Canelo vs. GGG 2 live updates: Alvarez steps up in the pace in fourth round as fight gets tighterSeptember 16, 2018
Gennady Golovkin, left, and Canelo Alvarez trade punches Saturday night in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
September 15 at 11:37 PM
This post will update with analysis after each round of the main event.
Golovkin is fighting Alvarez’s fight, to a certain degree. But it appears to be working for him. The champion lands a stiff combination about one minute into the round to wrest control. Alvarez has taken several home run swings. And so far, he’s missed them. But if one connects, it could be big trouble for Golovkin. The challenger had a strong final minute, but Golovkin seemed to do enough in the early portion to take the round. 48-47 Golovkin.
Alvarez has had just about enough of the Golovkin jabbing show, and he steps up the pace big to open the frame. But Golovkin is equal to the task, landing an exquisite right hand counter. Again, most of the action is taking place in the middle of the ring, and that would seem to be to Alvarez’s advantage. Several good exchanges to close out the frame. A terrific Alvarez left hook to the body in the closing seconds might have cinched the round for the challenger. 38-38.
Golovkin has made a concerted effort to establish his jab this time around, and it is paying off in the third as he’s dictating terms. Short left hand in the the pocket scores for Golovkin. It’s a strong round for the champion — who lands an excellent three-punch combination towards the end of the frame. Golovkin takes the round, leads 29-28.
A right uppercut scores for Golovkin early in the round. But Alvarez lands an excellent left uppercut in response, and follows with a strong combination. Alvarez has stepped up the tempo in the second, backing up his pre-fight talk that he’d trade more punches. Golovkin comes on with a rally in the final minute. But Alvarez takes back control with a left uppercut to the body Alvarez. Alvarez takes the round. Match even at 19-19.
After a delay of more than 90 minutes following the final undercard bout, we’re finally underway here at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. And despite a heated confrontation at Friday’s weigh-in, Alvarez and Golovkin did touch gloves before the opening bell.
It’s a measured start, with most of the action taking place in the center of the ring — an advantage for Alvarez. Golovkin looks to be a tad more aggressive in the first round this time compared to last September’s bout, as he’s trying to establish his jab. A right hand by Alvarez scores midway through the round. The opening frame is very close. Give the slight nod to the champion, based on solid work with his jab. 10-9 Golovkin.
PPV main card:
- Canelo Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 knockouts) vs. Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) for unified middleweight championship
- Jaime Munguia (30-0-0, 25 KOs) vs. Brandon Cook (20-1-0, 13 KOs) for WBO junior middle weight championship
- David Lemieux (39-4-0, 33 KOs) vs. Gary O’Sullivan (28-2-0, 20 KOs), middleweights
- Roman Gonzalez (46-2-0, 38 KOs) vs. Moises Fuentes (25-5-1, 14 KOs), junior bantamweights
LAS VEGAS — Almost one year to the day of their first meeting, Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin are set to renew what has become a bitter rivalry on Saturday night at sold-out T-Mobile Arena — with Golovkin’s World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council middleweight championship belts on the line.
So often in boxing, pre-fight hostility between the combatants comes off as a contrived tactic to sell pay-per-view orders. This time, however, there appears to be genuine friction. At Friday’s weigh-in, the two had to be separated after Alvarez charged at Golovkin and bumped heads with him during what was supposed to be a standard photo op.
Golovkin has been vocal in his belief that Alvarez was doping before the first bout. The originally scheduled rematch on May 5 had to be canceled after Alvarez tested positive for the performance-enhancing drug clenbuterol, for which he received a six-month suspension.
Alvarez has maintained that the positive test was the resulted of contaminated meat he consumed in his native Mexico. The talk from the Golovkin camp, he says, has fueled him for the rematch.
“I’m bothered by all the stupid things they’ve been saying,” said Alvarez, 28. “I don’t know which one to laugh about or get angry about at this point. But their statements are all excuses for the loss they will take.”
Golovkin has generally been affable in promoting past bouts. But this time, the 36-year-old Kazakh fighter has shown an intensity many observers have not previously seen.
“I want to punish him,” Golovkin said. “I want to have a fight and punish him for all the bad things that he and his team have done.”
The first fight ended in a controversial draw, with one judge pegging Alvarez the 118-110 winner of a fight almost universally deemed to be much closer. This time, both are seeking clarity.
Tactically, Golovkin figures to try to get off to a quicker start — after giving away the first two rounds in the 2017 meeting. Alvarez, meanwhile, has said he will look to engage more in this fight. Golovkin has criticized Alvarez for fighting defensively the first time around, and avoiding exchanges in the pocket.
It is, without question, boxing’s biggest fight of 2018. And judging by the list of celebrities expected to be in attendance, the stars will be out.
Here’s a list of those on hand, provided by a spokeswoman:
- Antoine Fuqua
- Adrian Gonzalez
- Bernard Hopkins
- Cedric the Entertainer
- Charles Barkley
- Chuck Liddell
- Dale Earnhardt Jr.
- Daniel Jacobs
- Daniel Ponce De Leon
- Dave Chappelle
- David Benioff
- Don Cheadle
- Donovan Carter
- Evander Kane
- Fernando Vargas
- George Lopez
- Jay Ellis
- Jojo Diaz
- Jorge Linares
- Kit Harington
- LeBron James
- Luis Miguel
- Maverick Carter
- Miguel Cotto
- Mike Tyson
- Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
- Omar Benson Miller
- Prince Royce
- Ricky Romero
- Rosie Perez
- Ryan Garcia
- Tito Ortiz
- Tommy Hearns
- Triple H
- Will Smith