LAS VEGAS — There would be no controversy on this night. Canelo Alvarez was faster and stronger and simply outworked his rival. He upended Gennadiy Golovkin in a definitive unanimous decision victory to retain his undisputed super middleweight crown Saturday at T-Mobile Arena.
Unlike their previous two outings, which were marred by controversy, Canelo (58-2-2) made a statement from the outset of the third fight. He took the center of the ring and routinely beat Golovkin (42-2-1) to the punch.
Maybe it was the added weight or the age, but the 40-year-old Golovkin just couldn’t get going after campaigning his entire career at 160 pounds.
Golovkin outworked Canelo in each of their first two meetings, and plenty of observers believed that GGG deserved at least one win. That wasn’t the case Saturday.
GGG did find success in the middle rounds and briefly stunned Canelo in the ninth with a right hand. But it was too little, too late. Canelo had banked enough rounds to ensure victory.
“It didn’t surprise me,” Canelo said of GGG’s late rally. “I know him. He’s a strong fighter. For me, I’m just glad to share the ring with him. He’s a really good fighter. I’m glad to be involved in that kind of fight.”
It wasn’t quite the barnburner the first two fights were, but it was still a great fight that saw one of the best boxers of this generation end a heated rivalry with respect. Canelo and GGG embraced afterward and stated that the bad blood was over.
“Thank you so much my friend, thank you Golovkin, thank you for everything,” said Canelo. “We gave the fans three good fights. Thank you for everything.”
Golovkin’s future is in question. He could retire, but he wouldn’t confirm that following the second loss of his career. Instead, he suggested a move back to 160 pounds to defend his titles.
“Remember, I’m still champion at 160,” Golovkin said. “I come back guys, I’m still champion.”
Canelo injured his left hand in the fight and said he needs some rest. When he returns, he could go after a rematch with Dimitry Bivol or stay at 168 pounds and defend his titles.
But for now, one of the best boxing feuds in recent memory is over, without any controversy or confusion.
Here’s how it all went down.
Canelo vs. GGG 3 live results, updates
Canelo ends GGG rivalry with dominant performance
Scores: 116-112, 115-113, 115-113
Round 12: Canelo isn’t gonna take the round off and slugs GGG with a hook. They are grinding down each other with punches on the inside but Canelo is still fresher and faster. A lot of clinching by both fighters draws boos as they try to get inside. Canelo lands a hard jab. The crowd is on its feet as they battle to the end but the rivalry is over. Canelo has won definitively.
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9, Canelo (116-112, Canelo)
Round 11: Canelo goes to work to open the round. GGG lands an uppercut but Canelo lands a harder one. GGG’s working the jab and tries to find an opening. They mix it up on the inside. Sweeping hook from Canelo punctuates the round.
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9, Canelo (106-103, Canelo)
Round 10: GGG lands another big right hand that snaps Canelo’s head back. The momentum might be shifting but GGG is in a pretty deep hole. Hard left to the body from Canelo. Uppercut by GGG and he lands a hook. Canelo barely misses an uppercut that would have been a problem but GGG lands one of his own and a hook for good measure. Three hard jabs from GGG.
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9, GGG (96-94, Canelo)
Round 9: Big uppercut by Canelo and a right hook follows. They are trading. GGG with a hook that rocks Canelo. Canelo bounces back with a combination. That’s the hardest Canelo has been hit tonight. GGG working on Canelo on the ropes. Big right hand from GGG. GGG runs into a brilliant combination by Canelo. Whew, that was the most action in a round but GGG is probably too far behind.
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9, GGG (87-84, Canelo)
Round 8: GGG tries to find the jab and eats a left hook from Canelo. GGG runs him into a left hand. Canelo pumps a pair of jabs and barely misses an uppercut. They exchange hooks and both are unbothered. Canelo goes to the body. GGG puts him on the end of a trio of jabs. GGG lands a hook and an uppercut. Rips Canelo with a hard combination along the ropes. Canelo battles back. A close round.
