Fightful Boxing Newsletter (9/20): Canelo-GGG 2, Mayweather-Pacquiao 2, Anthony Joshua, Sho Kimura vs. Kosei Tanaka

Fightful Boxing Rankings (9/20) Table of Contents:

  1. Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin 2 Recap (Page 1)
  2. Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao 2? (Page 2)
  3. Anthony Joshua vs. Alexander Povetkin Preview (Page 3)
  4. Sho Kimura vs. Kosei Tanaka Preview (Page 4)
  5. Japanese/Asian Boxing News Roundup (Page 5)
  6. United Kingdom Boxing News Roundup (Page 6)

Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin 2 Recap

The rematch to last year’s Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin mega event ended in another exciting fight, but this time a winner was produced, though not decisively.

Alvarez defeated Golovkin with a razor thin majority decision (114-114, 115-113, 115-113) to win the WBA “super,” WBC and Ring Magazine middleweight titles almost one year exactly to the day their first encounter ended in a still-controversial split draw. On its live coverage page, Fightful had the fight scored in favor of Golovkin 116-112.

The fight was back-and-forth and Golovkin looked to once again establish the jab and outwork Alvarez. Both fighters constantly exchanged power punches with Golovkin coming forward with the jab to Alvarez’s head and Alvarez tagging Golovkin’s body with multiple left hooks.

Starting in the second half of the fight, Golovkin looked like he was starting to tire out a bit. But Golovkin caught his second win in the last few rounds of the fight, landing right hands to the Mexican star which stunned him and even in one instance in the 11th round, hurt Alvarez.

In the stats department, the fight was also very close. According to CompuBox, Alvarez landed 202 of 622 total punches (33 percent) while Golovkin, who outlanded Alvarez in eight of the 12 rounds, connected 234 out of 879 punches (27 percent).

The first fight between the two came with much fanfare, but when it was all said and done, there was a lot of outcry from the boxing world over the split draw, believing that Golovkin deserved the victory.

For now, the win for Alvarez ends a rivalry that has been brewing for well over a year. The rematch was supposed to take place back in May, but Alvarez tested positive for clenbuterol, postponing the fight. Since then, the animosity between Alvarez and Golovkin seemed to grow even deeper, culminating in a hotly-contested rematch.

The futures of both Alvarez and Golovkin are unknown especially after they are reportedly no longer signed to HBO due to their contracts expiring after this fight. Golovkin no longer has any middleweight world titles, and would have to wait and see what happens with the IBF and WBO middleweight title fights next month before deciding on what his future has in store.

Promoter Tom Loeffler doesn't believe that Golovkin will be fighting for the remainder of 2018 and it might be a while before we see him in the ring again.

Loeffler spoke with Boxing Scene and stated that Golovkin did have to go through a lot in his September 15 loss to Canelo Alvarez and that it will take a while before all sides get together and discuss the future of the former middleweight champion.

As far as a timeline for Golovkin's return is concerned, Loeffler stated a return before the end of 2018 is unlikely and that they will explore options for early 2019.

"It'll take about a week just to decompress and go over everything with Abel (Sanchez) and Gennady. But my gut feeling is right now he won't fight before the end of the year and we'll and weigh the options for the spring time or for May of 2019," Loeffler said.

Alvarez’s future is a little more clear, but there are multiple routes to take. On the undercard, David Lemieux knocked out Gary O’Sullivan in the first round to become the mandatory challenger to Alvarez’s new WBA title. Both Alvarez and Lemieux are promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Eric Gomez, the president of GBP, recently said the company has reserved Madison Square Garden for a December date with Alvarez headlining.

There is also Jermall Charlo, the WBC’s interim champion and mandatory challenger to Alvarez’s WBC title. Whether or not WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman enforces a mandatory fight between Alvarez and Charlo remains to be seen.

But what about a third match against Golovkin? Although Alvarez now is in the lead in the rivalry with a 1-0-1 record, both fights were extremely close. Speaking to HBO immediately after the fight, Alvarez wouldn’t rule out the possibility of another rematch with Golovkin.

“That was a great fight, but in the end, it was victory for Mexico. And again, it was an opportunity, and I want to shout out to my opponent, the best in the sport of boxing. I am a great fighter, and I showed it tonight. If people want another round, I’ll do it again,” Alvarez said.

Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin 2 Full Card Results:

Brian Ceballo defeated David Thomas by TKO, round 2

Jaba Khositashvili defeated Lawrence King by unanimous decision

Alexis Rocha defeated Carlos Ortiz Cervantes by unanimous decision

Vergil Ortiz Jr. defeated Roberto Ortiz by TKO, round 2

Roman Gonzalez defeated Moises Fuentes by TKO, round 5, 1:44: Gonzalez looked solid starting off, but it became apparent from the start that he is not the legendary fighter that he was prior to his two losses to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai. In the first round, Gonzalez simply went through the motions, but starting the second round, the four-division champion started to pick up the pace. Fuentes got cut under the right eyelid in the second round and started to bleed a lot around the right eye. Gonzalez places a well-time right hook to Fuentes’ jaw and Fuentes is knocked out. Gonzalez shook off the ring rust well and Fuentes was the perfect first opponent back after not competing for a full year.

David Lemieux defeated Gary O’Sullivan by KO, round 1, 2:44: Quick knockout win for Lemieux as he landed a sensational counter left hook to O’Sullivan. O’Sullivan looked dazed and confused and the referee had to stop the fight. With the win, Lemieux now becomes the mandatory challenger to the WBA “super” middleweight title that Alvarez currently holds. A fight between the two will likely take place on December 15 at Madison Square Garden, assuming Alvarez gets cleared in time by doctors to compete before the end of the year.

Jaime Munguia defeated Brandon Cook by TKO, round 3, 1:03 to retain the WBO junior middleweight title: This was a more complete performance from Munguia compared to his win against Liam Smith back in July. Munguia tightened up his stance and was landing his right jabs fairly easily. There were a couple of moments in the fight where Munguia hit Cook below the belt, but it never amounted to anything serious. Munguia knocked down Cook early in the third round, but once Cook got back up, Munguia continued to pummel down his opponent until the referee ended the fight. This was Munguia’s third title defense and fifth overall fight in 2018 and Munguia is being targeted to return to the ring in December on HBO.

Canelo Alvarez defeated Gennady Golovkin by majority decision (114-114, 115-113, 115-113) to win the unified WBA “Super,” WBO, IBO and Ring Magazine middleweight titles: This fight was exceptional, better than the first one and could end up being a top 5 "Fight of the Year" candidate. Golovkin had a slightly better start in the first four rounds compared to the first four rounds in their September 2017 fight. Golovkin tried to utilize the right jab as his main offensive tool while Alvarez tried to work the body throughout the whole fight. A lot of rounds were close as Golovkin was more somewhat active, but Canelo hit the harder punches and was a bit more accurate than Golovkin. Both men traded shots pretty much all throughout the fight and so it is hard to determine who won a lot of rounds. In fact, the judges differed on several rounds despite turning in identical scores. Golovkin managed to catch his second wind later on in the fight and seemingly won at least three of the last four rounds. Canelo did manage to mount a late rally in the final round, throwing more than 50 punches and most of it landing on Golovkin. That won him the round on the two 115-113 scores whereas the fight would have ended in another draw.

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