Winner, Decision, Analysis, Punch Stats, Scorecards, Social Media Reaction

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Get ready for a third fight.

LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 15: (R-L) Canelo Alvarez lands a right against Gennady Golovkin in their middleweight championship fight at T-Mobile Arena on September 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Tom Hogan/Golden Boy/Getty Images)

By the slimmest of margins (114-114, 115-113×2, majority decision), Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2) dethroned WBA and WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (38-1-1) and handed him the first loss of his career.

There are a number of ways to describe this bout, but first, foremost and artlessly, it was a really good fight. The two men banged away again for 12 rounds with even more intensity than they did the first time they fought in September 2017 when they battled to a controversial draw.

Alvarez came out looking to trade and push the pace of the fight from the beginning. He was pushing Golovkin back and did his best work throughout the middle rounds. Golovkin looked out of sorts as Alvarez stayed in his chest for most of the fight.

LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 15: Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez exchange punches during their WBC/WBA middleweight title fight at T-Mobile Arena on September 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Golovkin was getting marked up by Alvarez’s power shots, but the Kazakh warrior was landing his jab consistently.

That punch led to him outlanding Alvarez as he did in the first fight.

LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 15: Gennady Golovkin (R) punches Canelo Alvarez during their WBC/WBA middleweight title fight at T-Mobile Arena on September 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Despite the punch stat numbers, Alvarez looked to be the man in charge of the identity of the bout. His hands were faster and he slipped more of Golovkin’s power punches. Golovkin would come on late. Alvarez slowed and that seemed to ignite him. For the final four rounds of the bout, Golovkin landed heavy power shots that moved Canelo across the ring.

To the new champion’s credit, Canelo took the punches better than any of Golovkin’s previous opponents. Canelo didn’t just take the shots, he somehow found a way to fire back his own punches just to keep Golovkin honest.

LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 15: (L-R) Gennady Golovkin lands a left against Canelo Alvarez in their middleweight championship fight at T-Mobile Arena on September 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Tom Hogan/Golden Boy/Getty Images)

In what proved to be the deciding round in the 12th, two of the three judges thought Canelo did enough to win the frame and salvage the victory. The third judge scored it a draw. I agreed with the latter.

LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 15: (R-L) Canelo Alvarez lands a left against Gennady Golovkin in their middleweight championship fight at T-Mobile Arena on September 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Tom Hogan/Golden Boy/Getty Images)

Here is a look at the scorecards and punch stats:

Canelo GGG2Credit: CompuBox

Here is what the boxing community had to say after the decision:

Obviously, there are some who feel Golovkin was robbed again in this fight. I’d disagree with that notion even more than I did in the first bout. He has an argument that he won both bouts, but perhaps even less of a case this time around. Canelo did seem to control the entire middle of the bout while the two men traded rounds early. I scored it a draw, but if it had to go to either fighter, seeing Canelo win seems like the most logical decision.

Also, it’s hard for many to put aside their feelings about Canelo’s failed drug tests, so plenty of fight fans and others were rooting for Golovkin in the rematch.

When the fight was over, Golovkin left the ring and refused to grant HBO’s Max Kellerman a post-fight interview. The visually dejected fighter was seen going into his dressing room with a damaged face on both sides and left to think back on the first loss of his pro career.

Alvarez spoke to Kellerman and he talked about pushing the pace and looking for the KO but didn’t really acknowledge Golovkin’s power that seemed to have him at least wobbled late in the fight. When asked about a third fight, Canelo said he would do it if the people wanted to see it.

After such a thrilling fight and another close decision, I’d say it’s safe to say there is a market for a trilogy.





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