Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin: A TRILOGY AWAITS US


Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin: A TRILOGY AWAITS US

By Xavier Porter –

September 22, 2017

Brooklyn, N.Y. (Murphy’s Law, RI): What a night to remember!

Watching the fight Alvarez vs Golvkin Middleweight Championship fight, I was in the company of great men: Jimmy Burchfield, Sr. (CES President), Jimmy Burchfield, Jr., Mark Fratto (Principal and Director of Business Development, Linacre Media) and Michael Woods (of the TalkBox Podcast, and The Ring). After another successful production of FACEBOOK FIGHTNIGHTLIVE and celebrating CES BOXING’s twenty-five years of giving fight fans great fights.

As we sat inside the amazing Irish Pub Murphy’s Law, where it was shoulder-to-shoulder, jammed packed, with delicious food and hearty drinks flowing from all ends, I realized something: I was in room filled with nothing but lovers of the sport of boxing. I was and remain thankful, humbled for this opportunity and as the scorecards were being announced, I realized my personal fruition might come to pass. Could it be that the fight would be called a draw and that Alvarez vs Golovkin would become this generation’s trilogy in the sense of Gatti vs Ward?

At first glance, I scored the fight 115-113 for Golovkin. I was not alone in my decision. In fact, predominantly everyone in attendance felt the same way. I had foreseen this vision time and time again and when the first scorecard was read aloud, of course, just like every person who has watched the fight since and after, I immediately became angered.

118-110 (Alvarez), 115-113 (Golovkin), 114-114 (even)

Baffled? Confused? Thankful? These are all the feelings that I’ve felt since watching the MEGA MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHT between Gennady Golovkin against Saul “Canelo” Alavarez. As a fan and lover of the sport of boxing, it is hard to describe the feeling that I felt when the scorecards were read. But in all honestly, in the words of the MMA star Nate Diaz “I’M NOT SURPRISED MTFS!”

As I watched both men trade bombs throughout this huge affair, I became in awe of a fight that displayed nonstop, toe-to-toe action from two of the best fighters in this generation. As Golovkin stalked, pressed forward, and threw a ton of headshots, you cannot take away from the slick head movement, bravado, and speed that Alvarez showcased, as each man landed thudding shots against one another.

After the first scorecard was read, I immediately yelled out: “IT’S A DRAW!” You must understand something here: it was so loud and jam-packed on fight night that you had to lean in close to someone’s ear for them to hear you speak. But when the fight card was being read, the quietness of the room was nerve racking. As the great Michael Buffer read the remaining scorecards, I knew then that the rollercoaster ride of Undisputed Middleweight Champion is far from over.


Let’s be clear and let’s be honest: there is no way that Gennady Golovkin, the WBC, WBA (SUPER), IBF, IBO Middleweight Champion (37-0-1, 33 KOs) only won two rounds against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, the RING Middleweight Champion (49-1-2, 34 KOs). This is not a knock against Alvarez but the truth is that both men fought such a phenomenal fight that it was hard to pick a winner, thus the fight being called a draw. Golovkin landed a mere four punches to the body to his opponent.

That outstanding factor must have played into the judge’s mind as Alvarez went to the body of his opponent, ripping combinations off the ropes, landing both the head and body of Golovkin. As a fan of boxing and both men, I could not fathom why Golovkin was so focused on head-hunting he young Mexican fighter. If this was Golovkin’s attempt to show the world that his style of fighting was “Mexican-style” I would have to beg to differ.

In previous fights, he has shown great tactical skill in landing both the right and left hand to body of his opponents but in this fight, he showed none of that. He seemed possessed to knockout Alvarez with powerful blows to head, in which Alvarez took as many as he could and often slipped punches while darting away.

Now the middleweight division, in my opinion, is open to all current and former champions, mainly for Daniel Jacobs (32-2, 29 KOs, former WBA Middleweight Champion); Jermall Charlo (26-0, 20 KOs, former IBF Super Welterweight Champion), and Billy Joe Saunders (25-0, 12 KOs, current WBO Middleweight Champion).


Before a middleweight tournament is made, the trilogy of Golvkin vs Alvarez must take place and then the champion/winner will sit amongst the greatest in history, awaiting his next challenge.

Expect an HBO REBROADCAST of this controversial coming soon. Until then, enjoy the what has happened and what will be discussed until both men enter the ring again, hopefully against each other to pick up where they left off at.