Canelo vs. GGG RESULTS: Alvarez retains his title in trilogy’s final chapter by a unanimous decision
With a decisive victory, Canelo Alvarez completed his trilogy against Gennadiy Golovkin.
In a 12-round fight on Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Canelo (58-2-2, 39 KOs) prevailed by majority decision against Golovkin (42-2-1, 37 KOs) despite Golovkin's late charge. The judges gave Canelo victories by scores of 116-112, 115-113, and 115-113, despite the fact that Canelo appeared to be in charge of the fight for most of the battle.
With the victory, Canelo solidified his position as the undisputed super middleweight champion as the current holder of the WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, and The Ring championships.
Canelo and "GGG" have met twice previously, with the results of those fights being hotly debated. On September 16, 2017, Canelo and Golovkin were able to draw a split decision. A year later, Canelo defeated Golovkin by a majority decision. Fans and peers reacted differently to both results.
After the bout, in his post-fight interview, Canelo congratulated Golovkin for their three battles together.
“We gave the fans three good fights,” Canelo said. “Thank you for everything.”
Canelo owned the opening half of the fight, staying and moving against a hesitant Golovkin while controlling the action. With the exception of the occasional jab, Golovkin struggled to generate any substantial offense in the first rounds. Canelo scored points by consistently using his body and landing strong uppercuts.
Later, Golovkin began to show signs of life, increasing his output and even occasionally putting Canelo at a disadvantage. Canelo was still constantly outworking Golovkin, though, and it looked like he would win by a significant margin on the scorecard. However, the fight ended up being closer than some would have anticipated.
With the victory, Canelo overcame his May setback to Dmitry Bivol in the WBA light heavyweight title battle. When asked if he wanted to fight Bivol again, Canelo said that he did, but noted that he needed time to recover and take care of a left-hand injury. Gilberto Ramirez will be Bivol's opponent as he defends his championship on November 5.
In his post-fight interview, Golovkin displayed the same graciousness.
“Everybody knows this is high-level class for boxing,” Golovkin said. “Everybody knows this is Canelo. You miss one punch, he can finish the fight. Look at his face, look at my face. We trained well and this shows that we did a very good fight as a result of it.”
“Today, Canelo is better,” Golovkin added before he and Canelo shook hands and embraced.