Gennadiy Golovkin was subjected to his second and most decisive professional career loss in his trilogy fight with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Saturday night but seemed very comfortable with the loss unlike the first two, which he argued should have been ruled to his favor. However, the 40 year old believes, He did enough to win the fight which topped an DAZN fight card, brought together to commemorate the Mexican Independence Day at the T-Mobile Arena In Las Vegas.
The Kazakhstan native and the Mexican showed lots of respect for one another after the fight, hugging it out and saying some respectful things after the fight. However, GGG made clear that he did enough to win the fight, which was held at Super Middleweight.
“I don’t feel that I lost the fight,” Golovkin said, according to his translator. “I don’t think about the loss. It’s not something that like is on my mind right now because it was a great fight and it was a very clean fight, as you noticed. And we did not allow any mistakes. And the fight was very competitive. And especially in the second half, I felt that I was better than my opponent.”
GGG was obviously the slow starter of the two and lost a lot of rounds. He was able to get his bearings in the late rounds and believes his late surge was enough to earn him the victory. The first two fights were close and could possibly have been ruled to his favor however, the third ended a contrast of the first two scored by the judges Dave Moretti (116-112), David Sutherland (115-113) and Steve Weisfeld (115-113). GGG didn’t want to talk about the scoring saying “its not up to” him.
“It’s not up to me to talk about scoring,” Golovkin said. “I just did my job and the judges came up with those scores. That’s their decision.”
The two first meet in 2017, Both fought to a controversial split draw due to an infamous scoring (118-110) by Adalaide Byrd, awarding Canelo 10 out of 12 rounds. The second fight, Alvarez (58-2-2, 39 KOs) picked up a Majority decision over the then undefeated GGG and now decisively closed out their rivalry in their Trilogy on Saturday 17 September , winning a unanimous decision.
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“I don’t want to belittle his victory, but at the same time, I did not feel that he was any faster or stronger,” Golovkin said. “The shots that [landed] were not strong enough. And in the second half, he even lost in speed and power. And I think that even in the beginning, we did not fight much, both of us. You can see the number of shots thrown were less in the second half. But again, I would say no surprises for me at all.”
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