Canelo Gets Decision On
Surprisingly Close Scorecards
By William Trillo @ Ringside
Photos by German Villasenor
In front of a packed house in Las Vegas, Saul “Canelo”
Alvarez (58-2-2, 39 KO’s) and Gennady Golovkin (42-2-1,
37 KO’s) went to war for the third, decisive and
hopefully very last time. To say the luster has
diminished on this rivalry would be an understatement.
Still though, it’s a Las Vegas fight night. The
atmosphere was electric inside the T-Mobile Arena as the
Matchroom promoted show gave us all the bells and
whistles a unified championship deserves.
The fighters started the fight within striking distance
immediately. After twetyfour rounds in the ring together
there was no need for a feeling out process. Golovkin
was calm, throwing a stiff jab while moving effortlessly
around the ring. Canelo seemed a bit more anxious as he
missed and threw wildly.
As round two began the pace picked up for Canelo but GGG
seemed content to keep a slower and less productive
pace. It was evident Canelo was already searching to
land that one big shot.
In round three Canelo really began to open up with his
offense. These were now punches with bad intentions
coming from the Champ. But as for GGG, he was almost
beginning to seem reluctant and unable to let his hands
go. It was almost as if he was already hurt.
If there was a round that reminded us that GGG is in
fact 40 years old now, it was the fourth. This certainly
wasn’t anything that resembled the Golovkin of old and
Canelo knew it.
In round five GGG did literally nothing. His face was
getting lumpy and discolored. Again, Canelo was looking
for a way to send him down and bring this show to a
Rounds six, seven and eight were no different. At this
point it was hard to tell if GGG had a gameplan, and if
this was it…it wasn’t working.
Round nine was quite possibly the best round of the
fight. Golovkin was finally throwing combination punches
that were landing. Canelo was retaliating in like
fashion and the crowd was loving it. For the first time
during the fight the crowd was on their feet and the
house was on fire because the action in the ring was
The excitement would go no further. Round 10 was like
all the other earlier rounds, which wasn’t good. Did GGG
really think he could take Canelo out to the deep waters
and drown him? At best that was a haphazard plan, but at
this point it was the only thing that made any sense at
Round 11 only solidified the fact that Canelo was in no
danger at all. GGG had nothing left.
Basically round 12 was an exercise in futility. As if it
couldn’t get any worse GGG was now throwing meaningless
punches and then clutching on to Canelo for dear life.
By the halfway mark of the round the fans in attendance
let it be known they did not appreciate what they were
watching. And rightly so.
Maybe because the first two fights were so competitive
and close, we expected this third fight to live up to a
higher standard. I am here to tell you it did not.
Judges scorecards would lead you to believe that the
fight was indeed close. It wasn’t. To say that scores of
116-112, 115-113 and 115-113 all in favor of Canelo were
absurd is putting it mildly.
If you don’t believe me, consider this; had Golovkin
been given one more round on the scorecards this fight
would have been declared a Draw.
Now that’s absurd!
That being said, Canelo keeps his unified titles that
include the IBF World Super Middle, WBA Super World
Super Middle, WBC World Super Middle and the WBO World
Super Middle belts.
For the record I had the fight scored 119-109 for
Canelo. I gave GGG one round and no more.
After the fight Canelo remarked on GGG lasting all
twelve rounds, “It didn’t surprise me. I know him;. He’s
a strong fighter. For me I’m just glad to share the ring
with him. He’s a really good fighter. I’m glad to be
involved in that kind of fight.”
For his part GGG stated, “You know for this - everybody
knows - this is high level, the best fight for boxing.
Look at his face. Look at my face. It’s high level.
Because we trained well, and this is shows that we did a
very good fight, very good quality.”