Canelo Alvarez puts a definitive end to his rivalry with Gennadiy Golovkin.
The score between Canelo Alvarez and Gennadiy Golovkin was going to be settled one way or another on Saturday night.
Alvarez put a stamp on boxing's most bitter rivalry in recent memory, dominating Golovkin from start to finish with his speed and power to win by unanimous decision (116-112, 115-113, 115-113) to remain the undisputed super middleweight champion from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. DAZN had the scores differently, with Canelo winning 117-111.
After the fight, Canelo and GGG met in the middle of the ring, ending their feud.
"I'm glad to share the ring with him," Alvarez told DAZN's Chris Mannix in his post-fight interview.
Canelo came out a man on a mission to prove he was the better of the two. His shots were more explosive, his lateral movement was quicker, and the Mexican star was beating Golovkin to the draw at every turn. The fast start made Golovkin tentative and unwilling to unleash the arsenal, which made GGG at one point, boxing's most dangerous puncher. Father time had finally come for GGG.
Alvarez was moving Golovkin back, marking up his face and taking the fight like no one had ever done in the legendary career of the reigning unified middleweight champion.
By the time GGG got going in the later rounds, it was too little, too late, and the chapter was definitively closed on the Canelo vs. GGG rivalry.
What is next for Canelo? After getting surgery on his hand, the 32-year-old wants his rematch against WBA (super) light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol if he gets past Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez on Nov. 5, which takes place on DAZN .
An exchange of lefts. A jab and a right by Canelo. An uppercut by GGG and a right by Canelo. Sharp jab by GGG. Exchange of rights. Left hook by GGG. Left to the body for Canelo. (10-9 Canelo, 117-111 Canelo)
Double jab by GGG. Five punch combination by GGG. A right hand lands for Canelo. An exchange of uppercuts. Battle of jabs. Flicking left hand by GGG. Right to the body for Canelo. GGG needs a stoppage to win. (10-9 GGG, 107-102 Canelo)
GGG is loose and unloads a combination followed by a left hook. Left to the body from Canelo. A left by GGG and a short uppercut for Canelo. Hard left to the body hurts GGG. An uppercut by GGG. A left by GGG. Left hook by GGG. Triple jab by GGG. Left cross by GGG. Where was this GGG in the first eight rounds? (10-9 GGG, 98-92 Canelo)
Double left by GGG. Canelo ripping each side of the body. Stinging uppercut by Canelo. Laser right by Canelo. A right by Canelo by a right by GGG of his own. A hard right moves Canelo against the ropes. A left by GGG. Another left by GGG. Overhand right by GGG sends Canelo back to the ropes. A right by Canelo. Great round. (10-9 GGG, 89-82 Canelo)
Right hand lands for Canelo. An exchange of left hooks. Hard left to the body for Canelo. Double left by Canelo. Double left and a right to the body. A left sends GGG back. Sharp uppercut by GGG. Stiff jab and a right hand by GGG. A right by GGG. Canelo blasts a right of his own. Exciting last 30 seconds of the round. (10-9 Canelo, 80-72 Canelo)
GGG looks to have woken up. Double left and a right hand. A left hook by Canelo. Double jab by GGG. Right to the body for Canelo. Right hand lands for Canelo. Left hand for GGG. An uppercut lands for GGG. A left for GGG, but Canelo unleashes a double right to end the round. Closest round of the fight by far, but still a Canelo round. (10-9 Canelo, 70-63 Canelo)
GGG starts the round with a jab. Exchange of jabs. A left by GGG and Canelo counters with a left of his own. Another left hook by Canelo. Redness is already starting to show on GGG's face. A stinging jab from GGG. A flurry from Alvarez punctuated by a straight right. A stinging jab from Canelo. Canelo is applying a ton of pressure.
GGG needs to find an answer and in a hurry. (10-9 Canelo, 30-27 Canelo)
GGG comes out with a couple of jabs. Canelo comes back with a left hand. Double jab from Canelo. Another jab by Canelo. Body shot from Canelo. A right moves GGG back. Overhand right connects by Canelo. A three-punch combo from GGG. (10-9 Canelo, 20-18 Canelo)
After six rounds, it is much closer than many expected. I could give the opening four rounds to Gonzalez. Rodriguez has come on in the fifth and sixth by relying on his power. Can he sustain it in the latter half of the fight?