By Xavier Porter | Brooklyn, NY | September 17, 2018
Yes, those famous and iconic words spoken by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the first Terminator movie has had a lasting effect throughout the years. With the movie and its other installments selling out venues across the world, so too has the battle between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin for middleweight supremacy.
However, it wasn’t Schwarzenegger who spoke these words on Saturday night. Rather, it was Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs) who tasted defeat for the first time in his professional career after being served a healthy plate of right hands, left hooks, and power punches by the younger, quicker, and quite possibly stronger puncher Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs). Canelo, with the scores of 114-114, 115-113 (2x), clearly dominated Golovkin.
Or did he really?
With the win, Canelo was awarded the International Boxing Organization World Middleweight Title, World Boxing Association Super World Middleweight Title, and World Boxing Council World Middleweight Title. This is a huge accomplishment to say the least.
At this point in each fighter’s respective careers, there are definitive answers as to the questions regarding the contrasting fighting styles of both Alvarez and Golovkin. That subject matter was highlighted in a pre-fight analysis written by featured writer Greg Cirillo of The Notorious Boxing Club.
Cirillo, a former amateur boxer, who truly understands the sweet science of boxing, is respected and recognized as one of NYC’s best strength and conditioning coaches (#thesecretweapon).
In Cirillo’s pre-fight analysis, he broke down exactly how the rematch between these two combatants would play out.
Cirillo’s pre-fight analysis was so detailed and accurate that it begs the question: how or what can Golovkin do differently in a proposed third fight with Canelo?
At this point, I am unsure. Canelo gave GGG everything he wanted/needed to win their rematch bout:
- He stood in front of him (all night by the way)
- He traded with him (all night by the way)
- He slipped several of his power punches (all night by the way)
I am still in disbelief at the fact that GGG failed to go to the body with vicious intent as he’s done so and displayed during previous fights. He made a living at dominating opponents with body shots that would stop his opponents punch output.
I would have liked to see GGG corner and cut off Canelo, in mid-swing, taking his best punch, to land thudding blows (vicious I might add). In actuality, he took unnecessary punches from Canelo.
Is that a credit to Alvarez’s phenomenal footwork and punching power?
Yes and no.
From watching both fights (1st and 2nd, several times over) I have to wonder if “Father Time” is catching up to one of the best fighters we’ve seen in recent years.
Golovkin, at thirty-six years old, has faced several strong and tough opponents in his career:
He went to war with former WBA World Champion Daniel Jacobs; had a hard battle with Philly’s middleweight title contender Gabriel Rosado; a tough fight against former IBF Middleweight Champion David Lemieux; and back and forth firefight with middleweight title contender Curtis Stevens.
He defeated each of these men, but he also paid a heavy price to secure his victories.
At this point each, in each fighter’s career, there are definitive answers between the contrasting styles of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. Times like this, you have to love the sport of boxing. Times like this you have to ask question:
What will take place in the event that a third fight is made? Was there first fight a good fight?
Was their second fight better than their first?
Yes. In fact, it showed and gave fight fans an inclination towards a possible third bout ($$$)
Will there be a trilogy?
If I was a gambler, I’d put my house on the line for the bet and double down on the bet, in the event that Canelo scores not only a knockdown, but also a classic knockout to finish the series.
Saturday night’s fight championship rematch fight between Alvarez and Golovkin has taught me one thing:
The T-Mobile Arena, in Las Vegas, is a major venue that sells out tickets each and every time there’s a mega championship fight taking place. It’s a prestigious west coast venue that attracts and draws out boatloads of money and celebrities.
With negotiations of a third fight already taking place, I wonder if the fight between these two warriors will playout as big as the previous two fights have achieved.
“I’LL BE BACK.”