The two previous bouts between Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Gennadiy Gennadyevich Golovkin (GGG) were full of thrills and controversy. The third bout has the potential to be one of the best boxing trilogies in recent years as both boxers seek bragging rights on who’s better.
Initially, Alvarez sounded jittery about facing GGG for a third time, noting, “He has nothing to offer.” But according to reports, the two boxers are looking to trade heavy punches in hopes that a third match will seal the deal. Here’s everything you need to know about
Canelo Alvarez and GGG’s two previous bouts
Canelo and Golovkin first crossed paths on September 16, 2017, in front of a sold-out crowd. After trading blows for the full 12 rounds, reports Sports Illustrated, the boxers had to settle for a split draw. GGG saw two judges score the cards in his favor at 116-112 apiece; the third judge scored in Alvarez’s favor with a 118-110 card.
Considering how close the bout was, the third card was considered inexcusable. GGG even went on record, calling the fight “a big drama show.” On the other hand, Alvarez felt he’d won the fight. “In the first round, I came out to see what he had. Then I was building from there. I think I won eight rounds,” he said.
The second fight was more impressive and even received an award for the “Fight of the Year” from Ring Magazine. Initially set for March 5, 2018, reports Forbes, the rematch had to be rescheduled after Alvarez failed two random urine tests. After Alvarez cleared his six-month suspension and reinstated his boxing license, the rematch was set for September 15, 2018.
The second bout was a nail-biter with a total of 1,501 punches thrown and 436 punches landed. When the dust settled after 12 rounds, Alvarez emerged as the winner via a majority decision. He scored 115-113 from the first two judges while the third judge scored a 114-114 draw.
What will the Alvarez vs. GGG trilogy be like?
Alvarez has agreed to terms to fight Golovkin for a third time despite claiming that GGG is coming off a fight against nobody. The bout is set for September 12, 2020, at Texas’s AT&T Stadium. However, the coronavirus pandemic makes this date a bit more uncertain.
GGG lost to Alvarez and clamored for a third mee. With the look of things, it’s bound to happen. Given the string of performances from each of the boxers, it’s imminent that a third meet will be a thriller. Both boxers are in excellent shape.
How does Alvarez compare to GGG?
Alvarez is a speed machine who releases quick fists and strong combinations when the opponent has his back against the ropes. Golovkin, on the other hand, has a more tactical, precise approach. He prioritizes timing over speed, with a pace-packed punch.
Both boxers have a stand-your-ground strategy and don’t consider movement a priority. But Golovkin has a habit of cutting off the ring and instilling panic in his opponents. Alvarez prefers to use his feet for counterpunching opportunities and reeling in his opponents.
While Alvarez has a superior ability to slip and block, he’s younger, and he has a more stellar record of the two, 38-year-old Golovkin has a killer instinct and has not missed a step. He is still durable and has the poise to take Alvarez through all the 12 rounds.