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9, GGG (78-74, Canelo)
Round 7: Canelo comes forward and goes big. Short right hand cracks GGG. Canelo barely misses an uppercut. Feels like he took the last round off and is energized. GGG stops Canelo pressing with a jab for a moment. Another short right lands for Canelo. GGG lands a short uppercut of his own. Canelo is unbothered and fires an overhand right. Whatever GGG thought he found, Canelo took away.
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9, Canelo (69-64, Canelo)
Round 6: Canelo walks into a jab but his upper-body movement keeps him from being touched by the rest of GGG’s combination. GGG lands a hard right hand and a three-punch combination. GGG picking up the pace now. GGG pressing forward. Uppercut lands. Canelo not doing much at the end of the round gives it away.
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9, GGG (59-55, Canelo)
Round 5: GGG just can’t find Canelo with the power shots. Canelo lands a combination to the head and body and a hard hook to the body. GGG is getting outgunned. GGG with a hard jab and digs to the body. Big body shot from Canelo moves GGG backward. Huge overhand right lands from Canelo and moves GGG backward. Masterful performance thus far.
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9, Canelo (50-45, Canelo)
Round 4: Canelo lands a hard right over the top and goes to the body. Canelo is digging with the power shots. GGG is blocking but not offering much in return. Sweeping left hook from Canelo lands flush. Short right hand from GGG. This is an excellent performance from Canelo so far.
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9, Canelo (40-36, Canelo)
Round 3: GGG’s jab is sharp but Canelo being busy is the issue. Hard left hand from Canelo lands. Another to the body. Canelo is turning up the heat. Big left hand from Canelo lands. Canelo is on the hunt.
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9, Canelo (30-27, Canelo)
Round 2: GGG is landing that jab. Catches Canelo with one coming in. Canelo misses a lunging hook. He’s trying to take GGG’s head off. GGG with a jab and shot to the body. He’s not sitting on his punches just yet. Short left hook from GGG lands. Canelo returns to the body and lands a right hand over the top. GGG with another hard jab. Yet another close round. Canelo is a little busier.
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9, Canelo (20-18, Canelo)
Round 1: Canelo misses a wide hook and eats a jab. Canelo looking to start fast. He needs to. GGG sticking the jab. Canelo is loading up and lands a hard right hand. Body shot from Canelo. GGG continues to find a home for the jab. Canelo aggressively looking for an opening. GGG keeping it tight and measured. More jabs from GGG. Very close round.
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9, Canelo
11:30 p.m.: The national anthems have been sung. It’s time for Canelo Alvarez and Gennadiy Golovkin to complete their trilogy!
Jesse Rodriguez retains title with a dominant outing against Israel Gonzalez
Scores: 118-109, 117-110, 114-113
11:04 p.m.: Well, he didn’t get the knockout but Bam was absolutely dominant. Rodriguez was docked a point in the ninth round for a low blow. But he still was committed to the body attack and seemingly scored a knockdown with a body shot. However, Gonzalez said the punch strayed low and it wasn’t ruled. He tried to finish the job in the 12th round but Gonzalez was a tough nut to crack. Somehow, one judge only had it 114-113. We’ll act like that never happened.
10:54 p.m.: Surprisingly, Gonzalez is still here and fighting back as we head into the championship rounds. Rodriguez is comfortably ahead but he didn’t come here to win a decision. Gonzalez refuses to back down but will need a miracle to pull off the comeback.
10:39 p.m.: This is about to get ugly. Rodriguez is landing with alarming frequency and the punches are rolling downhill. Gonzalez is a game fighter but the talent gap is just too wide for him to overcome. Bam has started to add more power punches between the jabs and Gonzalez isn’t taking the punches as well as he was earlier in the fight. We’re heading into Round 8.
10:25 p.m.: Rodriguez is starting to crank up the pressure and landing with his jab and lead right in the fourth round. It certainly feels like he has things figured out in the fourth round. Bam also promised that this wouldn’t go the distance.
