While containing far more action than part one of their bout, Alvarez-Golovkin part two appeared to be heading towards another stalemate for the first 11 rounds until the judges decided Canelo Alvarez did enough in round 12 to claim the victory. Scoring the match 114-114 and two cards 115-113 in favor of Alvarez, the fan favorite let out a shout of joy as his opponent Golovkin immediately made his departure from the ring, believing to have been robbed.
“I’m very excited, I’m very emotional,” said Alvarez after the match. “He’s a great fighter, but we tried to knock him out. In the end, we took this victory for Mexico. He was connecting on punches, but they were few and far between.”
Golovkin definitely has an argument refuting the majority decision, just not a resounding one. Both fighters never really allowed much separation in a literal and figurative sense during the match. Alvarez in somewhat of a surprising move chose to seek out Golovkin during the fight even though he’s known as a great counter-puncher which seemed to have Golovkin off-balance on several occasions. Golovkin however remained aggressive landing 34 more punches and throwing 257 more than Alvarez. Ultimately, Alvarez’s modified strategy to go along with him landing more power punches, in particular the 12th round was what gave him the slight edge over Golovkin.
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A third fight between the two pugilists looks very likely. Golovkin presumably will want to avenge the first loss of his career, backed by his fans and fans of the sport that feel he was robbed while the opposing side stands with results and the holder of the WBA and WBC middleweight titles. Overall the two fights have been entertaining and have displayed the technical excellence of both fighters. Alvarez embraced the idea of a part three after the match. “If the people want another fight, we’ll do it again.”.