".

I think Canelo will start the round by stalking Golovkin, as Golovkin, at 35, being where he has been only once before, will be just about spent, and the younger man, far from fresh a daisy after 11 tough rounds, but still with something left in the tank. I think Canelo will be lighter on his feet, far faster with his fists than Golovkin, he'll sense that Golovkin has nothing left, he'll use his jab to set up his offence, and he'll begin to put the weight behind his right hand, over power Golovkin, zone in on his slowing target, and begin to tee off to the body and head as he gets Golovkin against the ropes. I think about halfway through the round, Canelo may need to step back for a small rest, and Golovkin will put everything he has into a big, slow left hook which lands but with much less power than he could have done early in the round, but I think Golovkin will try not to let Canelo have in one seconds respite, will try to push Canelo back, and go on the offensive himself, I think Canelo will use phenomenal initiative, experience, speed, power, accuracy, timing, as he pivetsr just after digging in a deadly left hook to the body, a shot which Golovkin takes as he tries to rough Canelo up, which he does not see coming. I think Canelo will put Golovkin down, Golovkin, in agony, almost unable to breathe, physically struggling to move as he is given a count, but somehow, someway, Golovkin, like the warrior he is, gets up to his feet, just about beating the count, to Canelo's shock, surprising everyone by showing such grit. I think Golovkin will have 60-90 seconds to endure in his drained state, as a Canelo body shot victim, and Canelo will do everything he can to stop Golovkin. I think as Canelo tries time tee off with big shots, Golovkin will be smart, mess Canelo about, push him, shove him, do anything to get the time he needs to stay in this fight, I think the fight will get messy as Canelo becomes reckless, missing wildly at times, Golovkin trying to wrestle Alvarez. I think Alvarez will try to return to sender, and push and shove Golovkin as a bit of payback, and to get him in the position he wants him, as he tries to establish his dominance, and get a little bit more method in his shots, as he tees off to the head and body, before the fighters clinch, and then manage to find it in them to brawl their way through the final seconds, Alvarez getting much the better of it.

I think Alvarez will just about find it in him to raise his arm, and Golovkin nods as he walks over to his corner, still feeling the after affects of that body shot, but looking confident that he has done enough to win, smiling, saluting the crowd a minute or two after the bell, I think Alvarez will be lifted by the Reynoso's, very happy, very confident of victory as well. I think the fans will love watching Golovkin and Alvarez shake hands, hug, and gain a massive amount of new respect for each other as they talk, walking away from each other after maybe just briefly showing respect time each other, with the nerves of the decision.

I think we will hear a spilt decision, and Golovkin will win it (114-112, 110-116, 114-112). I think Alvarez will be very disappointed, but he and Golovkin will embrace, Alvarez will be positive in his post fight interview, gracious in defeat, he'll thank HBO, the fans, Golovkin, he'll know he has many better years ahead of him, this is the start of his prime, and he will only be better in the future from this fight. I think Golovkin will speak along the same lines as Canelo, but instead he'll explain how much respect he has for Canelo Alvarez, how much of a tough fight it was, but how happy he is to have accomplished his goal, achieved his dream, to have 3 belts at 160 (whilst BS holds the WBO hostage), to have won the biggest fight of his career, against another star in the sport of boxing. I think Golovkin will say he is open to a rematch, but he will make no promises, and not get hopes up, although I think he will say a rematch is possible. I think Canelo will hope very much that the rematch happens, and he will express this in his post fight interview. I think Canelo will be much more upbeat in defeat than he was after his boxing lesson from Mayweather in 2013.

