By: Coach K
September 15th, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada: In the main event of a Golden Boy promoted canelo / Golovkin “Final Judgement” rematch LIVE on HBO PPV Guadalajara, Mexico’s, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez claimed the IBO/WBA/WBC World Middleweight Titles with a highly provocative “The Song Remains the Same” twelve round majority decision over LA based previously unbeaten Kazakhstani Gennady “GGG” Golovkin.
Following bogus the scoring of the first fight, two positive ped tests and a slap on the wrist 6-month suspension and a hype filled year of unaccountability the 28-year-old former WBC / WBA Light and WBC / WBO Light Middleweight Champion Alvarez alive on a contentious 118-110 score card by Las Vegas Judge Adalaide Byrd appearing to be fighting a pundit called fight plan once again gained the call of many very closely contest rounds in which Golovkin throwing and landing more punches finishing hard where Golovkin’s consistent jab and final three round power punching push rocking Canelo in the tenth, hammering him with jabs, and bilateral power shots in the eleventh.
Gololvkin opened up cracking Canelo’s head back a solid right hand in the twelfth and final round.
Canelo again caught coming forward takes an Golovkin uppercut with the champion landing another clean one to close and take the round.
Yes, Alvarez answered the pundits calls for a sustained body attack but it was GGG who closed hard clearly winning the final three rounds. What better way to end a performance-enhancing drug scandal than with another controversial serving decision.
No question both fights were great and this one stepped up but one fighter pleasing the presses insights or mandates does not make a legitimate pro sports scoring. Sure, it was a fantastic fight but boxing again in its unique decades old manner staying with the status quo rewarding the “Golden Goose” along with its out of control weigh-ins may have just used attractive and fan pleasing to moved one step closer to the WWE. Yes, the WWE where familiar names are matched to create gates and the almighty dollar controls the day.
Always one to stay grounded and reading reports like USA Today’s 115-113 Golovkin Last 3 rounds for Golovkin, ESPN’s 114-114 draw giving Alvarez last round, Forbes 115-113 for GGG with the last three rounds for Golovkin. CBS Sports had it 116-112 Golovkin- last three rounds GGG. MMA Fighting scored it 114 -114 Alvarez giving last round to Alvarez, Bad Left Hook saw it 114-114 giving the last round Canelo. SB Nation having Golovkin the victor winning last three rounds. Then there is Bloody Elbow scoring it 115-113 for Golovkin with GGG winning the last round. The Washington Post marked it 115-113 for GGG with Golovkin winning last three rounds. ESPN.com had it 115-113 for Canelo despite giving last three rounds to Golovkin while ESPN’s own Dan Raphael had it 114-114 with Golovkin winning the last round. Here at SBB we could go on but I will leave it with WBN scoring it 115-113 in favor of GGG only to see Avon, Connecticut, Judge Glenn Feldman giving last four rounds to GGG score it 114-114. River Vale, New Jersey, Judge Steve Weisfeld scoring it 115-113 for Canelo following the Canelo trend had the last round for Alvarez. But not last but not least NEVADA Judge Dave Moretti, yes Moretti from the first fight gave last round to Canelo and had it 115-113 for Alvarez. Maybe I am just a simpleton but after the first sham controversial decision in which Nevada state judge Adalaide Byrd, absurdly scored it 118-110 for Canelo why not three totally different judges?
Canelo moves to 50-1-2, 34Ko’s while the completely discouraged Golovkin suffering his first loss slips 38-1-1, 34Ko’s
In a mutual showing of respect Golovkin and Alvarez immediately hugged after the fight and GGG’s leaving the ring right after just means that the 345-5, Olympic Silver Medalist and previously unbeaten champion respects the combatant but again feels cheated and has obviously lost some respect for the sport, he once loved.
Then when pondering why Golovkin was basically forced to accept a 65-35 split for their first fight and a 55-45 cut after most thought he won the first one I guess you could say GGG should have known what he needed to do. But at this time, unaware of any rule changes it seems to me politics and “Golden Goose” status count much more in today’s new WWE styled popularity scoring system. Yes, it was a close fight. Exactly like the first one. Strange thing though standing in front of a mirror right I can honestly say I think GGG’s jab won this fight 115-113 and my fear the sport is that it has found itself in a WWE era where even “The Greatest” Muhammad Ali’s jab may have won him a fight.
Just a shaded bi-product of this provocative call but the Alvarez win leaves Golden Boy Promotions promoter Bernard Hopkins tied with Golovkin for the middleweight record of 20 successful title bouts.
