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Saul Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady GGG Golovkin Unified WBA WBC IBF Plus Ring Magazine And Lineal Middleweight Championship Official Journalists Note Pad

Saul Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady GGG Golovkin Unified WBA WBC IBF Plus Ring Magazine And Lineal Middleweight Championship Official Journalists Note Pad

Saul "Canelo" Alvarez vs Gennady "GGG" Golovkin unified WBA, WBC, IBF, Ring Magazine and lineal middleweight championship official on-site (unused) media/journalists note pad billed "SUPREMACY", 16th September 2017, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.

***Obtained by Barry Jones former WBO super featherweight World champion and current excellent BoxNation TV commentator & analyst***


They promised the fight of the decade and they may have delivered it but the decision left a sour taste on a special night for boxing.

Gennady "GGG" Golovkin and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez ended up as a controversial draw following a thrilling fight that will be remembered for a long time.

There could be an argument for giving the epic encounter as a draw on a card, but the 118-110 in favour of Alvarez was simply outrageous.

The fight itself was simply stunning.

It wasn’t just a slugfest but big-hitting from two brilliant boxers with some of the highest-quality action you will see in a ring.

Boxing sometimes shoots itself in the foot when it hypes a huge match-up but this delivered.

It’s just a shame that the judge Adalaide Byrd could not see the fight as it was.

There were fears in the build-up that there could be controversy and those worries frustratingly came true.

Sadly it may take away from the fight, but it shouldn’t. These two fighters delivered a wonderful fight and that is what should be remembered.

The politics of boxing threatened to end any hope of this ever happening.

But the sport has turned a corner in the last year with the big fights finally happening regularly.

This was certainly the biggest for some time.

Las Vegas had been buzzing with excitement for the last few days as fans from Mexico, Kazakhstan and all around the World descended upon the Las Vegas Strip.

Opinions were split as to who would come out on top, but most agreed they were about to watch a classic.

They were not wrong.

The 22,000 fans lucky enough to be inside the T-Mobile Arena went wild when the two main men arrived into the venue.

Three weeks ago this place hosted the circus act that was Floyd Mayweather against Conor McGregor.

But there was no circus here, this was a real fight between two of the best in the sport.

The prize was not just Golovkin’s IBF, WBA and WBC belts but a place alongside the greats as they put it all on the line in spectacular fashion.

There was smoke before the fireworks as both men walked to the ring in extravagant style

The opening round was cagey as both men looked to see what the other’s strategy would be.

Golovkin’s plan was clear, he was going to come forward and barely take a step back.

His jab in the opening round was also effective but Alvarez started to go to the body in the second which brought him some success.

Alvarez looked the sharper man in the opening rounds as he danced away from exchanges and countered cutely.

But Golovkin was hunting and would soon find his range.

The Kazakh knockout artist finally pinned Alvarez to the ropes in the fourth and started unloading huge right hands.

Alvarez just dropped his hands and welcomed his man in for more. It was at that point when everyone in the arena knew something special was coming.

The fifth confirmed that as both men exchanged huge rights but barely moved an inch as they both passed the test on their chins.

Alvarez was even able to shake his head as if to tell Golovkin his best shots were not going to hurt him.

But what the Mexican didn’t seem to realise over the next few rounds was that Golovkin’s pressure and effective jab would give him the edge.

Alvarez started to look tired in the eighth round as that pressure from the defending champion appeared to be starting to take its toll.

He did land a good counter right hand but again Golovkin just kept coming.

The ninth was another classic three minutes as the pair exchanged stunning blows.

A huge right hand from the Kazakh and a left hook from Alvarez were the particular highlights.

Alvarez finished the round strong which suggested he wasn’t finished in this fight yet.

The Mexican certainly played his part in another thrilling round in the tenth, the bell could not be heard as the capacity crowd nearly lifted the roof off the T-Mobile Arena.

Golovkin was the one who started to goad Alvarez as he pounded his chest after taking one of the Mexican’s shots right on his chin.

Alvarez did enough to take the 11th which gave him hope before the last round served up the fitting finale.

The Mexican went on the front foot and, as the fans rose to their feet, the pair exchanged huge blows yet again.

Golovkin started to tire but dug deep to finish the round standing toe-to-toe with his man.

At the final bell, both men raised their hands in victory as the scorecards were added up and, for those few moments, everyone hoped there would be no controversy.

Byrd’s scorecard was read out first and met with loud boos before Dave Moretti’s card of 115-113 in favour of Golovkin and Don Trella’s 114-114 score came out.

This was an epic encounter delivered by two fantastic fighters but the same could not be said about the judging.

It may take the shine off the spectacular 36 minutes of action inside the ropes but it should not stop this being remembered as a great fight.

Controversy and boxing hand in hand yet again will be what the critics will say.


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Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin is a Kazakh who competed in the middleweight (75 kg) division at the 2004 Summer Olympics, where he won the silver medal.

Currently undefeated as a professional, he is the reigning WBA and IBO middleweight champion. He holds the highest KO ratio in middleweight championship history with a 90.63% knockout percentage, and is ranked the number seven pound-for-pound boxer by Ring Magazine. Golovkin has never been knocked down or knocked out in over 375 fights, both as a professional and amateur. He was named the 2013 "Fighter of the Year" by the readers of The Ring magazine. Golovkin holds notable victories over former World champions Kassim Ouma and Daniel Geale.

Early Life
Gennady Golovkin was born on April 8, 1982, in Karagandy, Kazakhstan as one of four brothers to a Russian father who was a coal miner, and a Korean mother who was an assistant in a chemical laboratory. His older brothers, Sergey and Vadim, had pushed him into the ring. When he was eight, both of them joined the Soviet army.

In 1990, Gennady's brother Vadim was killed in action. In 1994, Sergey was also killed in action. There were no details given by the government officials and there was no funeral for either. Both brothers were lost before Gennady had turned 14. Golovkin however pressed on and used the family tragedy as motivation to continue fighting.

“It was very tough, very tough. My family, it really tore us up.”

Golovkin had been throwing big punches all his life. Growing up, Sergey and Vadim would walk the streets with Golovkin and pick men out of a crowd. Are you afraid of him, they would ask Gennady. When he said no, they told him to go get into a fight. Sometimes they wrestled, sometimes they boxed, sometimes they just threw punches.

"My brothers, they were doing that from when I was in kindergarten," Golovkin said. "Every day, different guys."

Amateur Boxing
He was a scholarship holder with the Olympic Solidarity program since November 2002.

At the 2003 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Bangkok, he won the gold medal beating future two-time champion Matvey Korobov (RUS) 19:10, Andy Lee (29:9), Lucian Bute (stoppage), Yordanis Despaigne in the semifinals (29:26) and Oleg Mahskin in the finals.