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Prediction (part 3)

If Gennady Golovkin wins this fight, then you could say he has sealed his legacy, it is his only seriously major fight so far, so although he is at an age in which is it sensible to retire, he may well have it in the tank to carry on, have a few more big fights, I'm sure the fans will want him to, but at 38-0, coming off wins against two elite fighters in a row, he will have done enough to go down as a great fighter, so if he retires, then it is an easily respectable decision, it is a shame he didn't get opportunities to fight more elites, but I think being so dominant for so many years, impressing so often, proving himself to be a top level fighter, beating Canelo will be the icing on the cake, and he can call it a day, having sealed his legacy. I think that a loss here for Golovkin, would be devastating, at his age, this being his first super fight, against Canelo, a fight on which high have so much to prove against each other, the difference between a loss and a win for Golovkin, it is like the difference between night and day. If Golovkin loses this fight, then a rematch may not be wise for him, Canelo is only getting better, at 27, he's not declining anytime soon, unlike Golovkin, who is on the wrong side of 35, is very much going downhill, so for Golovkin, this is a 'must win'. I think if he loses, then Golovkin should definitely retire, but if he wins, then I think future wise, there are few options, there would be the Canelo rematch, he may want to fight for the WBO title instead or as well as the rematch, plus maybe Jermall Charlo, the heavy handed, unbeaten Texan is certainly a solid opponent to say the least, as well as, or instead of the Canelo rematch and/or the opportunity to win the WBO title, that would be another 4 fights after this upcoming one, I wouldn't like to see him go on any longer than that, but I think Golovkin would be wise to retire after as many as 5 more fights, but also as few as just this one. If Golovkin wins this fight, then it will be fantastic for him! He will answer all the questions, he may well be considered the best boxer in the world, it will be very hard not to put him in the top 5, it would be the ultimate victory for Gennady Golovkin. If Golovkin loses this fight, it would be very tough for him and his fans, but whether he wins or loses, he can walk away from this sport, a happy, proud man, with a very successful career behind him.

I think being schooled by Mayweather has helped Alvarez more than most people realise, he learned so much from that fight, and since, as he has boxed his way through his mid twenties, he has looked better in each fight, now, it is his chance to prove he isn't just a "cash cow", he isn't overrated, he isn't a fighter who has judges favour him, he isn't just a poster boy for women, he is a great fighter, who should be respected as a top level fighter, he probably believes he is the best on the planet, I rank him No.6, in the world, and you could rank him higher, this is his opportunity to prove it. If Canelo wins this, then he will have to be given recognition by every boxing fan out there, as a top level fighter, who is out ranked by an unlikely maximum of 5 fighters. If Canelo was to lose this fight, and take the second loss of his career, the he would be absolutely devastated, the 'haters' would throw a party, they would enjoy seeing a gutted Alvarez accept a defeat, but I believe it would only help him as a fighter in the long run and improve him even more, but short term, a defeat would be absolutely terrible for the Mexican star!, and Oscar De La Hoya, well Alvarez losing would be no picnic for him either. A win for Canelo would be the highlight of his career so far without any doubt, it would take him and his career to another level. I think if Canelo loses this fight by a whisker (as I'm 51% sure he will), then he will be desperate for the rematch, he knows he's getting better, and Golovkin is getting worse, so if he loses this fight, but it is close, he will really believe he can win a rematch and then some. This is the biggest fight of Alvarez's career so far I think, I think it is a more interesting, more built up match up than Mayweather vs Alvarez was. I think Alvarez has a lot more to lose in this fight now he seems to have become the favourite, in recent months, expectations of him have increased, this could be added motivation, could also be pressure which works against him. If Alvarez was to lose this fight, it would be a massive setback, he is a perfectionist, he has learned so quickly, after he lost to Mayweather Jr, I have never seen a fighter look so sad, the reason that he is too young, it was available to him as a 23 year old, not yet developed fighter, it isn't now, as a 27 year old in his prime. Canelo has every reason to win this fight, and every reason not to lose it. If Canelo wins this fight, then fighting him will be looked at as a golden opportunity, he probably will be viewed as the pound for pound best by many, there are many great challenges for him out there, at 160, Charlo, Jacobs (this assuming there isn't a Golovkin rematch!) Murata, at 154, Andrade, Lara again maybe, Charlo. If Alvarez doesn't win this fight, and doesn't get the rematch, but loses by a whisker, I think this would be substantially different to being beaten in a big way, if he doesn't almost draw, nearly win, then he will still be a proven star in boxing, he will still be called out for fights, he still has great career years ahead of him, he can still defeat great fighters, still earn a quite possible place at the top of the list of the best boxers in the world.

