NEW YORK CITY – Boxing indeed is the sports’ red district
It was a highly touted rematch that became more controversial than the first bout.
This time, Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) took away the WBA and WBC middleweight belts of champion Gennady Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs) with a controversial majority decision after 12 rounds on Saturday night (September 15) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The judges’ scorecards said it all: 114-114, 115-113, 115-113 for Canelo, who went toe-to-toe from the opening bell with the dangerous Golovkin.
Both Canelo and Golovkin felt each other out as they jabbed in the opening round although they were tentative from the start.
As Golovkin stalked behind the jab, the Mexican allowed his hands to go off the counters in round two as things started to pick up after a slow start.
Alvarez continued to counter and was the busier in round three.
An uppercut snapped Golovkin’s head.
Golovkin connected with a solid right that caught Canelo’s attention in round four.
Golovkin’s momentum was halted by an overhand right by Canelo in round five.
At this juncture, the Mexican started to focus downstairs and follow as Golovkin was in his back foot.
Golovkin continued to use the stiff jab as Canelo stalked past the halfway point in the 7th stanza.
The two fighters also clashed heads, adding to the drama of the fight Canelo started to bleed above the cut as Golovkin began to close the gap in the 8th.
The jab stuck to the plan working but Alvarez continued to throw combinations late in the fight.
In the 10th, Golovkin backed Canelo shortly after, briefly stopping his momentum but Canelo stood his ground.
The championship rounds were full of drama with the fight close Golovkin took it to Canelo landing wild punches but Alvarez quickly responded with combinations going after the champ.
The 12th and final round with the fight hanging close Canelo went after Golovkin but slipped.
When referee Benji Estevez quickly ruled it a slip, everyone was on their feet.
Canelo and Golovkin traded away to the final bell as the fans went wild.
Fans demanded a third fight.