IN what will surely go down as one of the closest and most hard-fought middleweight title fights in recent history, Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) went toe-to-toe in 12 rounds of non-stop action to defeat the reigning WBC, WBA and IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs) by majority decision in their middleweight championship rematch at T-Mobile Arena.
“I showed my victory with facts,” said the newly crowned WBC, WBA, Ring Magazine and lineal middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez. “He was the one who was backing up. I feel satisfied because I gave a great fight. It was a clear victory.”
“I’m not going to say who won tonight, because the victory belongs to Canelo according to the judges,” said Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. “I thought it was a very good fight for the fans and very exciting. I thought I fought better than he did.“
David Lemieux (40-4, 34KOs) of Montreal, Canada defeated Gary O’Sullivan (28-3, 22KOs) of Cork, Ireland via knockout in the first round of a middleweight bout scheduled for 12 rounds. Lemieux earned a chance at the WBA Middleweight Title by stopping O’Sullivan at 2:44 seconds of the aforementioned round.
“I was very happy to win. I’m a happy middleweight,” said David Lemieux. “I felt great, and I’m in superb shape. I always give you guys a great knockout and a great fight. I’m looking forward to doing it again. Don’t mess with me – when O’Sullivan talked, I kept it in me. I bring it to the ring, I don’t disrespect my opponents. I don’t trash talk. Canelo and Golovkin are two excellent fighters. I’m looking forward to fighting them both.”
“Unfortunately, this is boxing,” said Gary O’Sullivan. “I got caught, and it just so happens it was against a 179-pound light heavyweight who caught me. That was a big weight discrepancy at fight time.”