Canelo Alvarez Defeated Gennady Golovkin To Earn Middleweight Titles
Although the fight was not as hyped up as expected or lived up to the little hype it had but a winner still emerged in LAS VEGAS. They left it up to the judges. Again. Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez fought to a controversial draw last year in their excellent first fight and Saturday at T-Mobile Arena was the grudge match. It was supposed to settle once and for all who is the better fighter.
Neither delivered the knockout as promised, amid all the bad blood leading up to it. And neither ever really came that close. But in the judges’ eyes, Alvarez delivered the performance of his life in front of 21,965 fans, upsetting Golovkin to take his WBA and WBC middleweight titles in an outcome that will certainly be debated for years to come.
Canleo, the underdog and younger fighter (28), won a tight majority decision after 12 brutal rounds of boxing that was thrilling, exhilarating, and exhausting. Judge Glen Feldman scored the bout a draw, 114-114, while Dave Moretti and Steve Weisfeld scored it 115-113 in favor of Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) to give him the biggest win of his career and earn him serious consideration as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world.
While many media members at the fight scored it a draw, Complex Sports scored it a 116-112 victory for Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs) who suffered his first career loss and failed to make history—he was vying to break a tie with the legendary Bernard Hopkins with a 21st successful defense of his middleweight championships.