Age finally caught up to Gennady Golovkin Saturday night at the T-Mobile arena Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Golovkin (42-2-1, 37 KOs), at 40 years old, withered under the pressure of Canelo Alvarez (58-2-2, 39 KOs), 32. Only his iron chin and toughness allowed him to go the distance but the judges sided with Canelo in a unanimous decision win that was closer on the judges scorecards than the actual fight.
For the record, the judges scored it 115-113, 115-113, and 116-112 for Alvarez.
Alvarez took it to Golovkin from the opening bell, with the majority of pro-Alvarez fans on the Mexico Independence Day weekend, roaring approvingly. He attacked the body and pressured Golovkin, which cullminated with a big overhand right in the fifth round that staggered GGG.
Golovkin used his jab, he did not let his right hand go over the first five rounds, which led to a slow start that likely cost him the fight. But Golovkin was likely aware of the counter left hand from the previous fights. By the time Golovkin got in some kind of groove in the later rounds, particularly round nine, when he landed some good right hands, Canelo was too far ahead on the scorecards.
Both fighters were respectful after the fight.
With the win, Alvarez can eye a rematch with Dmitry Bivol at light heavyweight. Golovkin as he mentioned in the post-fight interview, is still the unified middleweight champion and has a number of options at 160 pounds.