Golovkin: Canelo Didn't Do Anything Special; We Controlled Fight

By Keith Idec

LAS VEGAS – Gennady Golovkin repeatedly congratulated Canelo Alvarez for his performance Saturday night.

The former middleweight champion commended the Mexican superstar for fighting him more than Alvarez did during their first meeting a year ago. He still doesn’t believe Alvarez, who beat him by majority decision, did enough to win their 12-round rematch at T-Mobile Arena.

“I felt very comfortable,” Golovkin said through his translator during the post-fight press conference. “I think we controlled the fight, all the jabs. Even though he was not running this time, it doesn’t mean he was controlling the fight. We were controlling the fight.”

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Two of the judges disagreed with Golovkin’s take on their extremely competitive, compelling rematch.

Dave Moretti and Steve Weisfeld both scored their second clash 115-113 for Alvarez, who won the WBA, WBC and IBO middleweight titles from Golovkin. The other judge, Glenn Feldman, scored their rematch a draw (114-114).

“I don’t think he really demonstrated some super, great Mexican boxing style,” Golovkin said. “Yes, he was not running away from me, was not running around this time. But it doesn’t mean that he won this fight. He didn’t do anything special. But most importantly, I would like to congratulate him [for] today’s win.”

The 28-year-old Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) didn’t move nearly as much in this rematch as he did during their first fight, which resulted in a controversial draw. He was aggressive and often brought the fight to Kazakhstan’s Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs), who landed more overall punches according to unofficial CompuBox statistics (234-of-879 to 202-of-622).

“We can talk about a lot of things,” Golovkin said. “But again, I want to congratulate Canelo. I feel like I’m a champion, but he also is a champion. So it was a fight of two champions tonight.”

While the 36-year-old Golovkin feels he did enough to remain unbeaten, he refrained from criticizing the judges.

“I’m just a fighter,” Golovkin said. “I’m doing my job and how to judge my performance, my work, is not my job. As a fighter, I’m just doing my job inside the ring.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing. 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Verus on 09-18-2018

[QUOTE=BigStomps;19114114]Guess you make valid points... Can't argue with none of what you said.... 😂[/QUOTE] Golovkin is a good and carefully marketed fighter who has dominated a weak crop of middleweights. He is followed by rabid nationalists who know little and…

Comment by Graz on 09-18-2018

Golovkin should have no excuses. What ever level he brought to face Canelo wasn’t enough. Period.

Comment by katlholo on 09-18-2018

GGG won't criticize the judges? Isn't saying that he won already criticism? Canelo didn't move around nearly that much this time? He moved alright...forward!!!

Comment by REYESdelBOXEO on 09-17-2018

[QUOTE=bigdunny1;19113743]GGG shook. Too scared to get countered if he even attempts a body shot canelo lighting him up. You see that boys face after the fight now imagine if GGG actually had balls and didn't back down from a Mexican…

Comment by BigStomps on 09-17-2018

[QUOTE=Verus;19111869]GGG has been fighting 2nd and third tier fighters for a long time. Most recently he dragged Vanes out of retirement and up in weight. He also tried to get the Nevada commission to accept this kid Mungia as a…

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