On a historic fight weekend that was choc filled with nationally televised cards and top notch fighters in action and a three-fight undercard were each fight ended the night with a violent knockout. Picking a single fighter of the week was certainly a difficult task. As former Presiden Ronald Reagan said, “sometimes there are no easy decisions but there are obvious ones” Despite sensational knockouts by David Lemieux and Chocolatito and an all-action clash between Jose Carlos Ramirez and Antonio Orozco. That being said the Fighter of the Week 9/10-9/16, has to be Canelo Alverez. Canelo seemed completely out of character at the weigh-in and got right in the face of GGG and it appeared that the bad blood and anger was going to change the game plan of the redhead from Guadalajara. Perhaps we were going to get a more aggressive Canelo Alvarez and that could potentially be his downfall.
Rarely does a fight live up to the hype even more rarely does a sequel live up to the original. On Saturday 15th at the T Mobile Arena, lightning struck and both of those rarities occurred. Canelo made the necessary adjustments. After being criticized for not being aggressive and fighting too much of the back foot even having his Mexican warrior card called into question. Those critiques will have to be curbed, Canelo was the unquestionable aggressor. It was the redhead from Guadalajara that was the attack forcing Golovkin, the Middleweight boogeyman to go backward and to fight off the back foot as he did in the first fight. Canelo dictated the pace landing lead rights and unleashing a vicious body attack which never allowed GGG to get comfortable. Alvarez displayed a granite chin in round 10 shacking off Golvkins most fierce attack, weathering the storm and surviving the attack. After losing the 10th and 11th. Canelo showed all the gritted and rallied late in the final stanza to steal the frame and the WBC/WBA Middleweight straps. With the fight in the balance in the final round, Alvarez simply wanted it more and had more heart than did Golovkin, had GGG won the final round on the other two cards it would have been a draw and he would have retained his title but Canelo was not about to let that happen he would not be denied and would shed any of the HBO Hype machine stigma that may have clouded his career up until this point. Canelo picked up his 50th win by the narrow scores of 115-113, 115-113 and 114-114 even. In the post-fight, Canelo said “I showed my victory with facts. He was the one who was backing up, I feel satisfied because I have a great fight. It was a clear victory.”
What’s next for Canelo? Well, he will be at no shortage of options. Obviously, a Canelo/GGG 3 is an option. A Canelo unification fight with either the winner of Saunders/Andrade or Jacobs/Derevyanchenko. Or his WBC mandatory Jermall Charlo would be a huge attraction in Charlo’s home state of Texas where Canelo draws extremely well and stylistically it would be a dream come true, can’t miss fight of the year of the candidate. As a promotional free agent and coming off of this performance Canelo can name his opponent and name his price and the options are plentiful and the money will be too.