Saul "Canelo" Alvarez won a majority decision in Saturday's all-in-one against Gennady "GGG" Golovkin and became the unified midweight champion, including the WBA (Super), WBC, IBO and The Ring Magazine. It was a very close fight, like the first, but many (including this author) thought that Golovkin had clearly won.
Judge Daev Moretti scored 115-113 for Alvarez. Jew Glenn Feldman scored a 114-114 draw. Judge Steve Weisfeld scored 115-113 for Alvarez, leading to the majority decision.
In the opening laps, Golovkin worked well for his jab, but Alvarez was more consistent with joining harder punches. He assisted Golovkin a few times, although "GGG" also got his shots early and Alvarez landed thanks to the left thrust.
Golovkin began to fade in the middle laps, but came back strongly and supported Alvarez during the final laps. Golovkin looked good at least in the last four rounds and some of the opening rounds. It was a very close match and certainly one of the best fights of all time.
In the co-feature, the WBO junior middleweight title was on the line, and Jaime Munguia was the favorite with a wide, wide margin. And for a good reason. Brandon Cook made some good shots in the second round, but Munguia's offensive was too much for him as he was eliminated in the third round. More specifically, the referee stopped the fight prematurely and saved Cook from the wild hook Munguia had on her back.
Roman Chocolatito "Gonzalez" was a bit slow in the opening race, but gained pace on each lap before stopping Moises Fuentes in the fifth lap. The ensuing fight was a shock when David Lemieux dropped Gary O & Sullivan in the first round with a brutal left hook.
The rematch was originally scheduled for May 5, but was postponed when Alvarez was suspended for a positive drug test. Alvarez worked with officials, but claimed that the positive test was due to spoiled meat. Either way, Golovkin went on to fight (and beat) another opponent that day, and the rematch was scheduled for Saturday.
Below is the full live blog in reverse order.
Saul "Canelo" Alvarez special Gennady "GGG" Golovkin on the majority decision
Round 12: Fina round and at least on my map needs Alvarez ak Nocke. Golovkin's big left hook, then two hard jabs. Golovkin's harsh right uppercut grabs Alvarez's head. Alvarez slips out briefly. They bind and are separated. Hook on the body of Golovkin. Alvarez left hook connects, but Golovkin also lands his own hook. Alvarez's hard, short right hand ends up. They are trading uppercuts. More jabs and hooks are exchanged at the end, and they hug each other at the bell! Impressive! It's Golovkin on my card, but wow!
Round 11: Alvarez is providing a lot of support to start this round. He brings Alvarez up against the ropes and lands two big jabs. Alvarez stops and eats several big shots over the top, including a hard right hook. Alvarez swings a hook that does damage – he's not done yet. Golovkin now blocks the body hits, a crucial element of this fight. They slow down a bit more. Hard left hook of Golovkin. The right body was shot by Alvarez. Right hook from Alvarez. Short combination of Golovkin countries. The first half of this round was GGG, the second half was Alvarez.
Round 10: Golovkin looks quicker now despite Alvarez's corner assuring him that Golovkin has nothing left. Two very hard hooks from Golovkin, and then he follows with a tremendous combination, three, four, five hits on a staggering Alvarez. But Alvarez comes back after getting off the ropes and lands a nice hook and body shot. Another body was shot by Alvarez, but Golovkin responded with another yell, tearing Alvarez's head back with a series of jabs. Another big Golovkin round, at least on my map.
Round 9: Alvarez finally shows signs of wear and damage. Two hard body shots from Alvarez to get started, though. Stiff jab, left hook of Golovkin. Alvarez connects with a hook while Golovkin takes a deep breath, and then the same thing happens in the other direction. Alvare misses the body with a hook, but lands a good right hand through Golovkin's guard. Great left hook of Golovkin. Alvarez complains about a possible head kick. Golovkin is still coming and throwing big combo's, and Alvarez deftly loses that round.
Round 8: Golovkin's corner tells him that he loses between rounds. Hard right hook of Golovkin and then one of Alvarez. Short right hook lands for Golovkin as he ducks under Alvarez. More jabs of Golovkin. Alvarez is now starting to help, but he lands a hard left hook. A big push from Golovkin rams Alvarez's head back, then ends a one-two combination with a hard right hook. That was a Golovkin round … probably.
