After Gennady “GGG” Golovkin the four belt world middleweight champion’s latest defense knocking out Vanes Martirosyan in the second round Oscar de La Hoya went off about how Saul Canelo Alvarez punched so hard in the last three rounds against Golovkin.
I remember Oscar saying it will be a “war” from the opening round between Canelo and GGG. It was some fight for all of 5 rounds before it was Canelo who felt the power of GGG and started to spend the last 7 rounds running. If GGG did what Canelo did they would have called him “a chicken” or a “road runner!” But since it was Alvarez nothing was said.
Canelo “earning a draw” was a disgrace! I had it 9-3 in rounds for GGG. Alvarez has only fought over 155 a few times. He turned professional in 2004 it wasn’t until March 8, 2014 he went over 154 coming in at 155 against Alfredo Angulo. In November 21, 2015 he came in at 155 against Miguel Cotto winning the 160 title. In his next fight he came in at 155 again on May 7, 2016 against Amir Kahn.
In Canelo’s next fight on September 17, 2016 he was back to 154 after “vacating” his WBC World Middleweight title. In May of 2017 he was at his career highest at 164 against Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. Then came the Golovkin fight when he came in at 160. That’s 5 out of 52 of his fights he fought at over 154 in his total career.
The statement by Oscar I’m sure is to build up a lucrative as the promoter of Alvarez in a rematch with GGG. Oscar was “carried” by Bernard Hopkins when he hit the canvas and pounded on it, not Hopkins, from a body shot. Shortly after the fight Hopkins was working for Oscar and his Golden Boy Promotions. Was he being carried ahead of time when he informed Hopkins “after this fight I will offer you a chance to join Gold Boy Promotions?”