Quijano: Old, pudgy Golovkin no match for Canelo

Quijano: Old, pudgy Golovkin no match for Canelo

Regrettably, the third fight turned out to be quite anti-climactic as Gennady Golovkin showed his age and the toll all those wars over the years must have taken on his body.

Plus, he looked quite pudgy and soft around the middle, a far cry from the usual hale, vigorous physique he paraded while he buzz-sawed his way through the middleweight division.

The fact that he moved up to 168 lbs. could be a factor, but I doubt he could have performed any better no matter what weight class he fought Canelo Alvarez (58-2, 39 KOs) in their third installment.

THE FIGHT. I thought Golovkin had one more big fight in him and it would take the challenge that Canelo brings to the table to summon that epic performance, but alas, it was not meant to be.

Canelo fought as well as he could have, showing off that incredible skill set that propelled him to the apogee of the sport.

He had faster hands, better timing and threw more combinations. He dominated the first half of the fight, making GGG appear slow, uncoordinated and quite simply, old.

Golovkin didn’t seem to have any backup plan, but if you think about it, he never really had to make one up throughout the course of his entire career as he only knew one way to fight, come forward throwing hard punches.

That netted him the tremendous success he enjoyed as he sowed fear throughout the middleweight division. But that style is and was, entirely dependent on one’s strength, athleticism and constitution. But as one ages, those traits begin to wane and against Canelo last Sunday, that 40- year old body could not anymore muster enough vigor to overcome such a talented opponent.

Golovkin did come strong in the final four rounds as got his second wind, but it was partly because Canelo also took his feet off the pedal, but whatever offensive output GGG churned out simply wasn’t enough.

The scorecards were surprisingly close (115-113 twice, 116-112) all for Alvarez, but it was clear that the latter has finally settled the issue about who between him and his bitter rival was the better fighter.

Post-fight, it was announced that Golovkin (42-2, 37KOs) planned to go back to the middleweight division to defend his belts.

I think he still can be competitive against some of the best out there like Jermall Charlo or David Benavidez, but he wouldn’t come out anymore as the overwhelming favorite.

He might have two or three good fights left in him and regardless of the result, fight fans will always celebrate his take-no-prisoners approach.

LAST ROUND. It’s on my SHS-B ‘89 batchmate Roderick Uy who recently celebrated his birthday. Cheers!


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