Gennady Golovkin vs Saul Alvarez II
In Las Vegas, Gennady Golovkin and Saul Alvarez battle it out in a highly anticipated rematch, having fought to a split draw 12 months earlier, Golovkin keeping his WBA, WBC, IBF belts without a win, having later had the IBF title taken from him for opting not to take his mandatory, Golovkin goes into the rematch, still as the WBA, WBC champion.
Golovkin, considered by many, unlucky not to have gotten the decision the first time, goes into the rematch, a slight favourite.
Unlike a respectful, professional fight the first time, the rematch, due to failed drug tests, insults, is a real grudge match, there is animosity between the two fighters, with Golovkin, questioning Alvarez's ability to fight like a proud Mexican warrior, Alvarez, admittedly, fuming with rage at Golovkin, the two have to be separated by security at the weigh in.
Round 1 is interesting, Alvarez meets Golovkin centre ring, holds his ground, Golovkin is cautious, but active with the jab, throwing most of the punches, landing his jab a lot, and probably edging the opener. Alvarez makes it harder for Golovkin to keep him at distance in round 2, and he lands a perfectly timed, flush left hook, Golovkin soaks it up, Alvarez is the aggressor in round 2, has Golovkin backing up.
Golovkin aims to jab in round 3, but Alvarez lands a couple of shots in the 1st minute, Golovkin throws in the mid minute, but Alvarez looks stronger, is defensive, both land late, but Alvarez seems to get the best of it. Golovkin's jab is good in the 1st minute of round 4, and Alvarez, hitting air, Golovkin out works Alvarez, mid, lands a good uppercut, Golovkin continues in the last minute, another right uppercut, and a stand out jab.
Golovkin does more early in round 5, lands the jab, the uppercut, but Alvarez is the aggressor, lands a big right hand, Golovkin throws more, mid, but Alvarez controls pace, jabs, it is then a jab match, late, Golovkin, quantity, Alvarez, quality. Alvarez dictates round 6, early, jabs, is aggressive, attacks the body, Golovkin out works Alvarez, mid, landing in variety, lands a couple of good shots, Alvarez is the aggressor, late, lands to the body, both land, but Alvarez, landing harder, pressing.
They open up in round 7, but 30 seconds in, Alvarez seems stronger, he then works on the inside, but Golovkin jabs, mid, lands clean, but Alvarez dictates, late, lands a great left uppercut, takes shots from Golovkin, but lands a couple of good shots. Alvarez lands a great right uppercut early in round 8, jabs with Golovkin, and lands, hard, but Golovkin out works him, mid, Alvarez seems to take his foot off the gas after missing, but defending well himself.
Golovkin has a good 1st minute to round 9, lands the jab, follows it up, does lots of work, Alvarez thumps a couple in, to the body, but out worked, Alvarez lands a hard right uppercut, mid, as well as a couple of clean crosses, but is still out worked, they slug it out, late, Alvarez, aggressive, but Golovkin, accurate. Golovkin starts round 10 with clean jabs, and doubles the clean right uppercut to the head, Alvarez lands, but Golovkin out works him, mid, lands a great, flush right hand, Golovkin takes an uppercut, but lands more shots, jabs very well, late.
Golovkin starts round 11 fast, lands a flush right hand, goes back to the jab, Golovkin lands hard power shots, mid, punishes Alvarez, Alvarez fires back, but Golovkin defends, both land the uppercut, late, both rest, but briefly attack, Golovkin lands more, Alvarez lands a stand out shot. Golovkin lands a flush left hook to start the last round, and then a jarring right uppercut, Alvarez tries to fire back, but falls down as Golovkin defends, but Alvarez then lands clean uppercuts of his own, mid, they go to war, both chins hold up, they brawl, late, but Alvarez rallies better, but then Golovkin lands a flush right uppercut, and the bell goes.
The fighters embrace as the fight ends, have clear mutual respect, and both seem very confident of victory.
There doesn't seem to be any general consensus, as some say Golovkin has clearly won, some say Alvarez has clearly won, and many say it could go either way.
It is announced that it is a majority decision, even on one card, the overruling two, scoring Alvarez a close winner.
Saul Alvarez beats Gennady Golovkin by Majority Decision, Alvarez gives a happy post fight interview, whilst a devastated Golovkin leaves the ring straight away.
At the post fight press conference, Golovkin is his usual humble self, is gracious in defeat, congratulates Alvarez, but is still clearly in strong disagreement with the decision, Abel Sanchez claims his fighter could have been tactically better, not unexpectedly protests for the trilogy.
'I'm not going to say who won tonight, because the victory belongs to Canelo, according to the judges. I thought it was a very good fight for the fans and very exciting. I thought I fought better than he did'.
'I feel satisfied because I gave a great fight. It was a clear victory'
Steve Bunce: 114-114
Boxing peoples' opinions
Andre Ward: Alvarez