At the 2004 Summer Olympics he beat Ramadan Yasser Abdelghafar 31 - 20 and Andre Dirrell 23 - 18, lost to the Russian Gaydarbek Gaydarbekov 18 -28 and won the silver medal. He qualified for the Athens Games by winning the gold medal at the 2004 Asian Amateur Boxing Championships in Puerto Princesa, Philippines. In the final he defeated home fighter Christopher Camat.

At the World championships 2005 he sensationally lost to Mohamed Hikal. He finished his amateur career with an outstanding record of 345-5.

Amateur Highlights
*2000 won the Junior World Championships in Budapest, Hungary as a Light Welterweight. Results were:
*Defeated Hao Yen Kuo (Chinese Taipei) RSC-3
*Defeated Alexander Renz (Germany) PTS (26-7)
*Defeated Benjamin Kalinovic (Croatia) PTS (21-10)
*Defeated Evgeni Putilov (Russia) PTS (24-10)
*Defeated Maikel Perez (Cuba) PTS (30-17)

*2002 won the Asian Games in Busan, South Korea as a Light Middleweight. Results were:
*Defeated Abdullah Shekib (Afghanistan) AB-1
*Defeated Nagimeldin Adam (Qatar) RSCO-1
*Defeated Song In Joon (South Korea) PTS (18-12)
*Defeated Suriya Prasathinpimai (Thailand) RSCO-3

*2003 won the World Championships in Bangkok, Thailand as a Middleweight. Results were:
*Defeated Matvey Korobov (Russia) PTS (19-10)
*Defeated Andy Lee (Ireland) PTS (29-9)
*Defeated Lucian Bute (Romania) KO-4
*Defeated Yordanis Despaigne (Cuba) PTS (29-26)
*Defeated Oleg Mashkin (Ukraine) RSCI-2

*2004 Middleweight Olympic Silver Medalist as a member of the Kazakhstani Olympic Team. His results were:
*Defeated Ali Ahmed Khan (Pakistan) 31-10
*Defeated Ramadan Yasser (Egypt) 31-20
*Defeated Andre Dirrell (USA) 23-18
*Lost to Gaydarbek Gaydarbekov (Russia) 18-28

Professional Boxing
Contracted To Universum
After ending his amateur career in 2005 Golovkin would sign a professional deal with the then massive Universum Box-Promotion (UBP) and made his professional debut in May 2006. By the end of 2008 Golovkin's record stood at an excellent 14-0 (11) and whilst his best win was over Ian Gardner it was obvious that he had the talent to reach the top as long he was let off the proverbial leash.

Unfortunately under Universum that didn't seem likely to happen any time soon and Golovkin was given 4 more relatively easy bouts in 2009. In 2010 Universum started to run in to financial issues after having been dropped by German television channel ZDF. This caused a number of issues for Golovkin who was effectively unable to fight in Germany, and contract disputes between the two parties got complicated.

Golovkin terminated his contract with Universum in January 2010, stating in an interview "The reason for this decision is that I've always been placed behind Felix Sturm and Sebastian Zbik by Universum.

Our demands to fight against Felix Sturm or Sabastian Zbik have been always rejected on absurd grounds. Universum had no real plan or concept for me, they did not even try to bring my career forward. They would rather try to prevent me from winning a title as long as Sturm and Zbik are champions. Further more, bouts against well-known and interesting opponents were held out in prospect, but nothing happened. This situation was not acceptable. It was time to move forward."

Signing With K2 And Training With Abel Sanchez
Golovkin was determined to become a Worldwide name, dreaming of following in the Klitschko brothers’ footsteps by fighting in Madison Square Garden and Staples Center. He signed with K2 and went into training in Big Bear, Calif., with Abel Sanchez, the veteran trainer behind a Hall of Famer Terry Norris and many other top talents. Sanchez was stunned by and impressed with Golovkin’s talent and attitude from their first meeting. He has since then worked to add Mexican-style aggression to Golovkin’s Kazakh-style amateur discipline, thereby producing a formidable hybrid champion. “I have a chalkboard in the gym, and I wrote Ali’s name, Floyd Mayweather’s name and his name,” Sanchez said. “I told him, `You could be right there.’ He was all sheepish, but once I felt his hands, and I saw how smart he was in the ring and how he caught on... sheesh. He’s going to be the most-avoided fighter in boxing, or he’s going to get the chance he deserves.”

Winning The WBA Middleweight Title
On August 14, 2010, Gennady Golovkin got his 1st major middleweight title. He won the vacant WBA Interim Middleweight Title, defeating Milton Nunez by 1st-round KO in Panama City, Panama. He was later promoted to the status of WBA Regular Champion after the current champion at the time Felix Sturm was promoted to Super Champion by the WBA.

Title Defences
In December 2010, he made his first successful WBA title defence by defeating Colombia's Nilson Julio Tapia via KO in the 3rd round. In Golovkin's first fight of 2011, he defended his belt against former IBF Light Middleweight champion Kassim Ouma, defeating him in the 10th round by TKO.

Dual Champion - Winning The IBO Middleweight Title
In December 2011, Golovkin fought against 2-time World title challenger Lajuan Simon for the vacant IBO Middleweight Title. Simon had never been stopped before and Golovkin floored him with a left hook in the first round which he was unable to get up from, winning his 2nd World Title in the process.

Defending The WBA And IBO Belts
Golovkin successfully defended his WBA title for the 4th time and IBO title for the 1st when he took on and defeated Japan's Makoto Fuchigami, earning a TKO victory in the 3rd round. Both of these fights were broadcast on Box Nation, exposing Golovkin to English viewers who were impressed with his performances.

HBO Debut And Fighting In America
Golovkin vs Proksa
Golovkin put on an impressive performance in his American debut on HBO by battering, at the time, The Ring's #10 Rated Middleweight Grzegorz Proksa(28-1 21 KO) until a stoppage was called in the fifth round, becoming the first one to TKO or KO him. In October when Super WBA Middleweight Champion Daniel Geale signed to fight Anthony Mundine in a rematch, the WBA stripped Geale of the title and named Golovkin the sole WBA champion at middleweight.

Golovkin vs Rosado
Golovkin followed up his Proksa win with a TKO victory over The Ring's #9 Rated Jr. Middleweight Gabriel Rosado(21-5 13 KO) on the HBO Salido-Garcia card in the co-main event. The fight was halted when Rosado’s corner threw in the towel to save Rosado, who was battered and bleeding heavily from his nose and left eye.