Round 7: Golovkin gets out a bit faster this turn, but early on he eats two big body shots. The Jab, who is always present, continues to land for him. Golovkin throws a jab every other moment at this point. In the middle of this round and not much action. They both slowed down a bit. Golovkin's hard uppercut, but a hard hook from Alvarez follows this one. Still a close! I would probably call that a draw.
Round 6: Left thrust of Golovkin continues. Alvarez keeps on coming, even through the jabs. Alvarez absorbs a lot of damage, but Golovkin is visibly frustrated that the man he is fighting controls the pace. The two exchange uppercuts. Hard right hook from Golovkin countries. Another good body shot from Alvarez. Golovkin rams Alvarez's head back with a hard kick. This is a great fight!
Round 5: Golovkin evades an uppercut and joins two hard jabs. Alvarez seems to have a cut near his right eye. Jab, Haken, Golovkin's uppercut combo is good, but he eats a hard hook from Alvarez. Golovkin leaves to get off a wing hook. Great thrust from Alvarez. Golovkin takes a deep breath here, Alvarez & # 39; body shots need to slow him down. Golovkin, meanwhile, has just thrown a handful of shots on the body. However, the round ends with a nice Golovkin Jab combo.
Round 4: Bad Miss on Alvarez's uppercut almost causes Golovkin to cut off his head, but he gets out of the way. Both throw jabs far, much faster than I can type now. Golovkin connects with a hard uppercut. Alvarez misses with his right hand and lands a good body. Golovkin has to land some of it – and he hits one after I've typed that. One minute to go around. Four Golovkin fast blows all land, and then one of Alvarez joins. Great body shot by Alvarez. Extremely close, maybe Alvarez!
Round 3: Alvarez pushes a nice left stab through the guard, and Golovkin connects with an uppercut in response. Golovkin has some damage near his right eye, but he is not yet bleeding. Golovkin continues to hold the jab and then a hard right hook, but Alvarez answers with a left hook and a big jab. The left hook is missing for Golovkin, then it lands as he ducks under a big hook of Alvarez. Another very close round – Alvarez lands the harder punches, it seems, but Golovkin gets his work in. I think it is now 2-1 Golovkin.
Round 2: Golovkin eats two hard left hands from Alvarez, but he shakes him off and lands a nice jab. Right now this is just a battle of jabs. Short uppercut of Golovkin grazes. Golovkin lowered his head directly into a left uppercut of Alvarez. Alvarez relaxes here. Great body shot by Alvarez. Hard body shot by Alvarez, followed by a beautiful one-two-three above Golovkin. Alvarez misses with one wing to the left. Golabkin jabs because the round ends. This one was probably Alvarez's lap.
Round 1: Both fighters rush to the middle of the ring to start, with Golovkin first bumping. Two more blows from Golovkin after a Canelo hook was blocked. The left hook of Canelo sneaks through Golovkin's guard. Golovkin starts much stronger than he did in the first fight. Two more blows from him, though he also eats one from Alvarez. Alvarez lands a short left jab. Body shot of Alvarez grazes Golovkin. Golovkin rams Alvarez's head back with a pang and the round is over. That was probably a GGG round.
Jaime Munguia bes. Brandon Cook about TKO at 1:03 of lap 3
Round 3: Cook comes back, with hard body shots. Size. But he gets hit hard by a hook from Munguia, and it's a knockdown. Cook goes down, but manages to do it by the census. They start again and Munguia raves again. Brutal Body Shot leads cooks to turtle against the ropes, and after a few more chops of pepper, the referee stops the fight. Munguia threw absolutely brutal hooks on the body! What a show!
Round 2: Cook knows he has to get strong and he does that in the second round, throwing big combos and pulling Munguia up to the ropes. The right uppercut of Munguia simply browses and pushes back Cook. Big overhand missing right from Cook. Munguia wants to go back to Cook, but he knows the Force is there and he does not want to be at the receiving end of a one-puncher who seems to be popular tonight. Shortly to the right of Cook lands. And again, with 10 seconds in the round, Munguia begins to unload with a series of strong hooks. Cook ends up with a body shot that was pretty good. Actually a close round, but probably Munguias.
