How Canelo Alvarez Surprised Gennady Golovkin With a Different Game Plan
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Sep 17, 2018,
Sep 17, 2018, 0:19
However you scored Alvarez's thrilling majority decision win at a sold out T-Mobile Arena, it's hard to do anything by shout praise at the way in which the Mexican star handled himself in doing so.
After Golovkin's poised jab clearly won the opening three minutes, Alvarez's response in the second - including a solid right uppercut - pointed to the back-and-forth contest that was to come.
Alvarez claimed a majority decision, with the judges' scorecards reading 114-114 115-113 115-113. This time around, a victor was declared as the judges who saw the tilt tipping over to Mexican's side, 115-113, outnumbered the lone judge who scored the fight 114-114.
"I feel satisfied because I gave a great fight", he said through an interpreter. Criticized and chastised for his approach in the initial meeting last September, Alvarez looked like a different fighter this time around; in truth, he looked more like himself.
This carried on much the same in rounds eleven and twelve, with Canelo showing a granite chin to stand up to a hailstorm of Golovkin power shots.
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"Canelo is a champion today, he deserves it, he fought a great fight", Sanchez said. "We saw the best way to defeat him was to force him to fight backwards". The pair was originally scheduled to rematch on May 5 until a pair of alleged positive tests for clenbuterol lead to Golden Boy Promotions withdrawing Canelo from the fight.
Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KO's), 36, who had made 19 consecutive middleweight title defenses and was within one victory of tying the record set by all-time great Bernard Hopkins with 20, suffered the first loss of his professional career.
But they embraced at the end of Saturday's fight as the crowed waited in anticipation of the judges' verdict.
He said: 'I had Golovkin 117-112.
Both fighters were cut with Alvarez having one over his left eye and Golovkin cut over the right eye.
"Canelo fought a great fight, congratulations".
'I pushed him back, it was me who was aggressive.