Golovkin vs Ishida
On 30 March 2013 Golovkin became the first person to knock out former WBA interim super welterweight champion Nobuhiro Ishida(24-8-2 9 KO), finishing him in the third round with a vicious overhand right.

Golovkin vs Macklin
On June 30, 2013 Golovkin successfully defended his titles against Matthew Macklin(29-4 20 KO). Many people felt that this fight would be the toughest of Golovkin's career, against a 2-time World title challenger and Ring Magazine's #5 rated middleweight to retain his IBO and WBA belts, but as it turned out the powerful boxer had absolutely no trouble dispatching of Matthew Macklin. From the opening bell, Golovkin was the more aggressive fighter, landing more punches and with significantly greater power. In round 3, Golovkin closed the show with a picture perfect left hook to the body. Golovkin set it up perfectly, trapping Macklin against the ropes, creating the opening with an uppercut, then blasting the body with a hook to the liver. The tough Macklin went down hard and didn't even come close to making it back to his feet.Golovkin's victory over Macklin, earned him a spot as one of the very best in the division.

Golovkin vs Stevens
On November 2, 2013, he successfully defended his titles against The Ring's #9 Rated Middleweight Curtis Stevens(25-3 18 KO) via an eighth-round technical knockout, methodically breaking down the latter with many ferocious punches to the head and body. Stevens went down hard in the 2nd from two left hooks to the head, and after watching their fighter absorb enormous punishment Stevens’ corner called for a halt in the 8th. The event captured huge interest around the World, with it being broadcast in more than 100 countries Worldwide, including SKY in the United Kingdom, Channel 1 in Russia and Polsat TV in Poland. The win was Golovkin's 15th straight stoppage victory and further cemented his status as one of the greatest finishers in the middleweight division.

Golovkin's camp made a request for Golovkin to become WBA (Super) Middleweight champion in December 2013, but this was refused by the WBA due to the fact that Golovkin was already granted special permission for a fight prior to his mandatory commitment.

Golovkin vs Adama
Golovkin's tenth title defence took place in Monte Carlo on February 1, 2014 against former title challenger Osumanu Adama (22-3 16KO), which he won by seventh round stoppage. At the end of the 1st round, Golovkin dropped Adama with a solid jab and right hand. Golovkin went on to drop Adama again in the 6th by landing two sharp left hooks to his head, and then again in the 7th with a hard jab. Golovkin then nailed Adama with a left hook to the jaw, sending Adama staggering and forcing the referee to stop the bout.

The WBA (Super) Middleweight Title
On June 3, 2014 the World Boxing Association has officially elevated middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (who at the time has ten successful title defences since August 14, 2010) to the status of WBA (Super) Champion. Golovkin was also granted a special permission from the WBA to defend his title against Daniel Geale on HBO July 26. Golovkin had been previously ordered to face #2 Jarrod Fletcher.

Golovkin vs Geale
On July 26, 2014, Golovkin defended his title for the 11th time, defeating The Rings #2 Rated Middleweight Daniel Geale via a third round stoppage. Golovkin dropped Geale in the second round. A right hand in the third sent Geale down again from which he never recovered completely. A staggering Geale prompted a swift stoppage from referee Michael Ortega. Geale's defeat started from a stiff Golovkin Jab, according to GGG's trainer Abel Sanchez. The accuracy of punches by both fighters were at the 29% mark by Compubox, but the effectiveness of those that connected resulted in a noteworthy win for Golovkin in his record.

Golovkin vs Rubio
On October 18, 2014, Golovkin defended his title in a championship unification bout against interim WBC Middleweight Champion Marco Antonio Rubio. The fight took place at the StubHub Center in Carson, California on HBO. Rubio was knocked out in the 2nd round from an overhand left. In the post fight interview Golovkin called out Middleweight champion Miguel Cotto.

Golovkin vs Murray
On February 21, 2015, Golovkin defended his middleweight titles against British fighter Martin Murray in Monte Carlo, returning to the site after a pair of recent wins over Nobuhiro Ishida and Osumanu Adama. Martin Murray started the fight off well defensively, but by the fourth round Golovkin began to heat up and started finding Murray consistently, eventually knocking him down twice in round 4. Golovkin then found it much easier to land his punches on Murray in the middle-rounds, although Murray's chin withstood a lot of Golovkin punches in those middle-rounds, he eventually went down again in round 10 after sustaining a lot of punishment.

Murray came out for round 11 and therefore had lasted longer in the ring with Golovkin than any other of his opponents so far, although Murray came out with a bloodied countenance and Golovkin continued to connect with shots, the referee stopped the bout as he felt Murray was not fighting back effectively and had taken too many punches.

Golovkin's victory over Murray was his 13th consecutive successful title defence, placing him third all-time in consecutive middleweight title defences behind Bernard Hopkins (20) and Carlos Monzón (14).

Golovkin vs Monroe
On May 16, 2015, Golovkin faced Willie Monroe Jr a middleweight prospect who had just come off a dominating victory over Brian Vera. Monroe put on a spirited effort, tagging Golovkin frequently with southpaw left hands, but the champion appeared unfazed and was relentless in his pursuit of the slick contender. Golovkin would drop Monroe three times in the bout; twice in the second round and once in the sixth round. When the referee asked Monroe if he wished to continue after the third knockdown, the visibly exhausted and battered Monroe shook his head.

Golovkin vs Lemieux
Golovkin defeated David Lemieux via eighth round knockout on October 17, 2015, at Madison Square Garden to unify his WBA (Super), IBO, and WBC Interim Middleweight titles with Lemieux's IBF title. With this 21st consecutive knockout victory, Golovkin passed Monzón for most consecutive middleweight title defences with 15.

Personal Life
When not training at Big Bear, California, Golovkin lived in Germany, where he moved to in 2006. He and his wife Alina have a son named Vadim, who is in primary school. Golovkin speaks four languages: Kazakh, German, Russian and English. He has a fraternal twin brother named Maxim, who was also a talented amateur boxer and joined Gennady's camp and team in 2012. At the end of 2014 Gennady moved with his family to Los Angeles.

Golovkin vs Wade
On February 10, 2016, it was announced that Golovkin would defend his IBF and WBA middleweight titles on HBO against IBF mandatory challenger Dominic Wade (18–0, 12 KOs) on April 23 at the Forum in Inglewood, California. This bout wasn't expected to be very competitive for Golovkin, who also stated that he wouldn't underestimate Wade and added, "I’m happy to fight again at the Forum in front of my fans and friends in Los Angeles, Dominic Wade is a very hungry and skilled middleweight who is undefeated and will be another big test for me." Wade was very thankful for getting the opportunity to fight Golovkin, "I am so grateful to be given the opportunity to fight ‘GGG’ for the IBF Middleweight Championship on April 23 I’ve worked hard my entire career to get to this point. I’m poised and ready to take on the challenge." The card was co-featured by Roman Gonzalez who successfully defended his WBC flyweight title with a unanimous points decision over McWilliams Arroyo. Golovkin successfully defended his World Middleweight titles with an early stoppage of Wade, his 22nd successive knockout. Unbeaten Wade was knocked down three times before the fight was stopped with 23 seconds remaining in round 2. Golovkin reportedly earned a career high $2m for this fight compared to the $500,000 that Wade earned.

