If one is to look at the record of WBA Super and WBC World Middleweight champion you have to be impressed. His IBF title was stripped just recently. His two bouts with then champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin in Las Vegas, NV, to this writer shows just how artificial Golden Boy Promotions and the Nevada commission have created this “super star” champion!
In their most recent rematch back on September 15, 2018, that gave Alvarez, 52-1-2 (35), of Guadalajara, Mexico, the WBA, WBC and IBF titles by a majority decision this writer had it 117-111 for Golovkin who did a masterful boxing exhibition. To my regret but not Alvarez’s I’m sure Golovkin did not do much power punching as he did in their first meeting.
The late HBO judge Harold Lederman had Golovkin ahead 116-112. The scores that counted officially were Glenn Feldman, 114-114, Steve Weisfeld and Dave Moretti, 115-113 for Alvarez.
This writer feels in their first match on September 16, 2017, that ended in a most controversial draw that Golovkin clearly won there should not have been a rematch if he got the deserved decision. But in boxing “money talks” and why the Golovkin camp agreed to go back to Las Vegas for the rematch to this writer was not a good decision. Barclay Center or Madison Square Garden would have been a better one or even somewhere in California.
This writer felt Alvarez may have been in front after five rounds 3-2, but couldn’t deal anymore with the power punching of Golovkin and ran the last seven rounds losing all of them. If Golovkin ran like that they would have called him “chicken” but Alvarez got a “free pass” though being a Mexican warrior that is not the norm.
The first judge’s score was an incredible 118-110 by Adalaide Byrd that drew her a too short suspension if I’m not mistaken. It should have been a lifetime suspension as far as I am concerned. Dave Moretti had it 115-113 for Golovkin and Don Trella 114-114.
Alvarez was found to have a banned substance in his system called clenbuterol which is an enhancing drug. He should have been suspended for up to two years but as it turned out for only a year in order to allow for the rematch a year later. The draw should have been given a no contest or given the rightful decision to Golovkin.
Since their last meeting both fighters have chosen to fight someone else rather than have a third match. While awaiting a final decision on the suspension of Alvarez after their first encounter Golovkin knocked out former Olympian Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan, 36-3-1, in May of 2018, who has not returned to the ring since. In his latest match he knocked out Steve Rolls, then 19-0, of Canada, in four rounds at Madison Square Garden in June.
In December of 2018 Alvarez moved up to super middleweight and stopped the UK’s WBA World Super Middleweight champion Rocky Fielding, 27-1, in three rounds, at Madison Square Garden and Fielding has not fought since. Knowing at 168 it was about thirteen pounds over his normal career weight of 155 he vacated the title after defeating an obvious inferior opponent and dropped back to 160.
This writer gives Alvarez credit for fighting former champion Danny “Miracle Man” Jacobs, 35-2, who probably in my opinion gave Golovkin his toughest career fight. Of course skipping the second weigh-in on the day of the fight Jacobs probably came in at least 180 if Golovkin weighed in at 170 on that day.
Alvarez took the decision over Jacobs by scores of Feldman 116-112, Moretti and Weisfeld 115-113. This writer had it 114-114 a draw. Neither do Alvarez or Jacobs have any fights currently scheduled.
Former Olympian WBO World champion southpaw Demitrius “Boo Boo” Andrade, 28-0 (17), seems to have been left out of any unification bouts. Since winning the vacant title in October of 2018 he has made two defenses stopping Russian Artur “Wolverine” Akavov, then 19-2, and Poland’s Maciej Sulecki, then 28-1, in January and June of 2019.
Golovkin is the No. 1 contender in the WBO, WBA and WBC. In the IBF for some reason he is No. 3 with the No. 2 slot vacant. Ukranian Sergiy Derevyanchenko, fighting out of Brooklyn, NY, is No. 1 and 13-1 (10), losing to Jacobs in October of 2018, rebounding with a win in April over former WBA Light Middleweight champion “Golden” Jack Culcay, of ECU and fighting out of Germany.
This writer cannot imagine Derevyanchenko defeating any of the current champions though with Alvarez recently having his IBF title stripped Derevyanchenko and Golovkin who are the two top contenders should meet for this title forcing a Golovkin and Alvarez third fight! Alvarez should have fought the rematch with Golovkin and the fight with Jacobs in New York as he did with Fielding. Instead Golden Boy’s Oscar de La Hoya has found a new home for the Mexican Alvarez at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.