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Canelo Alvarez runs for points to win against Gennady Golovkin to finish the competition

Over the course of 12 rounds on Saturday night, “GGG” took on an unfortunate new meaning for Gennady Golovkin, as his chances of delivering “justice” in his Saul “Canelo” Alvarez trilogy quickly went, went, and then disappeared. last.

The controversy in the assessment ruined the first two meetings of rivals in 2017 and 2018, denying Golovkin one, if not two victories over Canelo, and the irony of fate was that the Kazakh could finally end up on the “right” end, he did not leave one too late for start shooting.

But leaving it for later was the subject of this fight, in which 32-year-old Canelo faced 40-year-old Golovkin, and that factor gave way to worrying uncertainty with GGG, who gathered late but wasn’t actually worth 116-112. , 115-113, 115-113 scorecards – in any case, they all favored Canelo.

September, the T-Mobile Arena and stunning scorecards were the backbone of this competition, with only the division changing this time as middleweight opponents clashed in super-middleweight as Canelo put his IBF, WBC, WBA and WBO titles on the line .

Golovkin had impressively defeated Canelo five years ago but had to settle for a draw with the Mexican who had a questionable victory in the next rematch 12 months later. When the gladiators returned to their colosseum for the final battle, Golovkin’s problem was that – this time – it didn’t seem like a matter of life and death.

The middleweight champion was so captivatingly brutal over the course of his 16-year professional career and vowed to continue, but his greatest strengths were absent for the first eight rounds here as he dared not risk opening up to the power of his opponent.

Canelo contented himself with supporting the Kazakhs and firing occasional hooks in the body, feeling no need to take his own risk, given the summer offense that was coming.

Gradually, Alvarez began to pay attention to Golovkin’s head, and while GGG was showing intelligent defense, that meant little compared to the lack of scores that made him give up round after round.

At least that was the perception of the majority, and not what was reflected in the scorecards.

Golovkin finally heeded the coach’s appeals for more volume and persistence as the fight passed its mid-point, but the veteran’s nosy punches and corkscrews could win at most the last four rounds, by any reasonable measure.

Alvarez expected to face Dmitry Bivol again in light heavyweight

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However, given the judges’ feedback on the situation, GGG will certainly regret its slow start. In their opinion, Golovkin’s more positive approach could have easily sealed the draw.

But three wrongs do not do good. Even if Golovkin were lucky to claim to be in the ring and happily nodding outside of him, the same bitter taste that remained after the Kazakhs’ controversial defeat to Canelo and draw with Canelo would return here.

For those who are sad to see one of the great boxers come out of this trilogy with two losses and a draw, it can be at least weird consolation knowing Canelo has shown little that night.

The Mexican had the opportunity to take advantage of Golovkin’s declining speed and disturbing anxiety, but failed to achieve the promised knockout.

Canelo will have to be tougher if his next venture is to be a rematch against light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol, who scored the kind of legitimate victory over Alvarez, which Golovkin was denied in 2017 and possibly again in 2018.

If Canelo can align the score with Bivol, perhaps the next legendary trilogy awaits the boxing face.


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