Golovkin vs Alvarez negotiations
Following Saúl Álvarez's victory against Miguel Cotto, talks began between the Golovkin and Alvarez camps over the future WBC title defence. In the end, an agreement was ultimately reached to allow interim bouts before the fight to, in the words of WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman, "maximize the interest in their highly anticipated showdown. The fight was anticipated to take place well into 2016.

On May 18, 2016, Álvarez vacated the WBC middleweight title, which resulted in Golovkin being immediately awarded the title by the WBC who officially recognized him as their middleweight champion.

Golovkin vs Brook
On July 8, 2016, it was announced that Golovkin would fight undefeated British IBF Welterweight Champion Kell Brook (36–0, 25 KOs). The fight took place on September 10, 2016, at the O2 Arena in London, England. Brook was scheduled to fight in a unification bout against Jessie Vargas, whereas there was negotiations for Golovkin to fight Chris Eubank Jr., however negotiations fell through and Brook agreed to move up two weight divisions to challenge Golovkin. This was Golovkin's 17th World title defence. The fight aired in the United States on HBO and on Sky Box Office pay-per-view in the United Kingdom. Golovkin came out aggressively, going as far as to buckle the Englishman's legs in the first round. He was met with stiff resistance as Brook began to fire back, connecting multiple clean combinations on Golovkin, none of which were able to faze him.

In the second round Brook had his greatest success of the fight, but in the process had his right eye socket broken. Over the next three rounds, Golovkin began to break Brook down. The Englishman showed courage, determination and a great chin as he absorbed the bulk of a Golovkin onslaught. Despite this, Brook's corner threw in the towel to protect their fighter's damaged right eye, ending the fight in the fifth round with both boxers still standing.

Golovkin vs Jacobs
Following the win over Brook, there were immediate talks of a WBA unification fight against 'Regular' champion Daniel Jacobs (32–1, 29 KOs), as part of WBA's plan to reduce the amount of World titles in each division from three to one.
Team Golovkin spoke of fighting Billy Joe Saunders after the Jacob's fight which would be a middleweight unification fight for all the belts.

The date discussed initially was 10 December, which Golovkin's team had on hold for Madison Square Garden. The date was originally set by HBO for Alvarez after he defeated Liam Smith, but Canelo confirmed he would not be fighting again until 2017 after fracturing his right thumb.

There was ongoing negotiations between Tom Loeffler and Al Haymon about the split in purses, if the fight goes to purse bids, it would be a 75–25 split with Golovkin taking the lions share due to him being the 'Super' champion. As the negotiations continued, Jacobs wanted a better split, around 60–40. The WBA granted an extension for the negotiation period on 7 October, as the two sides originally had until October 10 to come to an arrangement or else a purse bid would be due. There was also a request to change the purse bid split to 60–40, which the WBA declined. Golovkin started his training camp for the fight on 17 October.

Loeffler told the LA Times on 18 October, although the negotiations remain active, the fight will not take place on December 10. A new date for early 2017 would need to be set, still looking at Madison Square Garden to host the fight. Golovkin prides himself on being an extremely active fighter, and this is the first year since 2012 that he has been in fewer than three fights. WBA president Gilberto Mendoza confirmed in an email to RingTV that a deal had to be made by 5pm on December 7 or a purse bid would be held on December 19 in Panama. Later that day, the WBA announced a purse bid would be scheduled with a minimum bid of $400,000, with Golovkin receiving 75% and Jacobs 25%. Although purse bids were announced, Loeffler stated he would carry on negotiations, hopeful that a deal would be reached before the purse bid.

On December 17, terms were finally agreed and it was officially announced that the fight would take place at Madison Square Garden in New York City on March 18, 2017 exclusively on HBO PPV. Golovkin tweeted the announcement via whilst Jacobs uploaded a quick video on social media. At the time of the fight, both fighters had a combined 35 consecutive knockouts. It was reported that Golovkin's IBO World title would not be at stake. The IBO website later confirmed the belt would be at stake. HBO officially announced the fight on December 22, being billed as "Middleweight Madness". Loeffler confirmed there was no rematch clause in place. Ultimately, the IBF title was not at stake for Jacobs because he skipped a fight-day weight check. Unlike the other major sanctioning bodies, the IBF requires participants in title fights to submit to a weight check on the morning of the fight, as well as the official weigh-in the day before the fight; at the morning weight check, they can weigh no more than 10 pounds (4.5 kg) above the fight's weight limit.

In front of a sell out crowd of 19,939, the fight went the full 12 rounds. This was the first time that Golovkin fought 12 rounds in his professional career. Golovkin's ring control, constant forward pressure and effective jab lead to a 115-112, 115-112, 114-113 unanimous decision victory, ending his 23 fight knockout streak which dated back to November 2008. ESPN had Golovkin winning 115-112. The opening three rounds were quiet with very little action. In the fourth round, Golovkin dropped Jacobs with a short right hand along the ropes for a flash knockdown. Jacobs recovered, but Golovkin controlled most of the middle rounds. Jacobs was effective in switching between orthodox and southpaw stance, but remained on the back foot. Both boxers were warned once in the fight by referee Charlie Fitch for rabbit punching. According to Compubox punch stats, Golovkin landed 231 of 615 punches (38%) which was more than Jacobs who landed 175 of 541 (32%). Following the fight, many doubted Golovkin did enough to win. Jacobs thought he had won the fight by two rounds and attributed the loss due to the potential big money fight that is Golovkin vs Canelo. Jacobs also stated after being knocked down, he told Golovkin, "he'd have to kill me." In the post-fight interview, Golovkin said, “I’m a boxer, not a killer. I respect the game.” Before revenue shares, it was reported that Golovkin would earn at least $2.5 million compared to Jacobs $1.75 million

Golovkin vs Álvarez
After retaining his belts against Jacobs, Golovkin stated that he wanted to unify the middleweight division and hold all the belts available. British boxer Billy Joe Saunders currently holds the WBO title. After defeating Jacobs, Golovkin said, 'My goal is all the belts in the middleweight division. Of course, Billy Joe is the last one. It is my dream.'' There was rumours of the fight taking place in Golovkin's home country Kazakhstan in June during the EXPO 2017. The last time Golovkin fought in his home country was in 2010. On March 20, Golovkin said that he would fight Saunders in his native Kazakhstan or the O2 Arena in London.

