Their preliminary bout was extraordinarily shut, as was the their rematch Saturday night time. There was one distinction, nevertheless — the end result.
This time round, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez was awarded the majority decision over Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. Opinions concerning the choice had been combined.
Many had Canelo profitable, however a big contingent believed Golovkin had performed sufficient and deserved to have his hand raised. Golovkin threw extra punches, however spent a lot of the struggle backing up, which doubtless influenced the judges. Apart from, Alvarez delivered the tougher, extra telling photographs.
Regardless, Golovkin fell brief in his effort to defeat the highest-profile opponent of his profession. He additionally failed to interrupt the middleweight title protection document of 20 he shared with Bernard Hopkins. It was the primary lack of Golovkin’s profession and the setback left him feeling considerably upset.
“I’m not very upset. We had an awesome struggle right now,” Golovkin instructed the Los Angeles Instances. “I did my job. I managed the rounds. It was not my downside, it was the judges’, you understand. I really feel inside like I’m nonetheless champion.”
Instantly after the struggle, Golovkin spoke of wanting a 3rd struggle with Alvarez. The percentages, nevertheless, don’t favor a 3rd struggle occurring in early 2019 — if at all. There are a variety of stable opponents anticipating a struggle with Alvarez earlier than Golovkin will get one other shot — Daniel Jacobs, Billy Joe Saunders and Jermall Charlo, to call a couple of.
It’s very attainable that request can be granted someday, however there’s a stronger risk Alvarez will flip his consideration elsewhere for the rapid future. Particularly, if Golden Boy Promotions founder Oscar De La Hoya’s plans come to fruition.
De La Hoya and Alvarez are taking a look at returning to motion by early 2019. And the fighter who seems on the prime of their record is David Lemieux.
“A struggle with David Lemieux is feasible for December in New York,” De La Hoya mentioned through the post-fight press convention.
If Alvarez doesn’t go for a right away third struggle, the place does that go away Golovkin? He’s 36-years-old and his prime could be behind him. However he stays a participant at 160 kilos and there are guys who’d be prepared to struggle him.
Right here, Sporting Information appears at 5 potential opponents for GGG.
One identify that jumps out is former WBA [regular] middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs. Golovkin and Jacobs engaged in a really shut contest in March 2017. Golovkin received by unanimous determination on all scorecards, however there have been those that felt Jacobs did sufficient to win. The choice additionally ended the knockout streak for Golovkin at 23. It was a troublesome back-and-forth affair. And a rematch may finish in favor of Jacobs, particularly with Golovkin showing to be barely past his combating prime. However to ensure that this bout to return to fruition, Jacobs must deal with his enterprise in opposition to Sergiy Derevyanchenko at Madison Sq. Backyard on Oct. 27. They meet for the vacant IBF middleweight title, and a Jacobs victory will enhance his concentrate on Alvarez. Instantly after the Golovkin-Alvarez struggle Saturday night time, Jacobs started his pitching for a showdown in opposition to the newly topped middleweight champ.
“I’d cease Canelo, I’d knock him out,” Jacobs mentioned. “Put him in there and I’ll knock him out.”
However a rematch with Golovkin may nonetheless be a risk if Alvarez goes with one other struggle first.
If Jacobs wins the IBF championship subsequent month and turns into unavailable to Golovkin, then the door opens for hard-hitting Gary O’Sullivan. This must be a comparatively straightforward struggle to make for Golovkin, contemplating that O’Sullivan is coming off a first-round knockout loss to Lemieux within the Golovkin-Alvarez II undercard. Previous to the loss, O’Sullivan was on a six-fight win streak. He’s an honest puncher and is prepared to struggle within the pocket. A victory over O’Sullivan, particularly by knockout, would show Golovkin continues to be a menace at middleweight and isn’t previous his combating prime simply but. A loss, nevertheless, may sign it’s time to retire.
The identical holds true for a attainable showdown with Demetrius Andrade, who’s scheduled to fulfill WBO middleweight title-holder Billy Joe Saunders on Oct. 20. Andrade is not any pushover and there isn’t a assure he comes up brief in opposition to Saunders. However a loss places him or Saunders, for that matter, within the Golovkin sweepstakes. Bear in mind, shortly after Alvarez failed two drug assessments in February, Andrade publicly volunteered to fill in for Canelo and struggle GGG. So, why not make it occur?
Billy Joe Saunders
The identical would apply to Billy Joe Saunders. If he loses his WBO middleweight strap to Demetrius Andrade subsequent month, Saunders’s identify would seemingly be within the operating for a conflict with GGG.
A sleeper to face Golovkin is Kamil Szeremeta. He lacks the punching energy to maintain Golovkin at a distance, however Szeremeta is a stable boxer. He additionally lacks identify recognition, however is shortly rising within the rankings as EBU European middleweight champion. He should win impressively, nevertheless, Saturday night time in opposition to Ruben Diaz to grow to be a viable opponent for Golovkin.