10:12 p.m.: The co-main event is up now with Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez defending his WBC super flyweight title against Israel Gonzalez. Bam is expected to dominate. Let’s see if he does.
Ali Ahkmedov pitches shutout against Gabriel Rosado
10:04 p.m.: Rosado has been known to give even the best fighters a rough go, but he just couldn’t outbox Ali Akhmedov and was shut out over the course of 10 rounds. All three judges saw it in favor of Akhmedov with 100-90 scores, and the action in the ring reflected the dominant scorecards. Rosado simply didn’t have anything for Akhmedov on this night and at 36, Father Time isn’t on his side.
9:14 p.m.: Up next is Gabriel Rosado against Ali Akhmedov in super middleweight action. Rosado gave Jamie Munguia all he could handle and should have earned decisions over Daniel Jacobs and Shane Mosley Jr. Akhmedov is looking to get back on track after being upset by Carlos Gongora back in 2020.
Austin Williams picks up decision victory over Keiron Conway
9:01 p.m.: It wasn’t the greatest performance but a ninth-round knockdown helped a relatively out-of-sync Williams earn a unanimous decision over Conway with scores of 96-93, 97-92 and 97-92. He’s still undefeated and will aim to have a better performance his next time out. The talent is certainly there. We have to wonder where his head is at these days.
8:35 p.m.: Austin “Ammo” Williams is one of the young fighters to watch but he hasn’t looked all that great through five rounds against Keiron Conway in middleweight action. Williams hasn’t quite looked like himself all week and has had some mental health issues to overcome. Could they be plaguing him here?
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When is Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennadiy Golovkin 3?
- Date: Saturday, Sept. 17
- Main card: 8 p.m. ET | 1 a.m. BST | 10 a.m. AEST (Sunday)
- Main event: 11 p.m. ET | 4 a.m. BST | 1 p.m. AEST (approximate)
Canelo Alvarez will face off against Gennadiy Golovkin for the third time on Saturday, Sept. 17. The main card will air at 8 p.m. ET | 1 a.m. BST (Sunday) | 10 a.m. AEST (Sunday). Canelo and GGG should make their way to the ring around 11 p.m. ET | 4 a.m. BST | 1 p.m. AEST, depending on how long the undercard fights last.
How to watch Canelo vs. GGG 3
The Canelo vs. GGG main card will air on DAZN, which will show the fight via a special pay-per-view format.
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Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennadiy Golovkin 3 PPV price: How much does the card cost?
- DAZN monthly subscription: $19.99 in the U.S., $20 in Canada, £7.99 in the U.K.
- DAZN annual subscription: $99.99 in the U.S., $150 in Canada
Because it is a pay-per-view event, the fight will cost $64.99 in the United States for current subscribers and $84.99 for new subscribers.
In Canada, the cost of the DAZN PPV will be $64.99 for current subscribers and $89.98 for new subscribers.
Customers in the U.K. can sign up for DAZN for £7.99 per month. The fight will cost £9.99 for current subscribers and £17.98 for new subscribers.
In Australia, the DAZN PPV will cost $44.99 AUD for current subscribers and $48.98 AUD for new subscribers.
Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennadiy Golovkin 3 fight card
- Canelo Alvarez (c) vs. Gennadiy Golovkin for the WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO and The Ring super middleweight titles
- Jesse Rodriguez (c) vs. Israel Gonzalez for the WBC super flyweight title
- Diego Pacheco vs. Enrique Collazo for the WBC USNBC (Silver) super middleweight title
- Ali Akhmedov vs Gabe Rosado for the IBF North American super middleweight title
- Austin Williams vs. Kieron Conway for the WBA International middleweight title
- Marc Castro vs. Kevin Mendoza; lightweights
- Aaron Aponte vs. Fernando Molina; super lightweights
- Anthony Herrera vs. Delvin McKinley; super flyweights