The only thing about this match which I don't like, the only thing which I am not looking forward to seeing, is the fact that one of these great champions, great sportsmen, has to lose, or they can't both win, I almost want to root for a draw. I will be disappointed for one of them if they lose badly, but I'm 96% sure this will be a close one, I don't mind who wins, but I really hope it is close! And the fans get another night like Thurman vs Porter, Joshua vs Klitschko, and not another Frampton vs Quigg, Mayweather vs Pacquiao, because boxing fans out there who really like a high action fight, they deserve to be entertained, to feel like they are getting their money's worth, I think 99% of the viewers will love this fight! Could be fight of the year!

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Tale of the tape,

Golovkin,

Height - 5'10
Previous fights at the sanctioned weight - 37
Total fights - 37
Age - 35
Rounds - 172
Top 4 victories - Danny Jacobs, Kell Brook, Martin Murray, David Lemieux (opinionated)
Experiences of boxing 12 rounds - 1
Amateur record - 345-5
Reach - 178cm
Toughest previous opponent - Danny Jacobs (opinionated)
Fight count through the past 3 years - 7
Most recent fight - March 2017
Previous world title fights - 18
Blemishes - 0
Questionable victories - 1 (opinionated)
Years as a professional - 11
Experiences of boxing 10 or more rounds - 2
Countries boxed in - 8
Record before first title fight - 16-0-0
Record before first world title fight - 19-0-0
Knockdowns suffered in professional career - 0
Knockouts in last 10 fights - 9
Experiences of boxing 8 or more rounds - 7
Victories which did not come inside the distance - 4

Alvarez,

Height - 5'9
Previous fights at sanctioned weight - 0
Total fights - 51
Age - 27
Rounds - 353
Top 4 victories - Miguel Cotto, Erislandy Lara, Austin Trout, Amir Khan (opinionated)
Experiences of boxing 12 rounds - 9
Amateur record - 40-3
Reach - 179cm
Toughest previous opponent - Floyd Mayweather Jr (opinipnated)
Fight count over the past 3 years - 5
Most recent fight - May 2017
Previous word title fights - 11
Blemishes - 2
Questionable victories - 2 (opinionated)
Years as a professional - 12
Experiences of boxing 10 or more rounds - 18
Countries boxed in - 2
Reord before first title fight - 17-0-1
Record before first world title fight - 35-0-1
Knockdowns suffered in professional career - 0
Knockouts in last 10 fights - 5
Experiences of boxing 8 or more rounds - 24
Victories which did not come inside the distance - 15

Top 14 opponents between them (opinionated)

1. Floyd Mayweather Jr - Alvarez (Lost via MD)
2. Danny Jacobs - Golovkin (won via UD)
3. Erislandy Lara - Alvarez (won via SD)
4. Austin Trout - Alvarez (won via UD)
5. Kell Brook - Golovkin (won via TKO, 5)
6. Miguel Cotto - Alvarez (won via UD)
7. Amir Khan - Alvarez (won via KO 6)
8. Liam Smith - Alvarez (won via KO 9)
9. Martin Murray - Golovkin (won via TKO 11)
10. Shane Mosley - Alvarez (won via UD)
11. David Lemieux - Golovkin (won via TKO 8)
12. Daniel Geale - Golovkin (won via TKO 2)
13. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr - Alvarez (won via UD)
14. Curtis Stevens - Golovkin - (won via TKO, RTD, 8)

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Keys to victory

Golovkin

First 6

1. Make him miss narrowly
2. Get him on the back foot
3. Consistent but not predictable jab

Last 6

1. Impose your natural size
2. Commit to volume punching
3. Focus on fatiguing him, if his legs are beneath him, make him move under pressure, don't put so much into into the shots yourself

Alvarez

First 6

1. Be assertive, but conservative
2. Feints, consistently, this could make it hard for Golovkin to set himself.
3. Land that uppercut to the head if he tries to push you back

Last 6

1. When he's strong, make him over exert himself, set him up for counters
2. Attack the body with clusters of punches every time he takes a seconds rest
3. If he feels the power, take advantage

rorschach's picture

It's Time!!

