Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) still believes IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) should have lost his fight against former WBA World 160 lb. champion Daniel Jacobs (32-2, 29 KOs) on March 18 of this year at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Canelo says he scored it for Jacobs by 2 rounds. Boxing great Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. also had Jacobs winning the fight over Triple G. Chavez didn’t give his thoughts on what he felt the scoring should have been in that fight. Golovkin got the nod from the 3 judges by the scores 114-113, 115-112 and 115-112. What helped Golovkin out was the knockdown he scored in round 4 of the fight.
Jacobs went down when he was hit with a right hand to the head while he was busy trying to change stance from orthodox to southpaw. Jacobs, 30, spent a lot of time changing stances in the fight to try and throw Golovkin off. I don’t know if it did though. Golovkin seemed to attack the same whether Jacobs was in the southpaw or orthodox stance. Jacobs might have over-estimated the results of his switching of stances during the fight. I don’t think it helped him.
”To me, Golovkin lost that fight,” said Chavez Sr. to Fightnew.com.
“I think the same, I believe Jacobs won by two points,” said Jacobs to fightnews.com in discussing his opinion on the Golovkin-Jacobs fight. ”I saw Golovkin in that fight as the Golovkin I knew, I know how he fights, I know him pretty well, I sparred with him, he likes the type of fighters that stand in front of him and that way he can connect and he will knock them out, but a fighter that boxes, moves around, counters, blocks his punches is different story.”
Canelo sounds like a scary bad judge. It’s a good thing Golovkin knocks out most of his opponents, otherwise Canelo might end up scoring more of his fights and saying the same thing. When Canelo’s boxing career is over, he can become a judge and score fights officially. Until then, it doesn’t matter what thoughts are. If Canelo gets knocked out by Golovkin on September 16, then it makes him look worse off to the boxing public, because of his opinion that Golovkin lost to Jacobs.
It would mean that not only is Canelo not as good as Golovkin, he’s also not as good as Jacobs. Heck, Canelo might as well abandon the middleweight division at that point, because he would be No.3 division behind Jacobs at No.1 and Golovkin at No.2. There are a lot of other good middleweights in the division that might be better than all 3 of them. Sergey Derevyachenko, Luis Arias and Jermall Charlo look like highly talented fighters.
It’s neither here nor there whether Canelo and Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. think Golovkin should have lost the Jacobs fight. It’s done with. The judges spoke. They need to move on and live in the present time. It’s not going to help Canelo for him to be talking about how Golovkin should have lost to Jacobs. It doesn’t help Canelo. Jacobs isn’t going to be in the ring fighting for him on September 16 against Golovkin.
It’s not going to validate Canelo’s own career by continuing to say that Jacobs should have beaten Golovkin. Canelo needs to be mature and realize that he’s the one that will be facing Golovkin on September 16, not Jacobs. He can’t fight for him. If Canelo is hoping to cause Golovkin to start doubting himself because he keeps saying that he should have lost to Jacobs, I don’t think that’s going to happen.
Canelo needs something more than just trying to cause Golovkin to lose self-confidence by telling the media repeatedly that he should have lost the fight to Jacobs. The fact of the matter is, more boxing fans think Canelo lost to Austin Trout and Erislandy Lara than they did in thinking Golovkin should have lot to Jacobs.
Jacobs had a chance to win, but was dropped in round 4 by Golovkin. The knockdown really hurt Jacobs’ chances of winning. Moreover, Jacobs was moving too much in the first 6 rounds, and not standing and fighting. You can argue that all the first 6 rounds went to Golovkin. If you do the math, Golovkin won the fight by knocking Jacobs down and winning all the first 6 rounds. However, Golovkin had Jacobs badly hurt in round 10, and he clearly outworked him in round 12.
You’ve got to respect Canelo for him giving his thoughts on the Golovkin-Jacobs fight. It’s probably the smartest thing for Canelo to be talking down Golovkin right now by telling the boxing public that he believes that he was given a decision that he should have lost against Jacobs. By doing that, Canelo is hurting his own promotion by making Golovkin look like a tainted fighter.
Canelo has an opinion like anyone does. He’s not a judge though. He’s just a fighter, so his thoughts on the Golovkin-Jacobs fight are meaningless. Of course, Canelo is no stranger to controversial decisions himself. There are many people, this writer included, who felt that he was given 2 gift decisions over Erislandy Lara and Austin Trout. Canelo won both fights, but he looked like he lost them. The scoring was odd to say to say the least.
If you saw the fights you’d know what I’m talking about. One judge, Stanley Christodoulou, gave Canelo the Trout fight by a 118-109 score. The other two judges scored it 1160-111 and 116-112 for Canelo. Boxing News Results scored the fight 9 rounds to 3 in favor of Trout. Lara fought well enough to win by 8 rounds to 4, but the judges gave Canelo a 12-round split decision win.
Canelo sparred with Golovkin 7 years ago, and he says he still remembers how hard he hit. He wasn’t impressed with Golovkin’s power.
”To be honest, personally I felt his power but it’s not extraordinary as people say it is,” said Canelo. ”Besides, at that time I was only 20 years old, but he is a fighter that has power, he has a great chin. He can take the punches well and that’s even tougher because you can hit him and hit him and he is still there. That’s what I felt the day we sparred, but I always believe that we should not base ourselves or our work on a sparring session, fighting for real is different. In sparring one may be tired, the other fighter also may be tired from so much training, so fighting under the lights is a completely different story.”
It’s hard to really buy into the recollections from someone talking about sparring that occurred 7 years ago. I dismiss Canelo’s opinion entirely. If Golovkin gave similar thoughts on a 7-year old sparring session, I would dismiss that as well. These guys have so many sparring partners for their fights. How are they going to remember something that happened 7 years ago?
Even if Canelo has a photographic memory for details of every event in his life, it doesn’t mean anything that he wasn’t impressed with the power of Golovkin in the sparring session, because he’s not known as someone that goes after his sparring partners to take them out the way some fighters do. Golovkin takes it easy on his sparring partners. At the time that Golovkin sparred Canelo, he was 28-years-old and a world champion.
I don’t think for a second that Golovkin was looking to KO the 19-year-old Canelo. That’s not the way the guy is. Hopefully, Canelo isn’t banking on him beating Golovkin because of his memory from a sparring session that took place 7 to 8 years ago with head gear and 16oz gloves. There’s going to be a stark difference when Golovkin gets inside the ring with Canelo with him not using head gear, and with the two fighters wearing 10oz gloves. It’s going to be the real thing when Golovkin and Canelo get inside the ring on HBO PPV. I just hope Canelo isn’t assuming he can beat Golovkin because of his opinion that he should have lost to Jacobs. There are more than a few boxing fans who believes Jacobs is a better fighter than Canelo at 160. Canelo be underestimating how good of a fighter Jacobs is.