One of the greatest rivalries in modern boxing finally had its fitting conclusion as Canelo Alvarez earned a unanimous decision victory over Gennadiy Golovkin in their trilogy clash this Saturday night in Las Vegas.
The two met for the first time in September 2017 and the fight ended in a split draw. The rematch, taking place after a year, saw Canelo clinching GGG’s WBA (Super), WBC, and IBO middleweight belts via majority decision, as well as handing the Kazakhstani pugilist his first career defeat.
Into their third encounter, which took place at the at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise on 17th September, had Canelo defending his undisputed 168-pound title against GGG.
As the more dominant fighter right from the start, Canelo kept a good defense while making connections with overhand rights. The offense from Golovkin was comparatively ineffective, who fell behind on the scores in the first eight rounds.
From the 9th, Golovkin changed his approach and somewhat thwarted Canelo’s rhythm and in the tenth, even made a cut above Canelo’s eye. However, the Mexican kept his momentum going throughtout the final rounds and despite failing to earn a stoppage as he promised before the fight, won the favour of all three judges on the scorecard (116-112, 115-113, 115-113).
“He’s a really good fighter,” Canelo commneted on his rival after the fight, “He’s strong. He’s a great fighter and that’s why we’re here. I’m glad to share the ring with him. I’m going to keep forward to keep my legacy strong.”
Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennadiy Golovkin 3 FULL RESULT:
- Undisputed WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, WBO, and The Ring Super Middleweight Title: Canelo Alvarez (c) defeats Gennadiy Golovkin via unanimous decision (116-112, 115-113, 115-113)
- WBC Super Flyweight Title: Jesse Rodriguez (c) defeats Israel Gonzalez via unanimous decision (118-109, 117-110, 114-113)
- IBF North American Super Middleweight Title: Ali Akhmedov defeats Gabriel Rosado via unanimous decision (100-90, 100-90, 100-90)
- WBA International Middleweight Title: Austin Williams defeats Kieron Conway via unanimous decision (96-93, 97-92, 97-92)