Oh yeah, I’m sure Alvarez who hasn’t lost since dropping a split decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr.in 2013 will be open to a third fight, a “Final Judgement” follow up next year when Golovkin turns 37.
In the co-feature Tijuana, Baja Mexico’s 21-year-old power punching Jaime Munguia made the second successful defense of his WBO World Super Welterweight Title breaking down Ajax, Ontario, Canada’s once beaten “Bad Boy” Brandon Cook in three rounds.
Fighting for the fifth time in 2018, the much taller, stronger Munguia controlling all aspects of the bout quickly turned Cook’s aggressive third round on itself landing clean heavy shots on the game Canadian landing a heavy barrage of shots continuing to the canvas immediately prompting referee Tony Weeks to put a stop to the bout at 1:03 of round three. Munguia improves to 31-0, 26Ko’s while Cook stopped for just the second time falls to 20-2, 13Ko’s.
In a twelve round middleweight elimination bout which should highlight to return to same day weigh-ins Montreal, Quebec, Canada former IBF Middleweight Champion David Lemieux ended weeks of trash talk blasting out Cork, Ireland’s, Gary O’Sullivan in one round.
The former Golovkin victim Lemieux coming in one victory off a World Boxing Organization World Middleweight Title twelve round unanimous decision loss to Billy Joe Saunders the much bigger, power punching Lemieux lets his hands do the talking dropping “Spike” with a huge left hook forcing referee Russell Mora to stop his count and call the bout at 2:44 of round one. Lemieux with his 15lb fight night weight advantage moves to 40-4, 34Ko’s while the game but “Spike” drops to 28-3, 20Ko’s.
In a special attraction ten round super flyweight bout Managua, Nicaragua former WBA Minimumweight, WBA Light Flyweight, WBC Flyweight and Super Flyweight Champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez came crashing back from consecutive losses to ferociously stop Mexico City, Mexico’s former WBO Minimumweight Champion Moises “Moy” Fuentes in five rounds.
Following a first round shake down Gonzalez opened up the pressure punching and landing from both sides landing to the body and head opening a cut around Fuentes’ right eye in round two.
Staying with his patented offense mined attack Gonzalez put Fuentes on his back foot working him t o the ropes in round five following up a set up left hook with a monster right hand dropping Fuentes on his back forcing to immediately wave the bout over at 1:44 of round five. Gonzalez moves to 47-2, 39Ko’s while Fuentes 1-4 in his last five bouts falls to 25-6-1, 14Ko’s
Dallas, Texas 20-year-old amateur standout and heavy handed pro super lightweight Vergil Ortiz Jr, remained perfect banging out Zaragoza, Mexico veteran Roberto “Massa” Ortiz in two rounds. Vergil Ortiz Jr. catching “Massa” with a loaded right early in round two was quick to demonstrate his finishing touch immediately going back on the attack putting “Massa” for on a knee a forcing referee Vic Drackulich to step in and stop the fight at 1:03 of round two. Vergil Ortiz Jr improves to 11-0, 11Ko’s while “Massa” Roberto Ortiz winless in his last four falls to 35-4-2, 26Ko’s.
In an eight-round battle of southpaw welterweights Santa Anna, California’s 21-year-old Alexis “Lex” Rocha scored a unanimous decision win over Zaragoza, Mexico’s 34-year-old Carlos Ortiz Cervantes.
The sharper quicker punching Rocha used some clean combination punching to grab an early lead, opening a cut over Cervantes right eye mixing in a solid body attack earning a well-deserved 79-73, 80-72 times two unanimous decision win. Rocha stays unbeaten at 12-0, 8Ko’s while Cervantes suffering his second straight defeat dips to 11-3, 11Ko’s.
In a battle of unbeaten super middleweight’s Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, based Georgian Jaba Khositashvili scored six round points win over San Bernardino, California’s 21-year-old, southpaw, Lawrence “Dawg” King. The 28-year-old, Georgian zeroing his right hand early landing the cleaner harder punches stayed on the attack to score a more convincing than scored 58-56 times three unanimous decision win. Khositashvili advances to 4-0, 2Ko’s while King suffering his first loss slips to 4-1, 3Ko’s.
In six round welterweight action New York’s Brian Ceballo remained unbeaten stopping Orange, Texas, David “Terminator” Thomas in two rounds. Ceballo the much more skilled fighter in charge from the opening sound flooring the “Terminator” twice in round one continued the punishment in round two exhorting referee Jay Nady to stop the punishment at 0:34 of round two. Ceballo improves to 5-0, 2Ko’s as Thomas winless in his last four drops to 6-4-1, 2Ko’s.