Champion97's picture

Canelo! Golovkin! Chaps, give the world of boxing fans the fight they want to see! May the best man win guys! Rooting for you both!

albertocastany's picture

What? Canelo will fight wearing Winning Gloves? How is he planning to KO GGG wearing those?

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Do you ever stop winging, wah wah wah, Canelo is wearing funny gloves, just sit back, chill, and watch the best fight in boxing!!

rorschach's picture

Great Fight! Had GGG winning 7-5, I could see a draw. For me you'd have to be looking for rounds to give Canelo to give it the win.

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A draw is fair but Bryd with 118-110 should never be allowed to score a fight again. She consistently has terrible scores like this awful terrible judge.

Well unfortunately for Canelo it appears Oscar could only buy one card (118-110 lol). A draw is not out of the question I suppose and at least we will get more as that was a great fight

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fucking disgrace golovkin won that fight clearly!

welcome to canelo judging

Wow thought GGG was the clear aggressor throughout most of the fight. I thought it was really a 3 part fight. The first 3 rounds which were in favor of Canelo (at least 2/3) and then the 4th-10th rds where it appeared that GGG dictated the pace and was the clear aggressor. And then the final 2 rounds where Canelo came out aggressive and was able to assert himself and take the closing rounds. 7-5 or 8-4 GGG seemed to be the correct scoring. A draw isn't out of the realm of possibility because it was a good fight but I don't agree with the decision. 118-110 for Canelo is a disgrace that didn't happen. 115-113 for Canelo, although I don't see it, I can accept just fine but that scorecard is just plain awful. Time for Byrd to call it quits. Anyway great fight, not trying to take anything away from Canelo he was great tonight as well but seemed like GGG was the clear aggressor throughout most of the fight and was able to throw more and land more. I think he deserved to get recognition for getting Canelo against the ropes as much as he did which is not an easy task. In the end 115-113 or 116-112 GGG seemed like the appropriate outcome. I thought GGG at the very least deserved to get a split decision. Bring on the rematch!

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What a wonderful night of boxing, Golovkin and Canelo are a pair of boxing legends! I hope the fans all loved the fight, because they gave it their absolute all, and went hell for leather! In my opinion, Golovkin had the edge, he won the fight, I do think it was close, but I believe Golovkin's dominant streak, his relentless pressure, it built him up enough rounds to win the fight, I'm bitterly disappointed for Golovkin, because he didn't get the decision, he thinks he won, and at 35, this was the fight if his life, but at the same time, he didn't lose, most people believe he won the fight, I believe, and what an awesome fight he was in tonight. I'm gutted for Canelo, with all due respect to those who watch boxing, enjoy the highs, sit through the lows, I got a sense (and I may be wrong), that Canelo, before the result was read out, he looked dejected, maybe as if he didn't believe he had won the fight, but I do not blameless him for saying he won 7-8 rounds, insisting he won, this must mean the world to him, he's put his heart and soul into preparing for the fight, but I'm not sure what was going through his mind.

I was impressed with Golovkin tonight, particularly, because of his stamina, his durability, I knew he had these attributes, but not enough to do that. Canelo impressed me tonight, particularly, with his foot speed, his movement, and his jab, I thought it was a great weapon for him.

albertocastany's picture

Worst part is that I still get surprised by this bullshit

Champion97's picture

You and me both, Canelo won more than 3 rounds, 5 for me, 4 minimum, maybe not even that!

albertocastany's picture

I was about to acknowledge Canelo for doing a good job. I had it 117-111 for GGG but 2 of those were almost for Canelo. A Shame a good effort gets tainted by this

Left Eye's picture

Byrd should have her license revoked. Disgraceful, such brazen corruption.

albertocastany's picture

I'm sorry I have to say this....but I told you Lefy this would happen. A shame.