Saunders tweeted on social media that although he didn't watch Golovkin's fight with Jacobs, he was ready to fight him. Saunders claimed to have signed the contract on his end and gave Golovkin a deadline to sign his. On March 29, Frank Warren also stated that Golovkin would have ten days to sign for the fight. Saunders later claimed to have moved on from Golovkin, until Warren said the deal was still in place. Over the next week, Saunders continued to insult Golovkin through social media. On April 7, Warren told iFL TV, that Golovkin had a hand injury, which was the reason why the fight hadn't been made. In the interview, he said, "At the moment, they’re saying that Golovkin’s injured. So we’re waiting to see where this is all going. But as far as I’m concerned, we agreed to terms." It was also noted that he would wait until May 6, for any updates. On April 11, it was reported that the fight would not take place and Golovkin would ultimately focus on a September 2017 fight against Canelo Álvarez.

Immediately after the Chavez fight on May 6, Canelo Álvarez announced that he would next fight Golovkin on the weekend of September 16, 2017 at a location to be determined. Golovkin, who before the fight stated he would not attend, was joined by his trainer Abel Sanchez and promoter Tom Loeffler. Golovkin joined him in the ring during the announcement to help promote their upcoming bout. Speaking through a translator, Álvarez said, "Golovkin, you are next, my friend. The fight is done. I've never feared anyone, since I was 15 fighting as a professional. When I was born, fear was gone." When Golovkin arrived in the ring, he said, "I feel very excited. Right now is a different story. In September, it will be a different style - a big drama show. I'm ready. Tonight, first congrats to Canelo and his team. Right now, I think everyone is excited for September. Canelo looked very good tonight, and 100 percent he is the biggest challenge of my career. Good luck to Canelo in September." In the post-fight press conference, both boxers came face to face and spoke about the upcoming fight.

On May 9, Eric Gomez, president of Golden Boy Promotions told the LA Times that Álvarez had an immediate rematch clause in place on his contract, whereas Golovkin, if he loses, won't be guaranteed a rematch. Oscar De La Hoya later also revealed in an interview with ESPN the fight would take place at the full middleweight limit of 160 pounds with no re-hydration clauses, meaning Golovkin and Álvarez would be able to gain unlimited amount of weight following the weigh-in. On June 5, the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas was announced as the venue of the fight, and would mark the first time Golovkin would fight in Nevada. The AT&T Stadium, Madison Square Garden and Dodgers Stadium missed out on hosting the fight. Eric Gomez of Golden Boy Promotions said in a statement that Álvarez would fight for the IBF meaning he would participate in the second day weigh-in, which the IBF require that each boxer weighs no more than 10 pounds over the 160 pound limit. Although he said there was no word on whether Álvarez would fight for the WBC title, Álvarez claimed that he would not be. On July 7, 2017 Golden Boy and K2 Promotions individually announced the tickets had sold out.

On August 15, Golden Boy matchmaker Robert Diaz revealed that Álvarez would indeed attend the IBF mandatory second day weigh-in and fully intended to fight for the IBF title along with the WBA title. He did make it clear that whilst Golovkin would still defend the WBC and IBO title, Álvarez would not pay their sanctioning fees. On August 22, IBF president Daryl Peoples announced that they would be dropping the mandatory second day weigh-in for unification fights, meaning neither fighters are required to participate, however they would still encourage them to do so. It was reported that Álvarez would earn a base minimum $12 million and Golovkin would earn close to $10 million, before any shares of the revenue are added to their purses.

On fight night, Golovkin and Álvarez fought to a split draw (115-113, 114-114, 110-118). Judge Adalaide Byrd's scorecard of 118-110 in favour of Álvarez was widely ridiculed. Many observers felt that Golovkin had won a narrow, closely contested fight, and while a draw was justifiable, a card that wide in favour of Álvarez was inexcusable. Nevertheless, Bob Bennett, director of the Nevada Athletic Commission, said that he had full confidence on Byrd going forward. Despite the controversy, several mainstream media outlets referred to the bout as a "classic".

Personal Life
When not training at Big Bear, California, Golovkin lived in Germany, where he moved to in 2006. He and his wife Alina have a son named Vadim, who is in primary school. Golovkin speaks four languages: Kazakh, German, Russian and English. He has a fraternal twin brother named Maxim, who was also a talented amateur boxer and joined Gennady's camp and team in 2012. At the end of 2014 Gennady moved with his family to Los Angeles.












Santos Saúl Álvarez Barragán (Spanish pronunciation: (saˈul ˈalβaɾes); born July 18, 1990), commonly known as Saúl Álvarez, or by his nickname "Canelo" Álvarez, is a Mexican. He has held the WBO light middleweight title since 2016, as well as the Ring magazine and lineal middleweight titles since 2015. Previously he held the WBC light middleweight title from 2011 to 2013; the WBA (Unified) and Ring light middleweight titles in 2013; and the WBC middleweight title from 2015 to 2016. As of December 2016, Álvarez is ranked as the World's best boxer, pound for pound, by BoxRec; eighth by The Ring; and tenth by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board.

Beginnings
In an interview, Álvarez explained that he was born in the city of Guadalajara, Jalisco, but his family was at the time living in San Agustín de Tlajomulco de Zúñiga. At the age of five, his family moved to their current home of Juanacatlán, Jalisco. Growing up on his family's farm, he learned horseback riding, which he continues today. Álvarez is the youngest of eight children, seven of them boys; all of his brothers also became professional boxers. Among his brothers are welterweight boxers Ramón Álvarez, Ricardo Álvarez and former Interim WBA World Champion, Rigoberto Álvarez.

"Canelo" in Spanish is the masculine word for cinnamon, which is a common nickname for people with red hair.

Amateur Career
Álvarez started boxing at 13 years old, after watching his older brother Rigoberto Álvarez's debut as a professional boxer. In 2004 he won the silver medal at the Junior Mexican National championships, held in Sinaloa. He became the 2005 Junior Mexican National Boxing Champion in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, at the age of 15. Canelo has an amateur record of 44-2.

Professional Career
Early Years
Álvarez turned professional at 15, shortly after his championship at the Junior Nationals, because his trainers at the time, father-and-son team Chepo and Eddy Reynoso, were unable to find suitable junior opponents for him. In his first 19 months as a professional, he knocked out 11 of his 13 documented opponents, all of whom were significantly older. However, the elder Reynoso stated in 2013 that Álvarez had fought 10 more times in that span, winning all 10 by knockout, but that these fights (all in small venues in the Mexican state of Nayarit) were so poorly documented that it was not worth the trouble to seek to have the record corrected. His weight fluctuated in his three years as a professional including two documented fights within the Light welterweight limit of 140 lbs before he settled in the Welterweight division at 147 lbs.

