POSTFIGHT: And the judges have it 114-114, 115-113, 115-113 for Canelo Alvarez. Alvarez by majority decision.
According to Compubox, Golovkin threw and landed more punches, though Alvarez was more accurate with his shots, and Alvarez threw and landed more power punches.
Alvarez said Golovkin is a great opponent and a great rival. As far as given Golovkin another fight, he said if the people want to see it again, he’ll give it to him again. “We’ll do it again, no doubt,” Alvarez said.
Disappointingly, Golovkin leaves the ring before HBO can interview him.
12th round: Golovkin being ultra aggressive with his jabs and throwing right hands. Huge uppercut by Golovkin, but he takes it OK. He’s also making Alvaerz missed. Golovkin slips while trying to throw a punch. No knockdown, of course. Two big punches for Golovkin. Alvarez lands a jab. I think Golovkin is getting the better of Alvarez in this round, though Alvarez is also landing. Alvarez trying to rally with 30 seconds to go, and now, Golovkin is bleeding from the right eye. Big uppercut by Golovkin turns Alvarez’s head. And they embrace in the center of the ring. Great fight. Fight of the year candidate. Forbes scores it for Golovkin.
11th round: Golovkin slips a jab and lands a right on Alvarez. Another big right by Golovkin, and he’s landing hard shots on Alvarez, who is having a hard time weathering this storm. Alvarez does look a little arm weary when he throws. Golovkin is throwing the harder shots. A left hand by Golovkin, but Alvarez is landing his shots too. Forbes scores it for Golovkin.
Overall: Golovkin 106-103
10th round: A bunch of media members at ringside have Alvarez up two or three points. HBO has Golovkin up 87-84. A tough fight to score. And Alvarez is beginning to open up on Golovkin. Big right by Golovkin. Huge right by Golovkin that stops Alvarez. He might be hurt. Big left by Golovkin. Alvarez is still punching. And now he’s landing. A right by Golovkin goes around Alvarez’s guard. Golovkin landed his best punches in this round. But Alvarez is still there. Forbes scores it for Golovkin.
Overall: Golovkin 96-94
Ninth round: Big right by Golovkin, but Alvarez lands a bunch of body shots in return. Golovkin is still working that jab, and he lands a right. A three-punch combo for Golovkin, and the third punch finally lands. Straight right by Alvarez, and they start trading. Huge left by Golovkin, but Alvarez took it OK. Alvarez’s left eye is bleeding. Forbes scores it for Golovkin.
Overall: Golovkin 86-85
Eighth round: Abel Sanchez tells Golovkin between rounds that he’s losing the fight. I wonder if that makes Golovkin more aggressive. But Alvarez lands a right to the head and a left to the body. Two more lefts to the head for Alvarez. Golovkin lands a sneaky right. It looks like Alvarez’s body work is beginning to have an effect on Golovkin. Tough round to score, but Alvarez did more damage, especially to the body. Forbes scores it for Alvarez.
Seventh round: These guys are exchanging plenty of uppercuts. Alvarez lands a left. Right by Alvarez lands. This is more of a tactical round, and with 40 seconds to go, it’s still up for grabs. Golovkin throws a combo and goes back to his jab. Big uppercut to close the round for Golovkin. Forbes scores it for Golovkin.
Sixth round: These guys are fighting on such even terms, it’s kind of hard to score these rounds. Right to the head lands for Golovkin. Big left for Alvarez, and he follows it with a right. It is strange to see Alvarez going after Golovkin and Golovkin having to fight off his back foot. Feels like Alvarez is changing the momentum. Forbes scores it for Alvarez.
Fifth round: Golovkin’s jab turns Alvarez’s head. He’s also making Alvarez miss a little bit. Alvarez did land an uppercut. Golovkin is actually doing more of the moving than Alvarez. Golovkin looked slooooow in missing that left hook. Alvarez is landing that jab, and Golovkin looks a little tired. Alvarez ducks a Golovkin combo and he hits Golovkin to the body. Forbes scores it for Alvarez.
