A year of bad blood and hostility was settled Saturday night in Las Vegas with 36 minutes of non-stop action as Canelo Alvarez pounded out a majority decision over “Triple G” Gennady Golovkin. The two fought to a controversial draw a year ago to the day in a fight that most thought Golovkin won handily. This time around, Alvarez took the fight to Golovkin and clearly made points by not backing down and unleashing a punishing body attack. In the end, the judges had the fight 114-114, 115-113, 115-113 in favor of Alvarez who in now the middleweight champion of the world and ending Triple G’s stranglehold on the division.
This was another close fight that could have gone either way. Golovkin was the busier fighter of the two but Canelo was far more effective in landing his punches. There was very little controversy surrounding the scoring like there was for the first fight except for the final round which two of the three judges gave to Alvarez. Unlike the first fight where he basically gave away the final round, Golovkin came out like a man possessed. Had the round been scored for Golovkin, it would have been a clear draw on all three cards.
A trilogy??? Many people are calling for a third fight but this matchup may be losing team and both fighters might be well served to fight other opponents before meeting a third time. Any way you look at it, both fighters brought the A-Game and left it all in the ring in what was a much needed great night all around for the Sweet Science.
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