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Still Undisputed Middleweight Champion

by Isiyaku Ahmed
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Still Undisputed - Canelo

By Olu Allen

The wait is officially over as in the early hours of today we had a true champion with bragging right. Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (57-2-2, 39 KOs) and Gennadiy ‘GGG’ Golovkin (42-1-1, 37 KOs) clashed in the much-awaited trilogy in Las Vegas. After a draw in their first bout and Canelo’s narrow win in the second, the pair settled one of boxing’s biggest rivalries.

With a unanimous decision victory over his rival, Canelo Alvarez retained his undisputed super middleweight championship.

Golovkin started incredibly slow and barely threw a right hand over the first two-quarters of the bout, but came on strong late and appeared to win the final four rounds. Golovkin’s face was marked up by the fourth round as he struggled to find an answer to what was becoming a one-sided affair.

The 40-year-old long-reigning middleweight champion was showing his age and was shaken by an overhand right at the end of the fifth session.

Golovkin’s corner implored him to start thudding home his normally laser-focused jab, but he was struggling to let his hands go as the fight slipped away from him.

The Kazakh challenger was struggling, even at this early stage, to impose himself on the fight. And he was forced to hold on in the third round as Alvarez landed a thudding left hook to surely inch further ahead on the judges’ scorecards.

Golovkin’s face was marked up by the fourth round as he struggled to find an answer to what was becoming a one-sided affair. The 40-year-old long-reigning middleweight champion was showing his age and was shaken by an overhand right at the end of the fifth session.

Golovkin’s corner implored him to start thudding home his normally laser-focused jab, but he was struggling to let his hands go as the fight slipped away from him.

Neither Golovkin nor his corner appeared to believe they could turn this fight around – but he finally came up to mettle himself in the ninth round as he briefly backed up Alvarez. Even the pro-Mexican crowd rallied at the prospect of getting their money’s worth.

Golovkin finally remembered he had a jab at his disposal in the 10th round but his onslaught was proving to be too little, too late. Alvarez, cut over his right eye after an accidental clash of heads, cruised through the final six minutes to ensure the judges’ decision was not faulty.

The other results are as follows;

Main Card:

WBC super-flyweight championship: Jesse Rodriguez UD-12 Israel Gonzalez (118-109, 117-110, 114-113).

Super middleweight: Ali Akhmedov UD-10 Gabriel Rosado (100-90, 100-90, 100-90).

Middleweight: Austin Williams UD-10 Kieron Conway (96-93, 97-92, 97-92).

The Preliminary Card results are:

Middleweight: Diego Pacheco TKO-5 Enrique Collazo (2:29).

Lightweight: Marc Castro KO-5 Kevin Montiel (1:40).

Super lightweight: Aaron Aponte D-8 Fernando Molina (74-76, 75-75, 76-74).

Super flyweight: Anthony Herrera UD-5 Delvin McKinley (50-45, 50-45, 50-45, technical decision, the fight stopped on clash of heads).

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