Saul “Canelo” Alvarez Dethrones Gennady “GGG” Golovkin 
September 15, 2018
Anthony Saldana (73 articles)
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Saul “Canelo” Alvarez Dethrones Gennady “GGG” Golovkin 

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

Almost one year ago today, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KO’s) and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KO’s) went toe to toe in an excellent battle that was marred by a very controversial scorecard and a fight that ended in a draw. Tonight at at sold-out T-Mobile Arena in what has become a bitter rivalry the fighters entered the ring to settle their differences once and for all with the WBA, WBC, IBO and Ring Magazine Middleweight championship belts on the line. As the opening bell tolled both fighters used much of the first round to establish their distance and jab. Then in the second Canelo began using his speed and overall ring generalship to outbox Golovkin, but that was quickly nullified by the shotgun like jab of Golovkin. The middle rounds gave the electric sold out crowd inside of the T-mobile Arena some of the greatest boxing they could ask for in a fight that turned into an instant classic. Both fighters left everything in the ring showing true hearts of warriors. Canelo and GGG both boxed beautifully going into Championship rounds as bombs were thrown and fans stood chanting “Triple G” and Canelo. Then after the final bell rang the judges returned with the scores of 114-114, and 115-113 (twice) for the New Champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. “I showed my victory with facts. He was the one who was backing up. I feel satisfied because I gave a great fight. It was a clear victory. If the people want a third fight, we will do it again. But for now, I want to enjoy the moment with my family and my people,” Alvarez said. “But if they want us to do it again, no doubt.”

In the Co-Main event of the night the undefeated 21-year old WBO Junior Middleweight Champion from Tijuana, Mexico, Jaime Munguia (30-0, 25 KO’s) looked to keep his unblemished record alive as he battled Brandon “Bad Boy” Cook (20-1, 13 KO’s) of Ontario, Canada. Munguia wasted no time as from the opening bell his laser like jabs hard body shots clearly did a number on his smaller opponent Cook. Munguia continued applying pressure in the second round before dropping Cook in the third round. Cook beat the count, but the relentlessness of Munguia was too much as referee Tony Week stepped in to call a halt to the bout at the 1:03 mark of the third round. After the bout Munguia stated “I think tonight I looked good because I had an opponent that stayed in front of me, I’ve been training and learned from my last mistakes. Against Smith I just wanted a knockout and that was my problem I learned from that and I Completely dominated. Each Fight you learned and tonight it paid off.” When asked about fighting “GGG” or Canelo, Munguia said “This is a process I’m 21 but I know I’ll soon be ready to fight the best, I want to fight the best to show that I am the best”.

Also on the card the always colorful Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan (28-2, 20 KO’s) of Cork, Ireland looked to get one step closer to a to world title shot when he took on the hard hitting David Lemieux (39-2, 33 KO’s) of Montreal, Canada, but those plans were quickly put to a halt as Lemieux landed a devastating left hook on O’Sullivan that left him face first in the canvas giving the Lemieux the knockout at the 2:44 mark of the first round. After the fight Lemieux stated “This was my lesson to him, to be humble. I’m tired of these world champions smash talking just to promote their fights. I want to be able to teach my kids and the kids that follow me to be respectful and to never call out a fighter and keep it professional. I hope he learns to be humble, or be humbled. I want the winner of tonight’s fight.” Lemieux went on to say “Canelo and GGG are two excellent fighters but there is no middleweight like David Lemieux.” O’Sullivan stated after the bout “Unfortunately, this is boxing. I got caught, and it just so happens it was a 179 light heavyweight who caught me. That was a big weight discrepancy at fight time.”

To kick off the PPV portion of the card, the former four division world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (47-2, 39 KO’s) entered the ring to battle the tough Mexican Veteran, Moises Fuentes (25-6-1, 15 KO’s) of Mexico City, Mexico. Gonzalez who last entered in September of 2017 looked as if he hadn’t lost a step or showed any ring rust. Gonzalez landed solid jabs and quick combinations on Fuentes early and often. By the third round Gonzalez had busted Fuentes up, and two rounds later “Chocolatito” caught his opponent with a vicious two punch combination that completely knocked Fuentes out at the 1:44 mark of the round. After the bout Gonzalez stated “I’m very thankful for this opportunity. It’s a great comeback to be on the Canelo vs. Golovkin card. I can’t wait because I am a step closer to becoming a world champion. When he hit the floor, I got very worried for him and I panicked, and when he regained consciousness and I prayed for him and I told him that I hope god blesses him, his family, and his career. I asked for him to forgive me, because this is the job that we chose and that I didn’t mean to hurt him.”

In other bouts

Undefeated Golden Boy Prospect Alexis Rocha (12-0, 8 KO’s) of Santa Ana, California kept his winning streak going with a unanimous decision victory over Carlos Ortiz (10-2, 10 KO’s) of Torreon, Mexico in a 8-round Super Welterweight bout.

Jaba Khositashvili (4-0, 2 KO’s) got a unanimous decision victory over Lawerence King (4-1, 3 KO’s) in a 6 round Super Middleweight bout

Brian Ceballo (5-0, 3 KO’s) of New York, New York came away with a first round knockout of David Thomas (6-4-2, 2 KO’s) of Orange, Texas in a 6 round welterweight bout.

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