Overall: Golovkin 48-47
Fourth round: Alvarez still looks very dangerous, and at the end of the round, you could see Golovkin breathing pretty heavy through his mouth. Jab, left hook, jab combo for Golovkin. They both land left hands at the same time. Golovkin is certainly busier, especially with that jab. Now, they’re really upping their output. Big uppercut for Golovkin. This is a pretty fun fight so far. Left hook to the body for Golovkin. Huge left hook to the body for Alvarez. Forbes scores it for Golovkin.
Overall: Golovkin 39-37
Third round: Between rounds, Abel Sanchez told Golovkin to stop giving Alvarez so much respect. At some point, you have to feel like Golovkin will have to really open up. Short little left from Alvarez, and then he tries like three uppercuts (he missed them all, it appears). Both guys showing good defense here. Nothing much of consequence has landed this round. Golovkin lands a nice left hook. He’s also still jabbing. Forbes scores it for Golovkin.
Overall: Golovkin 29-28
Second round: Golovkin tries to land an uppercut amid all the jabbing. Alvarez fires a right to Golovkin’s hip and then follows it with a hard hook to Golovkin’s chin. Then, a lead uppercut for Alvarez. He makes Golovkin miss, and then Alvarez lands another. Even Alvarez’s jab is better than Golovkin’s this round. Golovkin’s face, meanwhile, is beginning to swell. Golovkin fires a combination, some of which land. He then lands two left hooks. Forbes scores it for Alvarez.
First round: Golovkin, as expected, starts jabbing. Alvarez lands a body shot, and he fires off a jab of his own. Alvarez isn’t moving much. They’re standing in front of each other and occasionally jabbing. Golovkin has blocked a few of Alvarez’s shots, and he’s landing his jab more consistently. Forbes scores it for Golovkin.
Overall: Golovkin 10-9
Canelo Alvarez ringwalk: Alvarez—who is the last to walk but the first to be introduced to the crowd—is getting plenty of cheers as he enters the arena. He’s shaking out his fists, opening and closing his jaw, looking at the ground. He looks pretty matter-of-fact as he works his way to the ring.
Gennady Golovkin ringwalk: After about seven hours between the undercard and the ringwalks, it’s time to get going. Like usual, Golovkin has his hand draped over trainer Abel Sanchez’s shoulder. He’s not smiling. He looks serious, and now he begins a slow, slow jog. I would imagine he’s more than ready.
Jaime Munguia (31-0, 26 KOs) TKO 3 over Brandon Cook (20-2): Showing off his immense power, the 21-year-old Munguia dominated Cook, knocking him down once before ref Tony Weeks stopped the fight. Though this was the least interesting match on the undercard, there was a good reason we saw Munguia in this co-feature spot. It’s because HBO is high on the hard-punching middleweight. Munguia could be a future opponent for Alvarez or Golovkin, and he could be the next star for the network. After the domination of Cook, there’s a good reason for so much optimism about Munguia. And this tweet pretty much says it all.
Jaime Munguia is a little bit terrifying at times, isn’t he?
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) September 16, 2018
David Lemieux (40-4, 34 KOs) KO 1 over Spike O’Sullivan (28-3): This was complete domination by Lemieux, who smacked O’Sullivan with a hard left hook that put him on the canvas. The ref then stopped the fight before O’Sullivan could get up. The big talk on HBO before the fight was that Lemieux entered the ring at 179 pounds, 19 pounds over the 160-pound middleweight limit (which he made at the weigh-in). Meanwhile, O’Sullivan was 164 pounds, so he’s effectively outweighed by 15 pounds. “I’m a heavy middleweight,” Lemieux said afterward. No matter what, though, O’Sullivan is sporting the best facial hair in the sport.