Álvarez' third official bout of his career was a win over future IBF Lightweight Champion, Miguel Vázquez on January 20, 2006, at his home town of Guadalajara, Jalisco. On June 28, 2008, Álvarez defeated Miguel Vázquez again in a rematch. He also made World history in that fight card when all of his six brothers fought on the same night, Canelo being the youngest. The only downside was that three of them failed to win their pro debuts. The other four more experienced brothers won. On March 6, 2010, he got a crushing third-round knockout over Brian Camechis in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas. Álvarez defeated Jose Miguel Cotto on May 1, 2010, on the Floyd Mayweather vs Shane Mosley undercard in the MGM Grand Garden Arena on HBO PPV to retain his NABF Welterweight title.

Light Middleweight
His sixth-round TKO win over Luciano Leonel Cuello for the WBC Silver Light Middleweight bout was held in the Vicente Fernández Arena. During the post fight interview Mexican singer Vicente Fernández gave Álvarez a horse. He was also given a horse by the mayor of Tepic, where Alvarez sometimes trains.

He next fought against the former WBC Welterweight Champion Carlos Baldomir at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on the Shane Mosley vs Sergio Mora undercard. Baldomir stated in a pre-fight interview that he wants the winner of Mora vs Mosley, as he said "after I knock out El Canelo." Baldomir weighed in at 153.4 pounds for the bout, that was contracted for 151 pounds. In California, if a fighter is overweight he is penalized 20 percent of his purse and that percent is given to the other fighter. However Álvarez declined to take the extra $12,000 from Baldomir. In the 6th round Alvarez landed a crushing blow that knocked Baldomir out cold. Álvarez is the only one to knock Baldomir out and is only the second boxer ever to stop Carlos Baldomir. Álvarez successfully defended his Light Middleweight title unanimously versus former World champion Lovemore N'dou in Veracruz. It was a competitive fight despite the wide margins on the official scorecards of 120-108 (twice) and 119-109.

WBC Light Middleweight Champion
On March 5, 2011, Álvarez defeated EBU Welterweight Champion Matthew Hatton by unanimous decision, for the vacant WBC Light Middleweight belt. The bout was televised on HBO and took place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Alvarez was docked a point in the seventh round for hitting after the break. All three ringside judges scored the bout at 119-108 in favour of Alvarez. He lost 1 point for an illegal punch in the seventh round, which was uniformly scored 9-9. Alvarez landed 47% of his 626 punches, including 53% of his power shots, while Hatton connected with just 25% of his 546 total blows.

Álvarez successfully defended his newly awarded WBC Light Middleweight title against the Ring #4 ranked Super Welterweight and current EBU Light Middleweight Champion, Ryan Rhodes. Álvarez defeated Rhodes by a technical knockout victory in the twelfth round on June 18, 2011, in Guadalajara, Jalisco.

On 17 September 2011, Álvarez successfully defended his title with a TKO in Round 6 over The Contender competitor Alfonso Gomez at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, winning by technical knockout victory in the sixth round. Álvarez got a knockdown in Round 1, but there were a couple cautious rounds that left Gomez winning the majority of the first five rounds. Álvarez was looking for one shot and got it in the sixth round. He backed up Gomez with a right hand and followed up with a flurry to get the referee to jump in and stop the fight.

Álvarez vs Cintron
Alvarez defeated Kermit Cintron in the 5th round by TKO. Alvarez spent the first three rounds feeling out Cintron, a former Welterweight Champion, before punishing the Puerto Rican with body shots and straight right hands in the fourth round. He knocked Cintron down once and had him in trouble at the end of the round, but Cintron was saved by the bell. In the fifth round, Cintron came out and caught Álvarez with some combinations, but Alvarez eventually overpowered him with several powerful straight right hands, and the referee stepped in and stopped it.

Álvarez vs Mosley
Richard Schaefer announced that Álvarez's next bout on May 5, 2012, on the undercard of Miguel Cotto's clash with Floyd Mayweather Jr. at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and co- featured, on Cinco De Mayo. On February 11, Shane Mosley was announced as Álvarez's next opponent on May for his WBC Light Middleweight title. Alvarez defeated Mosley after 12 rounds via unanimous decision.

Álvarez vs Lopez
Álvarez was originally set to fight Ring Top 10 Super Welterweight, and former Welterweight Champion, Paul Williams on September 15, 2012. However, on May 27, 2012, a motorcycle accident in the U.S. state of Georgia paralyzed Williams from the waist down, ending his boxing career. Álvarez's possible opponents for his September bout were James Kirkland, Austin Trout, Delvin Rodriguez and most notably, Victor Ortiz.

Álvarez was scheduled to defend his title against former welterweight titlist Victor Ortiz in the main event of a Showtime PPV card dubbed "Knockout Kings" from the MGM Grand Garden Arena. However, Ortiz was unable to defeat underdog Josesito Lopez in what was supposed to be a "tune-up" fight on June 23 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, losing due to referee stoppage (broken jaw) and cancelling his bout with Alvarez as a result.

Due to this upset, Lopez was instead penciled in to face Canelo at the MGM Grand on the September 15th date, to challenge for Saul's WBC Light Middleweight title. Alvarez won the fight via fifth-round technical knockout after dominating Lopez from start to finish to stay undefeated and increase his record of 41-0.

Álvarez vs Trout
His next fight took place on April 20, 2013 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The fight was supposed to take place during Cinco de Mayo weekend as the co-main event of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. bout against Robert Guerrero; however, due to a contract disagreement between Alvarez and Mayweather regarding their potential fight on September 14, 2013, Alvarez opted to headline his own card. Alvarez successfully defended his WBC Light Middleweight title and won the WBA & the vacant The Ring Magazine Light Middleweight title.

During the first rounds, Trout seemed to have a good game plan. However, Alvarez's power took over after the third round, eventually scoring a knockdown in the seventh round to give Trout the first knockdown of his career. Alvarez set up the knockdown with a pawing left jab, followed by the straight right hand. The fight was closer than expected, but Alvarez still managed to dominate Trout throughout the fight with impressive head movement and shocking power. All three judges scorecards were in favour of Alvarez with a fair margin (115-112, 116-111 and 118-109). Although the last score card (118-109) created controversy, the majority of sport analysts had Alvarez winning by at least 2 points. Immediately after the bout, Trout stated that he hadn't underestimated Alvarez but that he trained to fight a completely different fighter.

