Canelo Alvarez blows Gennadiy Golovkin even though judges blow him again

Canelo Alvarez blows Gennadiy Golovkin even though judges blow him again

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - SEPTEMBER 17: Canelo Alvarez (red and white trunks) stands after besting Gennadiy Golovkin (blue and gold robe) to retain his Super Middleweight Title at T-Mobile Arena on 17 September, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

Canelo Alvarez topped the scorecards to remain the undisputed super middleweight champion on Saturday. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS – Thankfully, Saturday was the end of the Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennadiy Golovkin rivalry, as the judges just can’t seem to get it right when those two are in the ring.

Alvarez scored a one-sided victory over Golovkin in their rubber match at T-Mobile Arena, winning a unanimous decision to retain his undisputed middleweight championship.

Alvarez won a reasonable 10 rounds and you could give him 11 rounds or even the full 12 rounds. Golovkin lacked the fire that characterized his Hall of Fame career. He threw a few punches, Alvarez was never in trouble and never seemed to be able to drop his weapons.

However, Steve Weisfeld and David Sutherland had it 115-113 for Alvarez, meaning that if Golovkin had won one more round on Saturday it would have been a rematch. And anyone who saw that fight knows it wasn’t there. Those scores are extremely bad, almost as bad as Adelaide Byrd’s 118-110 card in favor of Canelo from 2017.

Dave Moretti, one of the best judges ever, had it 116-112, which was too close but at least he wasn’t one round away from a final.

The rise was evident with animation as were the two trading jokes. Alvarez repeatedly said he was going to take the win because he didn’t care how Golovkin talked about him. And Alvarez was indeed firing fastballs at Golovkin from the start, looking for the kill shot.

It never came, but he beat up Golovkin well and the scores made it look like a cliffhanger. It was a cliffhanger in the same way that the 1940 NFL championship game was a cliffhanger when the Bears beat the Redskins, 73-0.

Golovkin was never in that fight and never gave Alvarez trouble. But after that, he was happy with his game plan.

“Strategy,” he said of his, ahem, comeback. “Second half, I don’t feel bad. It’s a good fight.”

Golovkin is one of the real good guys in boxing, but I’m sorry. It was not a good fight. You got more than your money’s worth if you bought the 2017 and 2018 rounds in between, but you gave a lot of that back on Saturday. It wasn’t competitive, there wasn’t much exhaustion and there wasn’t a hint of drama.

But the judges … man.

There are sometimes awfully bad scores in this sport and the cards of Weisfeld and Sutherland, in particular, enter that realm of ignorance.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - SEPTEMBER 17: (CD) Canelo Alvarez and Gennadiy Golovkin hug in the ring as referee Russell Mora watches the final round of their heavyweight title fight at T-Mobile Arena on September 17, 2022 in Las Vegas. Nevada.  Alvarez retained his titles with a unanimous decision victory.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Canelo Alvarez and Gennadiy Golovkin hug in the ring as referee Russell Mora watches the final round of their heavyweight title fight at T-Mobile Arena on September 17, 2022 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The sad part is, it took away from what Alvarez achieved. He said he hurt his left hand badly during the fight but it was hard to tell during the bout.

When he finished, they got in and talked for a long time in the middle of the ring. After DAZN concluded his interviews with them, they shook hands and embraced again. It was good to see that top level athletes could put the beef behind them and move on. As Golovkin said several times before the fight, they are professional athletes. Alvarez was brutal after the bout, making it look like he was struggling to pull out the win when in fact he was.

“Thank you very much my friend, thank you Golovkin, thank you for everything,” Alvarez said. “We gave the fans three good fights. Thank you for everything. Thank you very much for your support. I have gone through very difficult things in my life. All you can do is keep moving forward. I have gone through difficult times with my virtue. But wins can show how you can be great, how you can come back and show humility.”

Amazingly, Golovkin went the last three rounds on Weisfeld’s card and won four of the last five on Sutherland’s. That was a mystery to the vocal crowd and anyone who didn’t pay much attention to what was going on in the ring.

“It didn’t surprise me,” Alvarez said of Golovkin’s late rally. “I know him… He’s a strong fighter. As for me I am happy to share the ring with him. He’s a really good fighter. I’m glad to be part of that kind of fight.”

Alvarez said Golovkin’s skill kept him from achieving his promise. He moved to 58-2-2 and it was one of the most satisfying wins of his career. He was firing huge shots at Golovkin all over the world, but Golovkin has a really great chin and uses it well. Canelo knew early on that it would be difficult to get rid of his rival as he promised.

“The first round, [I knew it would be hard],” Alvarez said he hoped to win. “I knew it’s tough. He is a tough fighter. I need surgery. My left hand is not good. But I’m good. I am a hero. That’s why I’m here. I can’t hold a glass. It is bad. But I’m a hero.”

Over his career and more than three fights with Golovkin, he proved that.

And that’s not meant to diminish Golovkin’s career, because he’s one of the best to ever do it and should be elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame when he becomes eligible . But he didn’t win Saturday’s bout and it wasn’t even close.

The judges gave him a gift. They made him look closer than he was. They made it look blown up like a barn. Fortunately, the right man won.

That wasn’t always the case in this series.

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