Round 1: Slow start to this round, with Munguia waiting to engage Cook, but Cook … is not captivating. Couple left by Munguia Land jabs, then misses a left overhand and he eats a couple of jabs from Cook. Hard bodies shot from Munguia, and he eats one from Cook right afterwards. Big hook on the body of Munguia. He has Cook against the ropes, and Munguia starts beating. Munguia is warned of blows to the back of the head. When the first round comes to an end, Munguia fires several hard hooks, and all Cook can do is turtle to the bell.
David Lemieux from Gary O & Sullivan via KO at 2:44 of lap 1
Round 1: Lemiux comes out more aggressive to start the first to work the body up early, but he eats some stiff left jabs from O & Sullivan. Good, hard body, shot by Lemieux, then another. Strong left jab of O & # 39; Sullivan. The left hook of Lemieux and O & Sullivan is down! He is down and the umpire stops this fight! O & Sullivan has not gone "out" per se, but he's clearly not there. Impressive!
Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez with Moises Fuentes on KO at 1:44 of lap 5
Round 5: More of the same here to start, with Chocolatito landing a beautiful riot and BOOM, a great knockout hit! Fuentes is down and he does not get up! It was a short left hook followed by a big overhand right.
Round 4: Chocolatito is probably three laps up here, but at worst 2: 1. Fuentes throws some hard hooks into the fourth and lands a nice body shot. He also connects with a strong left hook. Problem is: between these two good shots he ate about six of Chocolatito. Right uppercut of Chocolatito with Fuentes against the ropes. Overhand left of Chocolatito beats hard. Another round for him, although Fuentes looked better there than in the second and third.
Round 3: Chocolatito rolls early, leaving Fuentes behind with hard jabs and devious hooks. He composes several one-two-three combinations and resolutely completes another round.
Round 2: Fuentes gets out more aggressively and waves a strong hook that Chocolatito barely misses. Chocolatito returns with a hard body shot, then a short left hook and Fuentes has a cut near his right eye. More hard shots from Chocolatito supporting Fuentes. Strong body shot by Chocolatito, then a right to the body of Fuentes. Short left hook lands again for Chocolatito, and Fuentes struggles to line up. Round ends – it should be chocolatito.
Round 1: And we are on the way! Chocolatito works a couple of jabs and brings Fuentes up against the ropes, but they circle away. Fuentes, much bigger hands, some nice jabs, but it's a slow, fairly even round.
The rematch is finally here. Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Gennady "GGG" Golovkin will face each other on Saturday night in a pay-per-view card for almost all the important middleweight titles. Their first assignment was a controversial split draw, not because the fight was not narrow, but because a judge, Adalaide Byrd, had a card that was significantly different from the other two judges.
Saturdays card starts at 20 o'clock ET on HBO pay-per-view (live streaming over FITE.tv,RingTV), The first fight was close enough to justify a draw, but the 118-110 card handed down by Byrd was much criticized after the fight. We have a live blog and highlights of the whole map, right here, starting at 8pm.
Golovkin is considered the best pound-by-pound fighter in the world, but he needs a decisive victory over Alvarez. They were originally scheduled for a rematch on May 5, but Alvarez was handed a six-month suspension for a positive drug test, which he blamed on corrupt meat from Mexico.
The WBA (Super), WBC and IBO Middleweight titles are currently held by a Golovkin and will be on the line, as well as the vacant The Ring Magazine middleweight belt. The IBF title was stumbled by Golovkin as he did not face the mandatory challenger Sergiy Derevyanchenko.
Saturday's card will also feature a WBO junior middleweight title contest between champion Jaime Munguia and Brandon Cook. The card opens with a battle between Superflyweights Roman Gonzalez and Moises Fuentes, followed by a middleweight competition between David Lemieux and Gary O & Sullivan.
How to watch Canelo against GGG II
Time: 20.00 ET
Place: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas
TV: Pay-per-view (HBO)
Online Streaming: FITE.tv, RingTV
Canelo vs GGG II Battle Card
Middleweight: Saul "Canelo" Alvarez def. Gennady "GGG" Golovkin on the majority decision
Junior middleweight: Jaime Munguia def. Brandon Cook via TKO at 1:03 of lap 3
Middleweight: David Lemieux def. Gary O & Sullivan via KO at 2:44 of lap 1
Junior Bantamweight: Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez, Moises Fuentes over KO at 1:44 of lap 5