Canelo vs Golovkin – First fight
The Canelo Álvarez vs Gennady Golovkin purse paled against that of The Money Fight between Floyd Mayweather and Connor McGregor but the match did not.
While the Mayweather vs McGregor match turned out to be a circus on August 26, 2017, on September 16, Canelo and GGG returned glory to the boxing ring by delivering one of the best superfights in modern boxing history.
On the night, two of the greatest boxers of our time boxed in style, gave their all and earned every penny.
Billed as Supremacy, the purse guaranteed Canelo $5m and GGG $3m, with PPV (Pay Per View) and other earnings probably bringing it closer to $15 and $10 respectively. But in terms of real professional boxing the match was worth more than the reported $300 million Mayweather and the $100 million that McGregor took home. Canelo and GGG made the boxing world proud again.
Canelo vs Golovkin
Canelo came out strong, ruling the first 3 rounds. The 5th round was really great. GGG came back through the middle rounds but Canelo fought back over the last rounds. The 12th round probably was one of the best last rounds in boxing history.
The slightly taller GGG (5 ft 10 in / 1.79 m) was the aggressor, had Canelo (5 ft 9 in / 1.75 m) on the back foot throughout but Canelo was the mover, ducking blows and punching back with clever, sharp shots.
There were moments when Canelo also put his slightly longer reach (70 1?2 in vs 70 in – 179 cm vs 178 cm) to good use. But the powerful 35-year-old GGG often had his 27-year-old opponent on the ropes with solid combinations.
The result? Judge Dave Moretti scored the fight 115–113 for Golovkin, Adalaide Byrd scored it 118–110 for Canelo, and Don Trella scored it 114-all. A draw.
It was the first draw for the unbeaten GGG (37/0/1) and the second draw for Canelo (49/1/2) who, in 2013 as a 23-year-old in the Light Middleweight class, suffered his only loss against the experienced Floyd Mayweather (50/0/0).
Reaction to the draw
Reaction to the draw was swift and blunt. The legendary Teddy Atlas called the result “corruption in boxing” and, in the same interview, ESPN First Take commentator Stephen A Smith claimed of the judges “Something is wrong. They didn’t know what they were doing.”
Brian Campbell of CBS Sports gave his view: “But the fight very much appeared to be Golovkin’s and was fought exclusively at his pace and distance between rounds 4 and 11.”
James Brady of SB Nation put it that “Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Álvarez was a great fight marred by bad judging.”
Chris Graham and Gareth A Davies, doing live coverage for The Telegraph, came to the same conclusion: “Golovkin and Alvarez delivered. The judges didn’t.”
Triple-G is ranked as the best middleweight boxer and the second best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Canelo is considered the best active pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Tripple-G holds the unified WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, and IBO middleweight titles. Canelo wants those titles badly. There will be a rematch.
Canelo vs Golovkin highlights video
Canelo vs Golovkin hightlights courtesy of BT Sport on YouTube –
Update: Canelo vs Golovkin II
The rematch took place a year later, on September 15, 2018 with a majority decision on points going to Canelo who thereby captured the WBA (Super), WBC, The Ring and lineal middleweight titles.
The rematch also was not without controversy. 10 media outlets ruled in favor of Golovkin, 7 called it a draw and 1 scored for Canelo. But two judges scored the bout 115 – 113 in favor of Canelo and the third judge called it a draw at 114 – 114.
These were two great bouts from two of the world’s greatest boxers.