Álvarez vs Mayweather
Álvarez, The Ring Magazine's no. 1 rated Light Middleweight and unified WBC/WBA "regular" Light Middleweight Champion, fought against The Ring Magazine's no. 1 pound for pound fighter, WBA super welterweight champion and WBC/The Ring Magazine Welterweight Champion, Floyd Mayweather Jr., on September 14, 2013.

Mayweather held a World title at welterweight (147 pounds), but he also still owned a junior middleweight title (154), which he won by outpointing Miguel Cotto in May 2012. And was moving back up in weight to face Alvarez with their belts on the line, although the fight was contested at a catchweight of 152 pounds. The titles disputed for the bout were Alvarez's WBC, WBA "regular" & The Ring Light Middleweight titles, and Mayweather's WBA "super" Light Middleweight title.

Mayweather defeated Alvarez by majority twelve round decision. In a fight that many thought was going to be Floyd Mayweather's toughest, he outclassed the younger Alvarez. Many observers at ringside thought Mayweather won all twelve rounds.

Catchweight Fights At 155 lbs
Álvarez vs Angulo
Álvarez fought Alfredo Angulo on March 8, 2014. Álvarez came out strong, throwing combinations. In a fairly lopsided beating, Álvarez scored a tenth round stoppage over Angulo punctuated by a lead left uppercut.

Álvarez vs Lara
Álvarez fought Erislandy Lara on July 12, 2014, at the MGM Grand in a non-title match. Lara's WBA light middleweight title was not on the line as the fight took place at a 155-pound catchweight, and both fighters weighed in at precisely 155 pounds. Álvarez rehydrated to 171 pounds while Lara came into the ring at 166 pounds. In a very close and competitive fight that went to a split decision, Álvarez came out on top with the two judges scoring 115–113 in favour of each fighter and the final judge scoring 117–111 in favour of Álvarez. The final scorecard was controversial as many observers considered it far too wide. According to CompuBox, Lara landed 55 jabs to nine from Álvarez, who landed the jab at a five percent connect rate. Álvarez managed to land 88 power punches while Lara landed 53 power punches. Lara's clean punching alis defence and movement were weighed against Álvarez's effective aggressiveness. Lara came out in dominant fashion, utilizing a stick-and-move style and capturing the early rounds. Álvarez was later able to hammer away to the body when he had Lara on the ropes but never adjusted to Lara's one-two combinations. Lara's lead hand played a huge role in this combination's effectiveness, but his output dropped in the middle rounds. Álvarez was able to cut Lara with a lead left uppercut in the seventh round. Although the decision remains controversial, any talk of a rematch in the future was dismissed by Oscar De La Hoya who went on to say, "No one wants a rematch."

Álvarez vs Kirkland
On May 9, 2015, Alvarez defeated James Kirkland in a non-title super welterweight bout at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas via third-round knockout. Kirkland came out aggressively, but Alvarez wobbled him and scored a knockdown via straight right hand in round one. In the third round, a counter right uppercut sent Kirkland to the canvas. Alvarez ended the fight with a jab to the body quickly followed by the right hand, creating the knockout.

Álvarez vs Cotto
On November 21, 2015, Álvarez won the WBC, lineal and The Ring middleweight titles with a unanimous decision over Miguel Cotto in front of a sold-out crowd of 11,274 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The fight took place at a catchweight of 155 lbs. Although Cotto gave a tremendous effort, moving nicely throughout the fight, the judges clearly went for Álvarez's brute strength, with surprisingly wide scores of 119-109, 118-110 and 117-111. ESPN.com had the fight much closer at 115-113 for Alvarez. According to CompuBox, Álvarez landed 155 of 484 punches (32 percent), and Cotto landed 129 of 629 (21 percent), with Álvarez landed the heavier blows and inflicting more damage. Two months after the fight, the WBC awarded Álvarez the WBC Diamond middleweight title at their headquarters in Mexico.

Álvarez vs Khan
In early 2016, it was announced that Khan was moving up two weight divisions to middleweight, to fight Álvarez for his lineal, Ring and WBC World middleweight championship titles. The fight took place on 7 May 2016, at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The bout was on HBO PPV. Khan kept his distance in the first 5 rounds, using his speed to come in and step out which initially caused trouble for Canelo. In round 6, Canelo landed a devastating right hand that knocked out Khan. The fight generated a live gate of $7,417,350, according to figures released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. That total came from 13,072 tickets sold, far short of a sellout. The Alvarez-Khan gross places it 34th-best in Nevada history. After the fight, Alvarez and his team invited Middleweight champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin into the ring to promote a future fight with Golovkin. During the post-fight interview with HBO's Max Kellerman, Alvarez stated, "Let's fight now." On May 18, 2016 Alvarez vacated the WBC title he defended in fighting Amir Khan. The WBC immediately awarded the title to Gennady Golovkin.

Return To Light Middleweight
Álvarez vs Smith
It was announced on June 24, Álvarez was to drop the extra pound to 154 and challenge 27 year old, WBO champion Liam Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) from England on September 17, 2016, in the main event on an HBO PPV card. Golden Boy Promotions announced on July 18, the bout would take place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the other venue looking to host the fight was the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Canelo, who had fought his last 5 fights at his preferred 155 lbs catchweight, said, "I am very pleased to announce my next fight against Liam Smith, a tremendous fighter with real knockout power, and the WBO junior middleweight World title owner, I have no doubt that this fight will be give and take, which will fill the expectations of the fans, and I will work with all the enthusiasm as I always do to get the upper hand on Sept. 17."

In front of a record breaking crowd of 51,240, Álvarez regained a World title at light-middleweight following a devastating left hook to the body in round 9. Smith was also knocked down once in round 7 and once in round 8, in a fight where Álvarez was in control from the opening bell. Álvarez landed 157 punches from 422 thrown with a connect rate of 37%, compared to Smith landing 115 from 403 thrown, a connect rate of 29%. The fight drew an estimate of 300,000 PPV buys.

Golden Boy president Eric Gomez spoke to The Ring Magazine in December and stated that Álvarez had no immediate plans to vacate the WBO title and may fight in the first quarter of 2017, at 154, defending his World title. He also stated that there was still plans for Álvarez to fight Golovkin later in the year.

