Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin Technical Fight Breakdown: Age meets Hubris.

Saul Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin made it to the ring for the third and final time on Saturday night. The winner was clear, and the scores were arguably close – especially those two 7-5 cards, but Bloody Elbow had an 8-4 ourselves so we can’t argue to meo a lot about it. We won’t spend much time litigating here though. Instead, we’ll look at the story of the fight, why Canelo was so dominant early on and why (regardless of the outcome) she did He seems to fade away after a while to allow Golovkin to have at least some success.


Evidence for the latter can be found right from the start. After an open exchange of punches, Canelo’s first meaningful punch was his massive left hand that missed, leaving him balanced, and he needed some quick recovery work to get away from danger. It calmed down for the rest of the opening round, during which nothing major happened, but then those swinging punches and explosive moves to lock the ground and recover were a feature of the fight. Obviously there was a game plan going on there – whether it was emotional, angry Golovkin, or coldly rational, logical that Golovkin would have a hard time responding to those, we can’t know, but either way they had their impact early on.

Golovkin’s age is the sad part of this equation – four years ago he had never let anyone committing too much in front of him get away with it, but this time he couldn’t move himself fast enough to come close to a response distance. This gap in response was evident for him against Morata in April, and that Should It was on Canelo’s mind when he came up with the plan.

We’ve seen that other times, too. Another – more typical – part of Canelo’s game plan is to throw Golovkin’s punch and hit back whenever his right hand is played. This is something he always does, so he’s nothing new to Golovkin, but in the first two fights Golovkin’s punch hit was the most prominent feature of any fight and Canelo wasn’t able to consistently punish him for that. Here, he was, to the point where at times in the first rounds he seemed terrified, more focused on pulling back after a knockout than scoring with it. Even after strong talk from his corner made him stick with him more through the middle rounds, Canelo slipped a lot of them and tackles a bigger size on many, not giving him much control of the position.

In the seven round, Canelo again changed things, perhaps feeling the end – he took the entire lead, not waiting for confrontation opportunities, but pushing Golovkin behind a jab and throwing combos nearby. this is mayo was wrong. Quite a rational person to be honest, because at that point Golovkin looked old and exhausted and was like how fast I got, and that lasted through the eighth round. Canelo continued success And the He forced Golovkin up the tempo without really having anything to show for it, which should sound like a recipe for shattering the older man.

However, that changed on the ninth. Looking back, you can see Golovkin already sensing some holes – Canelo was already starting to pound behind his high guard more than previous slips and head movement – which is a fairly obvious sign of fatigue. Golovkin started the round by pinning with a jab, hitting Canelo behind that guard. The hero’s response was to push harder, seeking to intimidate Golovkin as he had previously succeeded – but this time, it was overtaking. I was He was punished, as he fell to the place where Golovkin slipped back and stabbed him, falling to the punch. He wasn’t dazed or in danger of stopping, but Canelo certainly felt it, and his reactions changed not only in the remainder of the tour but also in the fight.

In the end, it was obvious that the older man had more energy left. It wasn’t a breakdown in any way, the rounds were still close enough that Canelo was inside, won some and still not in danger of losing the fight, but it seems remarkable that the 40-year-old who made the first stage 8 rounds Struggling to stick to the punches she finished with the top of the hand. It gives us fresh perspective on how meticulously Canelo has managed his game tactics over the past few years – we’ve always known he’s been prone to fading out a bit, but we haven’t seen him for long, as he has become an expert at managing his pace even as his opponent has been pushing the pace relentlessly. Part of that was his commitment to making his technique sharper, keeping his balance at all times and avoiding the drain of recovery. Against Bevol we saw him fizzle out as the Russian pushed him out of that perfect form with his own work and didn’t give him a moment to rest, but nothing happened here – Canelo’s explosive early jumps were all his own decision. Apparently, he was sure that his opponent’s age would work against him, he overcommitted, and while he didn’t so far Backfiring, he couldn’t be comfortable with how he turned towards the end.

Ideas for the future

So, both guys come up with things to think about. Canelo might feel some validation in his undoubtedly finally winning over his old opponent, but in all truth this performance was in many ways less impressive than in the second fight, even if he lost it. If he doesn’t go back to the drawing board, he should at least make some adjustments, because some of his potential opponents have seen things here that they like. Golovkin, for his part, has spoken of going back 160, and immediate retirement seems unlikely – but those slow starts will get slower, so he has to think about how long he wants to last.

That might sound like a frustrating conclusion to draw from a fight that was closer than many expected and had his enthusiasm. It didn’t live up to the first two, sure, but it wasn’t a waste of time maybe it was. Boxing is a sport sometimes known for mistakes made, however, even if they don’t change the outcome, they are worth learning from. Canelo has traditionally been one of the best fight-to-fight sports learners, so let’s see what he brings us in the future.