Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) dethroned Gennady Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs) by way of Majority decision on Saturday night to crown himself the WBO/WBC at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Gennady Golovkin was able to get the jab working early but it was Canelo that unlike the first fight was not giving ground, landing a jolting hook in the second as Golovkin’s face already started to redden from the effects.
Canelo continued to assert pressure in the fourth, making Golovkin jab and move as he scored with solid body shots. It was a case of role reversal, Canelo had become the stalker whilst Golovkin tried to win rounds off the back foot, using a accurate jab to try discourage the Mexican.
Canelo had now got Golovkin where he wanted him, moving backwards and employed more body shots in the sixth in attempt to further slow down ‘Triple G’
The script was not to be followed, at least not Canelo’s as Golovkin started to win back momentum in the eighth, pushing back the advances of Canelo who looked happy to counter from the ropes, landing a hard shot which brought a shake of the head from the champion, indication or perhaps kidology that the shots weren’t having an effect.
Canelo’s eye was cut and Golovkin had become had now become the aggressor, he was now finding a home for his famed hooks, one of which momentarily froze Canelo for a split second, but back come Canelo with combinations of his own, he was no to be denied.
Golovkin scored big in the eleventh with hard shot after hard shot as both closed out the bout with a couple of rock em sock em robots, both taking turns to find a fight finisher that never came. Scores at the end of the bout were 114-114, 115-113, 115-113.
“My corner told me to close the round because it was a very close fight, and that’s what I did,” Alvarez said afterwards. “He was connecting some punches but they were few and far between.
When asked whether there was a possibility of doing it again, Canelo said “If the people want another fight, then we’ll do it. But for now I’m going to enjoy it.”
WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia (31-0, 26 KO’s) bullied an Brandon Cook (20-2, 13 KOs) for three rounds before the bout was mercifully waved off by referee Tony Weekes. A Short left hook to the side of the head of the Canadien put him over in the third before a follow up barrage of shots started by a solid body shot had the referee intervening, saving a brave Cook for another day.
Munguia continues to impress, welcoming any challenge to his title including the winner of the nights main event saying “If the opportunity comes to the table, we will take it”
Rehydrating to a whopping 179 lbs, David Lemieux (39-4, 33 KOs) brought the 15 lbs advantage down on Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan (28-2, 20 KOs), finding a picture perfect left hook in the contests opener that immediately goes into contention for one of 2018’s best knockouts.
After weeks of bad blood between the two Lemieux sent out a warning to the rest of the division, saying with a smile “Don’t Piss me Off Guys” it’s difficult to argue when he puts over a point as poignant as the one he administered tonight.
Making his return from back to back losses, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (47-2, 39 KOs) got back in the win column courtesy of a heavy right hand in the fifth that momentarily relieved his opponent Moises Fuentes (25-6-1, KOs) of his senses. Gonzalez overwhelmed Fuentes for the majority of the fight, cutting the Mexican over his eye in the second whilst working his combinations on the inside, particularly the up jab which bounced around the head of Fuentes.
Fuentes showed heart in standing and trading with Gonzalez but it was ultimately to his downfall as ‘Chocolatito’ found a left hook followed by a short right hand to punctuate his return to winning ways.