Like the boxers themselves, the boxing trio has long helped shape their sporting eras. Rubber matches like Ali vs. Frazier, Ali vs. Norton, Patterson vs. Johansson, Zale vs. Graziano, and the other trios determined who was the better of the two equal masters of the aristocratic art.
Last night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, we witnessed a remarkable moment in sports history, as Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (knockout 42-1-2, 37) and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (58-2-2, 39 knockouts) clashed for the third time, with Alvarez defending his undisputed super-middleweight title.
In September 2017, Alvarez drew – or perhaps rather, “gifted” – a draw. A year later, Alvarez made adjustments and improvements but only enough to leave with a controversial decisive victory.
Given the astronomical pay-per-view numbers and the high quality of the two matches, it would make sense for the promoters to arrange a third decisive contest immediately. Again, logic and boxing are not always good partners.
The boxing public had to wait four years for these contented violent artists to reunite under the klieg lights. As was evident tonight, the delay is for 40-year-old Golovkin rather than 32-year-old Alvarez.
A native of Kazakhstan, Golovkin has come at an age where Father Time is as much an enemy as his opponent in the ring. Boxing cognoscenti noted that GGG lost a step and millisecond of his quick reflexes.
After his 2018 victory, Alvarez took down a host of lauded opponents, winning both the super middleweight and lightweight belts. Last year, Alvarez was honored by Ring Magazine is the best boxer on the planet, an honor once given to GGG. However, in May 2022, Alvarez caught a slip and challenged light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol. In a surprising disappointment, Alvarez was defeated.
After losing to Bivol and constantly having to hear whispers about suspicious judgments, the Mexican supernova arrives in Las Vegas with the burning need to reassert his supremacy in the ring against an unarmed opponent. common heaven.
“After losing to Bivol and constantly having to hear whispers about suspicious judgments, the Mexican supernova arrives in Las Vegas with the burning need to reassert his supremacy in the ring against an unarmed opponent. common heaven.“
And he did it last night. For the first eight stanzas, Golovkin did a little more with his stab. He was inactive and ineffective. Alvarez watched as the boxer was always a stalker, staying in his pocket and shooting after close coordination. An unrivaled competitor, Canelo tagged GGG with straight rights to GGG’s leverage. Unusually, Golovkin tried to get to the body, but Alvarez taped him with hooks and cutouts.
Golovkin didn’t fight well with his hind legs, and Alvarez supported his deadly foe throughout the night. Always honing his wicked skills, Alvarez has leveled up a lot more than before, and perhaps because of that, Golovkin has a harder time launching his lauded stab, which he uses used both as a joke and as a means to expose his famous power. Photograph.
In the fifth act of the trilogy, Golovkin seems to come to life. The boxer once called the “beast” displayed ferocity, going forward and scoring with superior strikes and respectable authority, but the dynamite wasn’t there, even though he was attacking an Alvarez tired.
Two judges score the duel 115-113; third has it 116-112. Many members of the press did not give GGG a single round. I’ve been nodding to GGG for three rounds.
After the final bell, the boxers seemed to have been washed away from their grudge. Golovkin embraces Canelo, thanks him for the fight, and says that there are no more feuds. In addition, GGG also reminded everyone that he is still the unified middleweight champion and will continue the campaign.
Canelo continues to express gratitude and affection towards his old enemy. As for the future, he is keen on a rematch with Bivol, which Canelo insists, “He must and will win. For himself, his family and Mexico. “
And who would doubt him after such a great performance tonight?