Canelo Decisions on His Second Try, Wins World Middleweight Title

By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent

Las Vegas, NV (September 16th, 2018)– Using a vicious body punch attack which put the taller Gennady GGG Golovkin on the defensive, in a bout broadcast on HBO Pay-Per-View, Saul Canelo Alvarez won the World Middleweight title by 12 round majority decision on his second try over Gennady Golovkin, avoiding a scorecard repeat of their 12 round draw in their previous encounter.

Alvarez, 50-1-2 with 34 knockouts, Guadalajara, Mexico, returned one year later to T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, to settle the score in the same ring on Saturday evening, September 15, 2018, in the main event. Golovkin, 38-1-1 with 34 knockouts, Los Angeles, California, at age 36 1/2 to Canelo’s age 25, had to rally in the middle rounds to get back into the bout. Canelo, more often than not, found himself backing up as the counterpuncher, the opposite of the anticipated Abel Sanchez game plan.

Canelo’s options include ‘round 25’ with a third rematch with GGG, or perhaps a challenge from World Junior Middleweight champion Jaime Munguia and David Lemieux, who both won their middleweight bouts earlier on the card. Canelo, cut on the left eyebrow, and GGG, cut off the corner of the right eye, took each other’s best shots, and their chins and legs maintained balance, respectively. The bout was clean, and GGG did not allow Canelo to hold for the most part. Canelo has many more years as a box office draw. GGG may be nearing the end of the road as age 37 approaches.

Canelo, in the post fight interview, expressed his view he has the best corner in the world. GGG did not talk. Punch count aside, Canelo appeared by ring generalship to just outwork GGG to clearly win this close bout. GGG may still have a couple big money bouts left in the tank, and if a third match with Canelo is not on the immediate horizon, perhaps the winner of the vacant IBF World Middleweight title bout next month between Daniel Jacobs and Sergiy Derevyanchenko could be.

Result: Saul Alvarez Win Majority Decision 12 Gennady Golovkin, Middleweights

Alvarez Wins WBA, WBC AND IBO World Middleweight Titles

Scoring: 114-114 Draw. 115-112, 115-113 Alvarez. Referee; Benjy Esteves Jr.

Robert Brizel scored the bout 115-114 for Alvarez.

Canelo Alvarez

That was a great fight, but in the end, it was a victory for Mexico. And again, it was an opportunity, and I want to shout out to my opponent, the best in the sport of boxing. I am a great fighter, and I showed it tonight. If the people want another round, I’ll do it again. But for right now, I will enjoy time with my family.

Abel Sanchez

We had a great fight, the one we expected the first time around. I had it close going into the 12th round. We had good judges who saw it from different angles – I can’t complain about the decision, but it’s close enough to warrant a third fight. Canelo fought a great fight, congratulations.

Gennady Golovkin

I’m not going to say who won tonight, because the victory belongs to Canelo according to the judges. I thought it was a very good fight for the fans, and very exciting. I thought I fought better than he did. (When asked about a third fight) Under the right conditions, yes.

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T-Mobile Arena Las Vegas Undercard Results

Jaime Munguia TKO 3 Brandon Cook, Super Welterweights (1:03)

31-0 Tijuana Mexico World Boxing Organization World Super Welterweight champion Munguia defended his world title, dropping Cook, then finishing him along the ropes.

Roman Gonzalez KO 5 Moises Fuentes, Super Flyweights (1:44)

Former World Boxing Council World Super Flyweight champion Chocolito Gonzalez returns to the ring after a one year absence, and goes to 47-2 with 39 knockouts, knocking out Mexico City’s former WBO World Minimumweight champion Fuentes.

David Lemieux TKO 1 Gary O’Sullivan, Middleweights (2:44)

Canada’s Lemieux left hand to the chin made short work of O’Sullivan, who went face first down and out. Lemieux available for a future fight with Saul Canelo Alvarez with this win.

Vergil Ortiz Jr. TKO 2 Roberto Ortiz, Super Lightweights (1:03)

Texas 11-0 11 knockouts Ortiz National Golden Gloves runner up at 141 pounds in 2016.

Alexis Rocha Win 8 Carlos Ortiz Cervantes, Welterweights

12-0 welterweight southpaw prospect Rocha hails from Santa Ana, California.

Jaba Khositashvili Win 6 Lawrence King, Super Middleweights

Philadelphia’s 3-0 Khositashvili defeats California’s 4-0 King in rising prospects battle.

Brian Ceballo TKO 2 David Thomas, Featherweights (0:34)

5-0 David McWater prospect Thomas was 2017 U.S. Amateur champion at 152 pounds.

Eliezer Garcia Ringside Recap

The much anticipated finds its final verdict in the rematch. Once again both Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin stepped into another classic. This time the judges saw it in favor of a majority decision win in Canelo’s favor 50-1-2,34 KOs.Like the first fight both were in a very competitive close fight. The fight remained controversial, which is expected, when fighters are evenly matched.

Round 13 waited for no introductions, as Canelo Alvarez came out strong doing something he didn’t get to do in his first fight and that was pushing Triple G back. Coming into this fight, Golovkin’s team questioned if Canelo would dare to stand toe to toe. Since the first encounter, they felt Canelo ran through out the fight. Toe to toe was exactly what they got tonight. Saul Canelo Alvarez displayed one of his best performance to date. Golovkin is use to taking down his opponents with his punching power, but none of those previous 38 opponents were Canelo Alvarez.

The fight was too close to call at times, with many rounds going either way. Canelo Alvarez’s body work in the early rounds seemed to have slowed down Golovkin in certain rounds. As many were able to see some fatigue in Golovkin’s body language. Triple G manage to use his long jab to help him land his thunderous right hands. Both fighters were going tick for tack. At the end of round 12, I scored the fight 115-113 in favor of Canelo Alvarez. As Canelo was the aggressor and managed to get Golovkin to fight backwards, and fighting out of his comfort zone.

In the end Boxing fans once again win , as fans all over the world were treated to a second classic. Canelo Alvarez and Golovkin both opened the idea to a third match and the world responds yes!!

Redemption for Roman Chocolatico Gonzalez (46-2-38 KOs) as he scores a 5th round KO over Moises Fuentes (25-6-1-14KOs). David Lemieux (39-4-34 KOs) makes easy night of his opponent Gary 0’Sullivan with a first round KO. Jamie Munguia 31-0-25KOs retained his junior middleweight title as he demolished Brandon Cook (20-1-13KOs) in the third round.





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Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert is the Head Boxing Correspondent for Real Combat Media Boxing since 2013. Robert is also a photographer and ringside reporter for the RCM Tri State region which includes NJ, NY and PA. Robert conducts exclusive interviews, provides historical boxing articles and provides editorial ringside coverage of major boxing events. You can contact or follow Robert on Facebook and by email at