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Bitter Enemies: the Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin Rivalry Recap

By Tudor Leonte  |  June 24, 2022  |  No Comments

The much-anticipated third installment in the Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin trilogy will go down on Sept. 17. The antagonism between Canelo and "GGG" is one of the most heated rivalries in the history of boxing and has already generated two unforgettable matches. Now, fans will have the chance to admire these outstanding athletes colliding for the third time at the upcoming event that will go down at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada.

Alvarez is coming off his recent loss against Dmitry Bivol in a clash that saw the WBA super light heavyweight title on the line. After twelve rounds of battle, Alvarez conceded a unanimous decision victory to his Russian opponent. It was Alvarez's first loss since competing against Floyd Mayweather in September 2013, when he tasted the sourness of a professional defeat for the first time. Since that clash, he won 15 additional fights and fought to a draw on one occasion.

Golovkin is looking to add another victory to his impressive record and vindicate the only loss he suffered in his career, the one at the hands of Alvarez. The Kazakhstani fighter is currently riding a four-bout winning streak. In his latest appearance, he stopped Ryota Murata with a ninth-round technical knockout that pleased the crowd attending the legendary Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, on April 9. That night, Golovkin retained the IBF and IBO middleweight in addition to winning the WBA super middleweight championship.

Alvarez and Golovkin first collided on Sept. 15, 2017, when Canelo put his The Ring middleweight championship on the line, whereas Golovkin his WBA, WBC, and IBF middleweight titles. In front of a roaring crowd, Canelo and "GGG" put on a show for the ages. Golovkin took the lead early, marching forward behind a pawing jab. Canelo didn't let his opponent dictate the pace and retaliated with shots to the body and lead-hand counters. The fight was close and went the distance. When it came to hearing the scorecards, the ring announcer called a split draw with 118-110, 114-114 and 113-115 nods from the ringside judges. The clash generated more than 1,300,000 PPV buys, the second-biggest success in Canelo's career, behind only his fight with Mayweather. In spite of the significant box-office result, both fighters were unsatisfied with the controversial ending and looked for an immediate rematch.

"It was a big drama show," Golovkin said after the bout. "[The scoring] is not my fault. I put pressure on him every round. Look, I still have all the belts. I am still the champion."

"There wasn't any power that surprised me," Alvarez stated. "In the first rounds, I came out to see what he had. Then I was building from there. I think I won eight rounds. I felt that I won the fight. I think I was superior in the ring. I won at least seven or eight rounds. I was able to counterpunch and made Gennady wobble at least three times. If we fight again, it's up to the people. I feel frustrated over my draw."

The rematch went down after a whole year of trash talking from both sides. In September 2018, the middleweight rivals battled in another instant classic that will stay in the history of boxing. After an action-packed, 12-round clash, Alvarez defeated the rival thanks to a majority decision that delt Golovkin the first defeat in his 12 years as a professional. Judges Dave Moretti and Steve Weisfeld scored the clash 115–113 in favor of the Mexican, while the third judge Glenn Feldman saw a 114–114 draw.

“That was a great fight,” Alvarez said after the clash. “But in the end, it was a victory for Mexico. And again, it was an opportunity. And I want to shout out to my opponent, the best in the sport of boxing. I am a great fighter, and I showed it tonight. If the people want another round, I’ll do it again. But for right now, I will enjoy time with my family.”

"I'm not going to say who won tonight, because the victory belongs to Canelo, according to the judges," Golovkin replied. "I thought it was a very good fight for the fans and very exciting. I thought I fought better than he did."

Fans will have to wait a few more months to see who will win the next battle in this iconic rivalry. The only thing sure is that fun is guaranteed.

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