In the final seconds of last night’s middleweight title fight nobody seemed to care anymore who won. Instead the sellout crowd of 22,358 at the T-Mobile Arena rose as one and began to cheer both Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez as they tore at each other like two rabid dogs, each trying with his last full measure to find the punch that would bring them victory. As it turned out, neither did.
After 12 rounds of fierce battling, mostly at close quarters, Golovkin and Alvarez were still standing and Golovkin was still middleweight champion but not because he won. Because nobody won.
The crowd was not as convinced as the judges however, booing when Alvarez was interviewed in the ring after the decision was announced, for what it was difficult to say. He had done all he could but came up short. Same was true of Golovkin, who certainly didn’t look like the feared power puncher so many claimed him to be.
In the end boxing got what it needed. It got a highly competitive and highly entertaining fight between two guys who came to the ring looking to throw punches and break the other’s spirit. They succeeded in the former, but not in the latter, which is why by midnight there was already talk of doing it again, if the two were amenable to it. And why not?
“Of course, I want the rematch, Golovkin said. “Ditto,’’ Alvarez said in Spanish.
Fight For Your Right
But hold on just a sec. Rematch? Sure. BUT there’s another YUUUUGE draw that might just get priority. At least, that’s a possibility, according to MMA guru Joe Rogan.
“I don’t think [Conor is done boxing]. Look, he went the very first fight against the greatest ever and he didn’t look too bad. If there’s a legit, big fight – say if Canelo Alvarez steps up and says that he wants to fight Conor McGregor, [Conor] might do it.”
“It wouldn’t be a smart move. The difference between Canelo and Floyd – Floyd was just a brilliant boxer. Canelo is a murderous puncher and he’ll f**k you up. He’ll hurt you.
“[Golvokin] is not a good fight for him either. Neither Canelo nor Golvkin is a good fight for him. They’re terrible fights for him. Those guys are different.”
There MIGHT Be Blood
Stay tuned, fight fans.