Return To Catchweight
Álvarez vs Chávez Jr.
Following Julio César Chávez Jr.'s comeback win against Dominik Britsch in December 2016, he claimed he was back and ready to fight Golovkin at 168 pounds and Álvarez at a 164 catchweight. Negotiations began soon after for a potential HBO ppv fight to take place in 2017 on the Cinco de Mayo weekend, as there was interest from both sides that a fight take place. De La Hoya said a fight with Golovkin would still be likely for September 2017. Golden Boy president Eric Gomez confirmed a catchweight of 165 lbs was agreed between both sides. WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman was on board and said it was a "very attractive fight." and would likely get his organisation involved in the fight. Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. spoke on December 18 about the ongoing negotiations saying Golden Boy were offering his son a small amount for the potential big ppv fight. He went on to claim his son was offered a $5m purse with no mention he would get a cut of the ppv revenue, a counter offer was submitted. A rematch clause was also discussed, which Chavez Jr. and his team had no problem with. Chavez Sr. went on to admit that he was fully aware Álvarez is the A-side in the fight, and would settle for no less than 30-35% of the full revenue.

On December 22, the WBO made Álvarez the mandatory challenger to the World middleweight title, skipping the previous number 1, Avtandil Khurtsidze, which was considered controversial, due to Álvarez currently not fighting at middleweight. Khurtsidze, who had ten days to appeal decision, decided not to. On December 24, Álvarez and his team gave Chavez a week to accept the terms, which included a purse of $7m, or he would consider other options. On January 12, 2017 De La Hoya and Álvarez called for the contract to be signed, which was supposedly sent to Al Haymon, who advises Chavez Jr. and urged him to sign it. A day later, Chavez Jr. claimed he had agreed all the demands set by Álvarez and was said that he would sign the contract. According to Chavez Jr. the new demands included a weight limit set at 164.5 pounds and a $6 million base purse plus PPV revenue percentages.

On January 13, Álvarez officially confirmed the fight to take place on May 6, 2017. A rematch clause was also put in place if Chavez Jr. wins the fight and another clause for every pound Chavez Jr. weighs over the limit, he would be fined $1 million. On February 4, Golden Boy Promotions announced announced that the fight would take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. On February 22, Álvarez announced that he planned on vacating his WBO light middleweight title following the Chávez Jr. fight and fighting at middleweight. The fight was announced a sell out on March 3 with 20,000 tickets being sold after they initially went on sale to the public on February 20. Álvarez spoke to boxing reporters on April 11, in a teleconference, he said that he would fight as a 160-pound middleweight after the Chávez Jr. fight.

According to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, it was reported that Álvarez would earn $5 million and Chávez would earn $3 million before any shares of PPV. The figures would increase based on PPV sales.

In front of a sold-out crowd of 20,510, Álvarez won the fight by a shutout unanimous decision in dominating fashion. All three judges scored it 120-108 for Álvarez. Chávez was very cautious throughout the fight. At times, he came forward and also had Álvarez against the ropes, but failed to throw any punches. This led to jeers from the crowd in the later rounds due to lack of action. Álvarez spoke to HBO's Max Kellerman in the post fight interview, speaking of his fighting style, "Tonight, I showed I could move, I could box, I showed as a fighter I can do all things. I thought I was going to showcase myself as a fighter that could throw punches, but he just wouldn't do it. I've shown I can do lots of things in the ring, anything a fighter brings, I've shown I can showcase myself." CompuBox Stats showed that Álvarez landed 228 of 604 his punches thrown (38%) and Chávez landed 71 of 302 (24%). By the end of round 5, Álvarez landed 102 punches compared to Chávez's 25 landed. Early figures revealed that the fight generated at least 1 million buys. A replay was shown on regular HBO a week later and drew an average of 769,000 viewers. This was the first boxing match to generate over 1 million PPV buys that didn't include Mayweather, Pacquiao or De La Hoya since 2002, which saw Lennox Lewis retain his heavyweight World titles against Mike Tyson. Later sources confirmed the fight did close to 1.2 million buys, which means it would have generated around $80 million.

Middleweight
Álvarez vs Golovkin
Immediately after the Chávez fight, Álvarez announced that he would next fight Gennady Golovkin on the weekend of September 16, 2017 at a location to be determined. Golovkin, who stated he would not attend the fight, was joined by his trainer Abel Sanchez and promoter Tom Loeffler. Golovkin joined him in the ring during the announcement to help promote their upcoming bout. Speaking through a translator, Álvarez said, "Golovkin, you are next, my friend. The fight is done. I've never feared anyone, since I was 15 fighting as a professional. When I was born, fear was gone." When Golovkin arrived in the ring, he said, "I feel very excited. Right now is a different story. In September, it will be a different style - a big drama show. I'm ready. Tonight, first congrats to Canelo and his team. Right now, I think everyone is excited for September. Canelo looked very good tonight, and 100 percent he is the biggest challenge of my career. Good luck to Canelo in September."

On May 9, Eric Gomez, president of Golden Boy Promotions told the LA Times that Álvarez had an immediate rematch clause in place on his contract, whereas Golovkin, if he loses, won't be guaranteed a rematch. De La Hoya later also revealed in an interview with ESPN the fight would take place at the full middleweight limit of 160 pounds with no re-hydration clauses, meaning Golovkin and Álvarez would be able to gain unlimited amount of weight following the weigh-in. On June 5, the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas was announced as the venue of the fight, and would mark the first time Golovkin would fight in the state of Nevada. The AT&T Stadium, Madison Square Garden and Dodgers Stadium missed out on hosting the fight. Eric Gomez of Golden Boy Promotions said in a statement that Álvarez would fight for the IBF meaning he would participate in the second day weigh-in, which the IBF require that each boxer weighs no more than 10 pounds over the 160 pound limit. Although he said there was no word on whether Álvarez would fight for the WBC title, Álvarez claimed that he would not be. On July 7, 2017 Golden Boy and K2 Promotions individually announced the tickets had sold out.

On August 15, Golden Boy matchmaker Robert Diaz revealed that Álvarez would indeed attend the IBF mandatory second day weigh-in and fully intended to fight for the IBF title along with the WBA title. He did make it clear that whilst Golovkin would still defend the WBC and IBO title, Álvarez would not pay their sanctioning fees. On August 22, IBF president Daryl Peoples announced that they would be dropping the mandatory second day weigh-in for unification fights, meaning neither fighters are required to participate, however they would still encourage them to do so. It was reported that Álvarez would earn a base minimum $12 million and Golovkin would earn close to $10 million, before any shares of the revenue are added to their purses.

On fight night, Golovkin and Álvarez fought to a split draw (115-113, 114-114, 110-118). Judge Adalaide Byrd's scorecard of 118-110 in favour of Álvarez was widely ridiculed. Many observers felt that Golovkin had won a narrow, closely contested fight, and while a draw was justifiable, a card that wide in favour of Álvarez was inexcusable. Nevertheless, Bob Bennett, director of the Nevada Athletic Commission, said that he had full confidence on Byrd going forward. Despite the controversy, several mainstream media outlets referred to the bout as a "classic".