They’re back in action again! Tonight (Saturday, September 15th) WBA-WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) puts his titles at stake against Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) in a rematch of their thrilling but controversial September 2017 clash, which ended in a split draw. Don’t worry, Adelaide Byrd isn’t judging this time around. It is nevertheless a fight millions want to watch again, as these are two of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world, and there’s more heat behind this one due to Golovkin’s animosity towards Canelo for his drug test failure for clenbuterol.
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Bloody Elbow is here to provide you with detailed, round-by-round coverage and running commentary of tonight’s rematch. Click here for results of the undercard. The HBO PPV starts at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT, and Golovkin and Canelo should be in the ring no later than 11 PM ET/8 PM PT.
Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez - 12 rounds, WBA and WBC middleweight title
Round 1: Here we go! GGG with the jab. Left hook to the midsection by Canelo. Another jab by GGG, but Canelo goes back downstairs with the right. Canelo with the jab. “GGG” chants ring around the arena. “Canelo” chants in response! Jab by GGG is short, next one hits the forehead. Right by Canelo is blocked on the glove. They both throw jabs and miss. Good left hook by Canelo. Right hand over the top by Golovkin. Sweeping body shot by Alvarez. Jab snaps Canelo’s head back and they they clinch. Bell sounds. 10-9 Golovkin.
Round 2: More jabbing by Golovkin. Alvarez responds in kind. Quick combination by Canelo scores. Stiff jab once more by GGG. Golovkin misses on the uppercut but lands another jab. Lovely shovel hook by Canelo! Body jab by Alvarez. He lands again! Golovkin with a right. Great counter by Canelo! Alvarez with a jab. GGG goes to the body. Left hook by Golovkin. GGG with a hard jab. Canelo off-target on a left hook. Body shot-right hand but the body shot was low. The right hand landed for Canelo, though. GGG with two left hooks, one landing and one blocked. Nice straight right by GGG. Bell sounds again. 19-19.
Round 3: Golovkin connects with a right. Sneaky uppercut by GGG and a rare clinch. Canelo lands the jab. GGG jabs and then they trade hard uppercuts on the inside! Canelo jabs to the body. GGG gets clipped. Left hook by GGG. Golovkin with a straight right. Canelo with the hook but it didn’t land. They both miss wildly. Hard counter left by Golovkin! Canelo answers with a jab. Good combo by Canelo. Right hand by Golovkin. Straight right again by GGG. Clinch fighting and they separate on their own. Another close round. I give it to Canelo. 29-28 Alvarez.
Round 4: GGG doubles up on uppercuts and lands one of two. Canelo with a double jab. Uppercut by Canelo. Golovkin not showing much pressuring. Left hook by GGG! He lands another left. Hard uppercut by Golovkin! Canelo just evades a straight right. Body shot by Canelo. GGG responds with an identical punch. GGG touching up Canelo with the jab. Canelo caught with two lefts. And a third one. Two-punch combo by GGG, Canelo lands a shot in return. Both eat jabs. Terrific body blow by Canelo. Another left by GGG. Great fight so far. I have it even. 38-38.
Round 5: GGG reaches with a right to the body. Jab by GGG and Canelo just misses on the uppercut. Uppercut by GGG. Canelo with a head-body combo! GGG with a swollen right cheek. BIG right hand by Canelo! Body shot by Alvarez is solid. GGG gets tagged with a left. Left hook by Alvarez misses. Straight right by GGG connects once more. Stiffening jab by Alvarez. Two body blows by Canelo. Wild swing misses for Alvarez. GGG scores and Canelo answers back. Action picking up! 48-47 Alvarez.
Round 6: Alvarez with a body shot and then he dodges a right hand. Back to the body again by Canelo. Jab by Golovkin once again. Left uppercut glances for Golovkin, then another one is more flush. Right hand by Golovkin. Left hook by Canelo. Straight right by GGG. Body shot by Canelo. Left hook off the top of Canelo’s head. Body shot once more by Alvarez. Jab by Alvarez. GGG sneaks in a left hook. They trade quality shots in close quarters. Huge left hook by GGG is off target. Man, how do you score these rounds? 58-56 Canelo.
