Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennadiy Golovkin 3 fight results, highlights: Mexican star wins decision to close trilogy – CBS Sports

Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennadiy Golovkin 3 fight results, highlights: Mexican star wins decision to close trilogy - CBS Sports

After controversial scorecards overshadowed their first two meetings, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennadiy Golovkin met for the third time on Saturday night in Las Vegas. This time, Alvarez left little debate that he was the better fighter, although the scorecards may have reflected a closer fight than actually occurred. With the unanimous decision victory, Alvarez remains the undisputed super middleweight champion of the world.

Alvarez dominated the fight with defense and a strong combination of broad upper rights, jabs and left hooks. Golovkin spent the first eight rounds laboring behind a largely ineffective jab, seemingly digging himself a deep hole on the scorecards. In the first two rounds, Golovkin only landed two of 32 total jabs.

Things didn’t get much better for Golovkin as the rounds went on. Alvarez would land jabs and hooks while Golovkin would chase and miss with the majority of his punches.

It was a much less competitive fight than their September 2017 meeting, which was ruled a split draw, or their September 2018 meeting, which Álvarez took by majority decision.

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It was somewhat shocking that Alvarez failed to work the body with any regularity. Golovkin, 40, has shown vulnerability to body shots in his recent fights and Alvarez has one of the best left hands to the body in the sport. However, Alvarez didn’t need to key in Golovkin’s ribs because his very basic strategy worked well.

While Alvarez promised a knockout, he never had to shift into a higher gear to shoot for the finish, instead working over Golovkin with simple and crisp boxing.

Despite apparently scoring a wide decision victory, the scorecards were contested for the third straight meeting between the two. Alvarez took the deserved decisive victory, but with scores of 116-112, 115-113 and 115-113. CBS Sports won the fight 118-110 for Alvarez.

“He’s a really good fighter,” Alvarez said after the fight. “He’s strong. He’s a great fighter and that’s why we’re here. I’m happy to share the ring with him. I’ll continue to keep my legacy strong.”

Alvarez then hinted that he was in favor of a fight with the winner of the fight between WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol and Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramírez on November 5. Alvarez lost to Bivol in May, the first loss for “Canelo” since September. 2013. Rather than immediately seek to exercise his rematch clause, Alvarez instead chose to settle his rivalry with Golovkin in a fight that many observers felt came at least three years past its deadline.

Before he looks for revenge — and a second light heavyweight world title — Alvarez said he needs time to rest and heal his body as well as undergo surgery on his left hand. The fight with Golovkin was Alvarez’s ninth in the past four years.

The loss was only the second of Golovkin’s career. He still holds the IBF and WBA middleweight titles and said after the fight that he would return to 160 pounds for his next one, brushing off any suggestion he would retire after the trilogy fight with Alvarez.

“Everybody knows, this is a top class. This is the best fighter in boxing. Everybody knows who Canelo is. It’s a huge fight. Look at his face, look at my face. We’ve trained well, and it shows that we did. very good quality fight.

“This fight is more tactical. Today, Canelo is better. Congratulations to Canelo.”

The undercard saw Jesse Rodriguez retain his WBC super flyweight title by decision over Israel Gonzalez, although it wasn’t as clear-cut as the pre-fight odds would have suggested. Additionally, Ali Akhmedov made easy work of veteran Gabriel Rosado to earn a decisive victory. And Austin Williams beat Kieron Conway en route to a decisive win of his own.

CBS Sports was with you all night in Las Vegas, so be sure to follow the live results and highlights below.

Alvarez vs. Golovkin 3 fight card, results

  • Canelo Alvarez (c) def. Gennadiy Golovkin via unanimous decision (116-112, 115-113, 115-113)
  • Jesse Rodriguez (c) def. Israel Gonzalez via unanimous decision (118-109, 117-110, 114-113)
  • Ali Akhmedov def. Gabriel Rosado by unanimous decision
  • Austin Williams won. Kieron Conway via unanimous decision (96-93, 97-92, 97-92)

Alvarez vs. Golovkin 3 scorecard

Scoring by Brian Campbell

Alvarez (c) 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 10 9 118
Golovkin 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 10 9 10 110

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