Why yes, David Lemieux still has a little power. pic.twitter.com/Q4g8jtAE6p
— Josh Katzowitz (@joshkatzowitz) September 16, 2018
Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (47-2, 39 KOs) KO 5 over Moises Fuentes (25-6-1, 14 KOs): Nearly two years to the date Gonzalez last scored a victory, he delivered a devastating right to knock out Fuentes in the fifth. After Gonzalez beat Carlos Cuadras in September 2016, Gonzalez, the former No. 1 pound for pound fighter, lost back-to-back fights to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, including a nasty knockout defeat. Though Gonzalez got off to a slow start, further asking the question whether he still should be fighting, he performed better and better as the rounds went by. Then, he landed that huge right hand. But boy, that arena looked absolutely empty for this fight. If it was me and I was buying an expensive ticket for this event, I’d be getting there early to watch a former great and a future Hall of Famer, even if we’re unsure he has anything left.
Mama…..just killed a man pic.twitter.com/ZvPmA0TvU1
— DICK HERCULES (@RatCatcherMpls) September 16, 2018
those odds have narrowed
For most of August, Golovkin was -160 and Alvarez was +130, but by the end of the month and for the next few weeks after that, Golvokin held steady at -155 and Alvarez at +125. But some of the late money has come in on Golovkin, who, as of this writing, was back to -160, meaning you’d have to bet $160 to win $100. Alvarez, meanwhile, was +130 again, which means you’d earn $130 off a $100 wager.
Here are the rest of the PPV odds, via Bovada.
Jaime Munguia -5000 vs. Brandon Cook +1600
David Lemieux -190 vs. Spike O’Sullivan +155
Chocolatito -1100, Moises Fuentes +650
A couple days ago, Gonzales was -1600, so the late money has come in significantly on Fuentes.
By the way, here’s the best way to bet the fight, according to Forbes’ Peter Kahn.
Purses: Both fighters are guaranteed a $5 million payday, according to ESPN. It’s the exact same amount Alvarez was guaranteed for their first matchup. Golovkin earned a guarantee of $3 million, but both made plenty more off the ticket revenue and PPV sales. Alvarez ended up with around $50 million, while Golovkin earned about $20 million.
That contract called for Alvarez to make 70% of the purse. But for this fight, after months of negotiation, the purse split was raised in Golovkin’s favor. Now, Alvarez will make 55%, and Golovkin will make the remaining 45%.
Here are the purses for the rest of the PPV card fighters:
Jaime Munguia: $250,000
Brandon Cook: $30,000
David Lemieux: $200,000
Spike O’Sullivan: $400,000
Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez: $200,000
Moises Fuentes: $35,000
How to stream the fight: If you live in the U.S., you can livestream the fight on RingTV.com website, beginning at 8 p.m. ET. Like the regular PPV, it will cost you $84.95 to watch it in HD.
According to RingTV, “We support most devices and operating systems: Microsoft® Windows®, Apple® Mac® or Linux OS with Adobe® Flash® or tablets including Google® Android™ devices and Apple® iPad® or iPhone® devices will work. We are streaming a lower bitrate feed that works over most 3G and 4G services.”
However, there will be no replay on the site.
After a year of anticipation, Canelo Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin step back into the ring to face each other in a rematch from their disputed draw from 2017. Both have plenty at stake, and boxers are split at predicting who will win the fight and why.
It’s for Alvarez’s redemption after he failed two drug tests and scuttled the first date of the rematch, costing both fighters tens of millions of dollars. It’s for Golovkin to, once again, try to score the career-defining victory for which he’s always yearned. It’s to determine, once and for all, who’s the best middleweight in the world.
“What a long and winding road we took to get here today for this historic rematch,” Tom Loeffler, Golovkin’s promoter, said. “Luckily for the fans and the sport of boxing, with one concession, we were able to get this fight done. You have to give both these fighters credit. A lot of people were demanding to see this rematch and here we are. This transcends the sport of boxing and sports in general.”
And Forbes will be here all night, giving our round-by-round thoughts, explanations and unofficial scoring.
While you wait for the fights to begin, here’s more Alvarez-Golovkin content from Forbes: