There’s no surprise that the first round was a case of both boxing feeling each other out. GGG was mainly on the offensive, which is what we expected to see. The second round saw Canelo attack a little more aggressively, and he landed a couple of quick combo’s which gave him the round. We know both boxers are lightning quick and Canelo‘s left hook is lethal. At this stage we felt each boxer had a round each.
More of the same from Canelo in third but GGG landed a good head shot which may have edged him for the judges. For us, GGG was throwing more but not landing as many. As we know from experience, that doesn’t win you points. We’ve actually got the official statistics which we’ve posted below.
It’s when we get to the later stages of the fight which we see GGG really push. Canelo, however, had counters throughout the entire fight and always seemed to absorb GGG‘s attacks. He was always positioned well and despite the crowd eagerly awaiting a GGG onslaught, Canelo was clever and patience with his response. Throughout the entire fight the pace was good, and both boxers really worked hard. When it came down to the decision, the three judges edged Canelo (115 vs 113 x 2) (114 x 114) which was probably a fair result overall. Our initial prediction was a GGG win on points, but Canelo has handed GGG his first professional loss.
What happens next for both boxers? Golovkin is now 36 years old and the main fanbase feel a sense of unjust that he didn’t manage to walk away with a win, and retain is undefeated record. It’s certainly not the end, but whether we’re looking at a GGG vs Canelo 3 is up in the air. It’s what the fans want but it will have to happen fairly soon. Canelo on the other hand is 28 years old and is probably able to be booked for any bout he wants. He’s already beaten Chavez and Amir Khan, and both would probably fancy a re-match. Canelo has said he wants to fight again this year, and the money is probably there for a GGG vs Canelo trilogy.