Round 7: Golovkin landing the better shots early. They’re setting one hell of a pace. Jab by Golovkin. Left hook by GGG pushes Canelo back. Another left by GGG and he avoids a sweeping right. Jab by GGG again. Right hand over the top by Canelo, and a good uppercut. GGG gets caught flush with a right. Golovkin lands another jab. Quick jab by Alvarez. Final minute of the round. Left hook by GGG and a Canelo body shot that is borderline. Uppercut and a right hand by GGG glance. Canelo is bleeding from the left side of his face. GGG pushes Alvarez back with the jab. Uppercut by GGG! Canelo with the right! What a fight! GGG closes strongly. 67-66 Canelo.
Round 8: GGG throws an uppercut but Canelo lands a better one. Body shot by Golovkin. Canelo doing good work on the inside. Right hand by Canelo to GGG’s ear. Alvarez now turning it up. Right hand lands for GGG. Canelo with a right. Left hook by GGG. It looks like GGG is slowing down. Short right hand by Golovkin. Canelo with the right again. Left hook by Golovkin. Shovel hook is there for Canelo! Jab by Golovkin. And another one. Canelo bleeding out of his nose. 77-75 Canelo.
Round 9: Left hook-right hand combo by GGG. Uppercut by Canelo, whose cut is worsening. Canelo digs the body again. Golovkin with a jab and right hand. Canelo with a right. Counter uppercut off a lazy right by GGG. Slapping right by Golovkin. Doubling jab and a left hook by Golovkin. Two punches inside by GGG. Left hook blocked. Canelo lands a jab. Uppercut scores for Golovkin and a left hook. GGG gets Canelo to miss on a swinging right. Flush right by Canelo! GGG with a hard left hook! Both men breathing heavily now! GGG with a straight right. The thrill-a-minute ride continues! 86-85 Canelo.
Round 10: Golovkin with multiple jabs. Uppercuts by GGG! And again! Canelo with uppercuts and a hook! Right hand by Canelo and GGG gets turned around! Clean right by GGG! Sneaky left by GGG. Canelo with a left that hits the arm of GGG. Beautiful right by GGG! Canelo is shaken up! Golovkin is turning it up! Canelo had his hands down for a moment. Uppercut by Canelo! Hard right by Canelo! Left hook by GGG. Right hand around Canelo’s guard. Both men land jabs and GGG drills Canelo to the body. Canelo with a cracking right. GGG off on the left hook but scores with a jab. Right to the temple by GGG! GGG is making another push! 95-95.
Round 11: Golovkin with a right hand. Uppercut by GGG. Canelo returns fire. Alvarez partially lands a right hand. GGG starting to pressure. Jab by Golovkin. Canelo with a jab of his own. Arms are tied up and they clinch. Good 1-2 by Golovkin. Another right by GGG! Uppercut by Golovkin! Jab by GGG! Canelo pushing forward and scores with two punches. Straight right by Canelo, whose punches look a little labored. Uppercut by Alvarez. Left hook and Canelo looks tired. Right hand by Canelo! One more round to go! 105-104 Golovkin.
Round 12: Good shots by Golovkin! Canelo is getting tagged cleanly! Hard right by GGG! Counter left hook by Golobkin. Two punch combo by Canelo! Slip by Alvarez as he throws to the body. Canelo with another body shot. Accidental headbutt. They acknowledge. Uppercut by Canelo! Alvarez with a good combo but GGG snaps Canelo’s head back! Uppercut by GGG! This fight is insane! One minute to go. Alvarez with a left that scores on GGG! Golovkin with a jab. Body shot by Alvarez! Right hand by Golovkin! Toe-to-toe and it’s bombs away! Left hook by Canelo! Ten seconds to go! What a shot by Golovkin! Canelo has a monstrous chin! Both men eat uppercuts to end an instant classic! 115-113 Golovkin but it could go either way. It might even be another draw!
Official result: Canelo Alvarez def. Gennady Golovkin by majority decision (114-114, 115-113, 115-113)