Gennady Golovkin vs Saul Alvarez
In a Super Fight, dominant, hard hitting 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.
Golovkin is the aggressor in round 1, throws more, but Alvarez is mobile, defensive, and lands a couple of clean punches. Golovkin looks slow in round 2, and struggles to get going, pin Alvarez down, Alvarez moves, defends very well, lands a few good shots, does a good job of holding his authority in centre ring, and outboxes the champion.
Alvarez continues to move well in round 3, but Golovkin, forcing more pressure. Golovkin is busier, uses the jab, Alvarez, still defensive, still landing with accuracy, doing the good work for most of the round, but made to work. Golovkin jabs in round 4, uses defence of his own, and lands some power shots, Alvarez, tiring, made to miss, bullied.
Golovkin starts round 5 aggressively, but with no accuracy, but Alvarez, not responsive. Both fighters are defensively sound in round 5, but in the mid part, Golovkin lands good jabs and an uppercut. In the last minute, Alvarez stands by the ropes, and eggs on Golovkin to bring it, Golovkin is aggressive, Alvarez is defensive, Golovkin misses, Alvarez lands one or two, but throws little, and Golovkin manages to get through with a couple, one of them, the best punch of the fight thru 5, a great right hand to the back of the jaw. Both have success to start round 6, but through the round, Golovkin is the aggressor, much busier, finds little accuracy, but enough to outdo an inactive Alvarez, Alvarez does flurry back late in the round, not overtaking Golovkin for punch count, but landing cleaner.
Golovkin makes Alvarez work, miss, lands the jab, and power shots early in round 7. Through round 7, Golovkin drains Alvarez, commads the round with his jab, bullies and dominates Alvarez. Golovkin is on the front foot in round 8, lands when he gets Alvarez on the ropes. Golovkin lands a great right hand early in round 8, and peppers Alvarez with the jab. Alvarez is tired, and is made to miss, Golovkin finishes the round as the aggressor, Alvarez, defending, landing a couple of clean power shots, but inactive, and hit with the jab as the round closes.
Alvarez starts 9 aggressively, but he can't bully Golovkin. Golovkin becomes the aggressor, Canelo defends very well, but doesn't respond. Alvarez lands a good right hand, but doesn't hurt Golovkin. Golovkin has success as Alvarez is bullied to the ropes. Both are defensively brilliant, but the aggressor and the worker does better. Alvarez starts 10 like a steamtrain, lands a massive right hand flush, Golovkin, iron chinned, takes it well, and lands very hard jabs. Alvarez is struggling for pace, defends from power shots, but takes the jab. Alvarez is exhausted as the round finishes, trades power shots with Golovkin, Golovkin gets the best of it, and Alvarez, back on the defensive.
Golovkin is aggressive with the 1, 2 early in round 11. Golovkin lands the jab, they trade in the middle minute, Alvarez lands a great combination, Golovkin takes it. Golovkin is very aggressive in the last minute, he lands a lovely right hand to the ear, they exchange, Golovkin lands a good right uppercut, left hook. Golovkin walks into a combination from Alvarez to start 12, Alvarez lands power punches, but can't hurt Golovkin. They trade throughout round 12, Alvarez lands more, and better, but can't move Golovkin, and Golovkin makes him work very hard, but Alvarez finishes with a good round.
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 a shocking 10-2 in Alvarez's favour, a 6-6 draw, and a 7-5 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
Golovkin seemed to clearly win rounds 4 and 5, also 7-9, Alvarez seemed to clearly win rounds 2 and 12, the other rounds, 1, 3, 6, 10, 11, seemed to be the more interesting rounds, the rounds which were hard to score.