Canelo Alvarez drives on points and wins over Gennady Golovkin to end the rivalry

Over the course of 12 rounds on Saturday night, “GGG” took on an unfortunate new meaning for Gennady Golovkin as his chances of getting “justice” in his trilogy with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez quickly dwindled, dwindled, and then lasted.

Assessing controversy marred the rivals’ first two meetings in 2017 and 2018, denying Golovkin a win if not two over Canelo, and the irony on the occasion was that the Kazakh may have finally been at the ‘right’ end at one could, had he not let it be too late to start shooting.

But making it late was the theme of this fight, which saw a top-flight Canelo at 32 against an old Golovkin at 40, and that factor gave way to a worrying hesitation in GGG, who recovered late but in truth the 116-112 didn’t was worth , 115-113, 115-113 scorecards – all of which favored Canelo.

September, the T-Mobile Arena and stunning scorecards were integral parts of this rivalry, this time only varying the division as the super middleweight middleweight enemies clashed as Canelo took his IBF, WBC, WBA and WBO titles to the court brought line.

Golovkin impressively beat Canelo five years ago, only to settle for a draw with the Mexican, who 12 months later clinched a questionable win in the closest rematches. When the gladiators returned to their coliseum for one last fight, the problem for Golovkin was that for once it didn’t look like a matter of life and death.

The middleweight champion has been so bewitchingly brutal throughout his 16-year pro career and has vowed to keep going, but his greatest strengths were absent in the first eight rounds here, as he didn’t dare open up to his mighty opponent.

Canelo was content to support the Kazakh and fire intermittent hooks to the body, feeling he didn’t need to take any chances of his own given the tepid offense that was coming his way.

Gradually, Alvarez began to draw attention to Golovkin’s head and while GGG displayed intelligent defense, it meant little when weighed against the lack of performance that saw him surrender round after round.

At least that was the perception of most and not what was reflected in the scorecards.

Golovkin eventually heeded his trainer’s calls for more volume and tenacity after the fight passed its halfway mark, but the veteran’s inquisitive jabs and corkscrew hooks could by reasonable standards have won him in the final four rounds at most.

Alvarez is expected to face Dmitry Bivol next in the light heavyweight division

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However, given the judges’ assessments, GGG will surely regret its slow start. In her opinion, a more positive approach from Golovkin could easily have sealed a tie.

But three wrongs don’t make a right. Even if Golovkin had made his own fortune by asserting himself in the ring and getting a lucky nod outside of it, there would have been the same bitter taste left after the Kazakh’s controversial loss to Canelo and his draw.

For those saddened that one of boxing’s greats emerged from this trilogy with two losses and one draw, there might at least be some odd comfort in knowing that Canelo proved little that night.

The Mexican had an opportunity to capitalize on Golovkin’s slowing speed and worrying trepidation but failed to deliver the promised knockout.

Canelo will need to be sharper if his next venture is to be a rematch with light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol, who holds the kind of legitimate victory over Alvarez that Golovkin was denied in 2017, and arguably 2018 as well.

If Canelo can level with Bivol, perhaps another fabled trilogy awaits on the face of boxing.

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