By Robert Segal: Canelo Alvarez disagrees with people about the first two fights, with Gennadiy Golovkin being controversial. Canelo feels that he clearly won both of them, and he thinks he did well in the first fight.
Interestingly, Canelo (57-2-2, 39 KOs) believes he did well in the first fight with Golovkin in 2017 because many boxing fans would disagree with him.
What’s important now is Canelo finds a way to win the trilogy fight with Golovkin (42-1-1, 37 KOs) without controversy this Saturday night on September 17th because he benefits from questionable scoring a third time, it’s going to hurt his legacy.
What Canelo has going for him that suggests that he’ll win in a conclusive manner is Golovkin’s age and his recent performances.
Golovkin is 40 now, and he looked and performed at his age in his fights against Ryota Murata and Sergiy Derevyanchenko.
“I just wanted to hear the opening bell. I was dying to come out and fight. To beat him, and to show that I was better than him,” said Canelo Alvarez to DAZN’s Making of a Trilogy about his second clash with Gennadiy Golovkin.
“I wasn’t happy with the draw they awarded. We wanted the rematch to dispel any doubts,” said Canelo. “I said to Eddy [Reynoso], ‘I’m going to win this fight, whatever it takes.’
“We obviously wanted that rematch because I wasn’t happy with the draw they rewarded.”
“Most people that watched the first fight, thought GGG won, and that didn’t sit well with Canelo, obviously,” said Todd Grisham. “GGG was, ‘Bring me Canelo. I want Canelo.’
“So people thought Saul Alvarez was dodging Golovkin, and you can’t blame him because the guy was a knockout machine. I think a lot of people thought Canelo was taking the fight against GGG because he had to, not because he wanted to,” said Grisham.
“That never crossed my mind. I knew I had done very well in that fight,” said Canelo about his first contest with Golovkin. “We wanted the rematch to dispel any doubts.”
“We see a lot of rematches in boxing, but we don’t see fighters fundamentally change how they fight. That’s what Canelo did,” said Chris Mannix.
“The two GGG fights were the greatest fights the sport has ever witnessed,” said Eddie Hearn. “Two absolute wars, to epics.”