Really coincidental how these scorecards happen in a lot of Canelo/DLH fights. Granted most of these aren't as bad as the Byrd 118-110, but the list is just incredible of strange scorecards and there would be a lot of judges to fire if they were held accountable. Canelo has the unreal Ross 114-114 vs. Mayweather, Martinez 117-111 vs. Lara, Christodoulou 118-109 vs. Trout, even Moretti's 119-109 vs. Cotto. Oscar has the illogical Kaczmarek 115-113 vs. Mayweather, Ross and Shirley 116-110 vs. Whitaker and Morita 116-112 vs. Quartey.

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Yeah it is pretty shifty I have to say, but there are fighters besides these guys who have been given unworthy credit in the past by judges, Carl Froch, Omar Figueroa, Adrien Broner, but in all honesty, Canelo does seem to stand out for extra credit from judges.

People are blowing this out of proportion because of the 118-110 scorecard. At the end of the fight i felt like it was an amazing fight and it could go either way... i was very happy it was a draw because neither really outclassed another one and it gives us a rematch. All this whining about the scorecards is taking away from the fight itself. Hell it could've been a real robbery if Canelo WON wide. A really close fight is ruled a draw and all i see is complaining. It was a good decision... i didnt even think they would give Golovkin a draw so...

Sure it was a great fight and I'm happy we will likely get a rematch. Hopefully not one ""marinated"" by Oscar/Canelo because Golovkin wasn't old enough for Canelo to beat yet. I disagree that neither one really outclassed each other, as most of the rounds you could give Canelo were close with the exception of 2 and 3. The rounds Golovkin won he won clearly. The fight was that close because of the nature of round by round scoring. I really disagree with the idea that because this didn't go to the absolute worst scenario (Canelo wide UD in a relatively close and competitive fight) we should be happy with what we got, i.e. a judge that might as well have filled out her scorecard before the fight even started. I guess that shows how bad the judging is in general if it's a surprise Golovkin didn't get robbed blind.

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I like the point you're trying to make, positive thinking is good, and with scorecards, it is what it is, nice amount of complaining will change it, but I think people have the right to spend a couple of days complaining, it stinks it really does, let's not forget, a judge, that isn't 1/100 judges who affects 1% of the decision, that's a third of the decision there!, but yes, the fight was close, it was competitive, it was awesome! I actually think Jacobs did ever so slightly better against Golovkin than Canelo, and I mean, ever so slightly, I think Jacobs should have the WBO opportunity, and Golovkin and Canelo, they get their rematch.

Unfortunately, it doesn't look like Jacobs will get the WBO shot as he's booked for the Wilder Ortiz undercard. In addition, there's no way BJS is letting that belt go to anyone other than Canelo or GGG unless he has to fight Jacobs as a mandatory because he'd get blown out by all three but wouldn't get paid vs. Jacobs. In a dream world, I'd like to see Jacobs vs. BJS and Canelo vs. GGG, and the winners facing each other to unify the division. I think Jacobs could give either Canelo or GGG trouble and it's possible for him to win a close decision. Realistically, GGG and his team are saying they want a fight in December versus BJS which could be a nice fight for him to stay active without taking damage but that might be too quick of a turnaround.

BIGLEFTHOOK's picture

theres no way canelo won that fight and no way its a draw

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I love boxing, and you can not defend it this sort of thing, I'll say this until the day I drop dead, you can not say, Canelo won 10 of those rounds, it's criminal, she should be arrested.

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Good fight, really was, high paced all the time, and that's what you get with Golovkin, constantly on you all the time, but in the early rounds, you'd tend to think that, Canelo was coping with the pace, coping with the pressure. Some thought Canelo would start fast, and then fade, he never faded, but Golovkin never faded either and that was the problem, and he was starting to find his range in the second half, I got him three points up.

This fight was the savior of boxing, and it was a tremendous fight to watch, the only thing we didn't want, was a draw, we didn't want a draw, we wanted a clear winner, but it was a great fight to watch, and I think we'll have to see it again now, it's impossible not to.

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Rematch ordered.

Hoping to see a winner this time. I have a strong feeling it'll be Alvarez getting his hand raised.

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