Gennady Golovkin vs. Saul Alvarez
Gennady Golovkin drew with Saul Alvarez by SD in round 12 of 12
- Date: 2017-09-16
- Location: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
- Referee: Kenny Bayless
- Judge: Dave Moretti 115-113
- Judge: Adalaide Byrd 110-118
- Judge: Don Trella 114-114
- WBC World Middleweight Title (3rd defense by Golovkin)
- WBA World Middleweight Title (18th defense by Golovkin)
- IBF World Middleweight Title (4th defense by Golovkin)
- The Ring Magazine World Middleweight Title (2nd defense by Álvarez)
- IBO World Middleweight Title (16th defense by Golovkin)
After Canelo defeated Julio Cesar Chavez by 12 round decision in the televised HBO main event on Saturday May 7, 2017, Gennady Golovkin (alias 'GGG'), who was present at ringside for the T-Mobile Arena at Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, entered the ring after the unanimous decision was announced for Canelo. GGG announced that the long-awaited bout between himself and Alvarez would take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, on September 16, 2017. Canelo then stated: "Since I was 16 years old, I have fought everyone. When I was born, fear was gone. Little by little, I am growing (as a fighter). The rival (GGG bout) will give me the tools (opportunity) to showcase myself." GGG responded, saying: "It was a very nice performance. Congratulations. He (Canelo) looks good. Right now looks good." When asked if Canelo was the biggest challenge of his career, GGG replied: "Yes, he is, of course." Canelo then had this to say: "That's what we will expect come September. I've had difficult fights, tough fights, and that (GGG) no doubt is going to be a tough fight. I always say Canelo is the best because I fought the best." GGG followed up by telling Canelo: "Good luck in September!" Canelo then decided to fire back instead and said that "Luck is for mediocre people." Neutral HBO commentator Max Kellerman sounded off afterwards, stating: "Christmas is coming early, folks."
- Battle for the BoxRec number one 160 pound worldwide ranking - Gennady Golovkin defending his titular belts against Saul 'Canelo' Álvarez
- 160 pound weight limit established - mandatory unless a catch weight is mutually agreed upon before the bout by the titular sanctioning bodies
- Álvarez did not pay WBC nor IBO sanction fee. If he had won, both titles would have become vacant.
- WBC offered a special "Huichol" crafted commemorative belt to the winner, which Álvarez probably would not have accepted.
- WBA offered a special version of their Super belt, with the names of both fighters engraved on gold plates.
- Canelo outboxed Golovkin in the first three rounds, which was mentioned in HBO commentator Max Kellerman's post fight interview.
- By round 4, Canelo started to show signs of fatigue while Golovkin started to find more success with his power shots.
- In the 5th round, Golovkin landed a very hard right hand to Canelo, while Canelo shook his head to show he was not hurt and fought back.
- Golovkin continued to keep applying pressure. Canelo was a little bit tired in rounds 6-8, but he came back strongly in the last few rounds.
- Compubox Punch Stats: Canelo 169/505 Punches Thrown (33.5%), 114/272 Power Punches (41.9%) | Golovkin 218/703 Punches Thrown (31%), 110/342 Power Punches (32.2%)
- Golovkin landed more jabs but not very impressively, while both fighters landed good power punches.
- The fight marks the 19th successful defence for Golovkin in world title fights (4 defences when Felix Sturm was WBA super champion).
- Official Scorecards.
- Golovkin: "My focus is on the belts and I'm still the champion."
- Canelo: "I think I won 7-8 rounds. I felt that I won the fight."
- Ryan O'Hara, FightNights.com: 116-112 Golovkin
- ESPN.com: 116-112 Golovkin
- Harold Lederman, HBO: 116-112 Golovkin
- Bobby Davis, The13thRound.com: 116-112 Golovkin
- Associated Press: 114-114
- BoxingScene.com: 114-114