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 amazing scorecards were integral parts of this rivalry, this time only the weight class changing as the super middleweight middleweight opponents clashed and Canelo earned his IBF, WBC, WBA and WBO titles Line.

Golovkin easily beat Canelo five years ago but had to settle for a draw against the Mexican, who clinched a questionable win in the closest rematch 12 months later. 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 as he didn’t dare open himself to his opponent’s might.

Canelo was content to support the Kazakh and fire intermittent hooks to the body, feeling no need to take risks even given the tepid offensive 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 his halfway point, but the veteran’s improved offense could not have, by reasonable standards, have won him more than the final four rounds.

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