LAS VEGAS – The legacy of Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is still intact and adding up. The Mexican champion clearly settled what many owe him against Gennady Golovkin.
‘Canelo’ (58-2-2, 39 KOs) clearly defeated the Kazakh fighter and left T-Mobile Arena with four super middleweight belts.
Compared to ‘Canelo’, he may have faced older or less complex opponents over the past four years, but the truth is that Golovkin (42-2-1) is no longer the deadly fighter he once was.
The 32-year-old ‘Canelo’ picked up his second consecutive win over the 40-year-old Golovkin, although unlike the previous occasion, this time his victory was more clear with a 116-112 card and two votes.115-113.
“I thanked him because we gave the people three great fights,” Canelo said after the fight. “I have experienced very difficult moments in life and we have to move forward. Failures teach us to learn many things and to be more humble”
“He’s a good fighter and I’m glad we made this fight,” Canelo said. “I knew from the first round that he was going to be difficult to knock out.”
Against all odds, neither boxer wanted to take the initiative early in the fight. Both in the course, with fearful steps, must distance themselves cautiously.
The Mexican champion began to post more and better from the second round, before Golovkin’s apparent disinterest, he was slow and without power shots; Either way, Alvarez doesn’t quite nail it.
Little by little, Canelo took over the ring based on punches to the room, some flying to the face. In the fifth round, the Mexican made the Kazakh’s legs tremble with his right hand; First down, then the blow of the night until that moment, a toss-up. This came as a shock to Golovkin fans.
Golovkin’s deadly right hand appeared minimal; Only in a few, when ‘Canelo’ was on full attack
The eighth episode was Golovkin’s best and only moment up to that point. But even before there was a clear call from ‘Canelo’ to fight, people started complaining even in the stands.
A good number of blows were exchanged in the ninth, which brought the public to their feet. Canelo got the better of him with left and right combinations to the face while Golovkin looked to be building up his opponent with body shots.