The fallout from Gennady Golovkin’s dethronement has sent the boxing community into a tailspin with a new champion crowned on Saturday night in Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.
Whether you agree with the judges at ringside or not, doesn’t change the fact that the redheaded Mexican followed through with his promise to stand and trade with Golovkin making it one hell of a fight for us spectators.
It had something for everyone barring a knockdown/knockout which on reflection was okay considering we had already witnessed two of this years best from the undercard (Lemieux Vs O Sullivan & Gonzalez Vs Fuentes), going into the fight I had no horse in this particular race, I’m a fan of both fighters but my prediction that Canelo wouldn’t stand in the face of adversity was way out I have to confess, these are the exact wording I used in my prediction.
Golovkin’s team have baited their hooks with talk of Canelo unwilling to stand and trade with them, questioning his Mexican heart which has got Canelo biting but come fight night I very much doubt he will provide a static target which would play into the hands of Golovkin who’s record of knockouts mixed the statistic of never being knockdown either as an amateur or professional is perfect for a rock em sock em kind of fight.
As you can see I couldn’t have been further from the truth, in fact, it was Golovkin that did most of the backtracking, nevertheless, I did score Golovkin the winner by a small margin but couldn’t argue a draw or even Canelo by a point, it was one of those kinds of fights, It was never the robbery that some suggest or report on, I personally thought that Harold Letterman’s scorecard was a little wide of the mark but Gareth Davies of the Daily Telegraph went further in his assessment, scoring it wider which suggests the fight was a one-sided affair, It most definitely was not.
Here is my scorecard for anyone Interested.
|Gennady Golovkin Vs. Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez|
It was a difficult fight to score, I’m left to sympathise with the judge’s in this particular predicament because we have to take into account that the contest was scheduled for Cinco De Mayo (Mexican Independence Day) meaning that GGG fans were vastly outnumbered, every shot that grazed or landed on the gloves were cheered by Canelo’s legion of fans which could have swung rounds for even the most unbiased of judges (not that I think the three selected were incompetent)
I do feel however that a lot was missed in the engaging all-action affair which had me unable to avert my gaze, this, in turn, left me having to rewatch the fight to accurately score my version of events.
The impressive jab of Golovkin I felt allowed him to slightly shade some close rounds which is the reason why on my scorecard he was victorious, that being said Canelo should also be commended for taking control over the centre of the ring, which raised more than a few eyebrows, If I hadn’t had seen it with my own eyes I don’t think I would have been able to believe a fighter could make the ‘Middleweight Monster’ go backwards, he did however, showing a Mexican heart to fight fire with fire which the HBO Commentary team lapped up, you could even be forgiven into thinking that Canelo was part of Roy Jones Jr’s family the way he gushed about him on fight night.
All in all, the real winners were the boxing fans, we got to witness one of the truly great Middleweight encounters with thoughts already fleeting to a third encounter which both seemed Interested in.
When asked of my opinion on any such fight happening I commented that a third fight would be unwise from Gennady’s point of view listing my reasoning to why as:
- It will represent another year older for ‘Triple G’ who did at times show signs of ageing
- The simple fact is that Golovin cant knockout Canelo, 24 rounds of boxing he tried, 24 times he failed to do so as Canelo’s chin stood firm.
- Canelo will edge close fights in Vegas, e.g. Erislandy Lara & Golovkin 2 mirrors this fact.
- Canelo holds all the cards when it comes to the negotiating stage even more so now that he is the champion which means if the fight is to happen it will do so in Vegas
I, like most of you reading this, hope that we get to see a third fight, Golovkin and his team want another crack and it seems the financial benefit outweighs all other routes at this moment in time for Canelo, it makes business sense for all involved.
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez
KNOCKOUT OF THE NIGHT – GONZALEZ KO FUENTES
Most will pick David Lemieux hook that left a shell-shocked Gary O Sullivan thinking that he had been hit by a Mack truck but for me, It was the returning Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez’ hook to the body followed by a short right hand that I found more deserving, Fuentes backed up against the ropes with Gonzalez closing the gap enough to rip off a solid combination that left the Mexican in a bewildered state on the canvas.
PERFORMANCE OF THE NIGHT – CANELO
It has to be the performance of Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez who in my opinion is the big winner in this category, he not only toppled the Middleweight king but did so by following through on his promise of standing and trading with the proposed big puncher but not only did he accomplish this he also backed him up while doing so, something we have never seen a fighter do continuously to Triple G, Incredible.
PPV STAR IN THE MAKING?
On a side note, before I finish my ramblings for this week, I’d like to mention how impressive Jaime Munguia was on the undercard, a Mexican star whose win over Brandon Cook represented his fifth fight of 2018 continues to blaze a trail to become a PPV star in the making.
Wins over Jose Carlos Paz, Johnny Navarrete, The WBO title victory over Sadam Ali and his follow up defences over Liam Smith and Cook have created a buzz around the young fighter which will inevitably be added to in the years to follow, maybe a future Mexican war with Canelo could be on the cards? Munguia seemed eager when asked.