Last weekend we were all looking to Las Vegas where the small matter of the WBA/WBC/IBO middleweight fight between Gennady Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez was played out to a global audience. Let me be absolutely clear – in my opinion and many others – apart from Paulie Malignaggi – nobody got robbed. The first fight, I had GGG. This fight I know the majority had it for the Kazakhstani, but it was so close. The three scorecards reflected that and had Golovkin won the last round, it would have gone to him. He didn’t take it and ended up with his first loss. A third fight? Not for me. I think a third fight would have to be outside of the USA and it would not attract the money a fight in the US would command. We have to accept now that Canelo is a fantastic fighter and can fight clean.
The undercard saw David Lemieux at middleweight demolish the highly colourful Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan in just one round. Lemieux is being quoted for either Golovkin or Canelo and given what he did to O’Sullivan, you can hardly argue.
The super welterweight WBO fight between Jamie Munuai and Brandon Cook was equally one sided with Munuai making a second successful defence of his belt with a 3rd round stoppage. Who next is what intrigues…
In Rheinland – Pfalz on the same night, the super middleweight action with a WBC International title fight between Avni Yildrim and Lolenga Mock ended in a majority decision for Yildrim. This won’t get him anywhere closer to a world title fight – will it?
Finally, on Sunday the 16th of September in Birmingham welterweight Frankie Gavin got a decent 6 round win on points against Kevin McAuley as he prepares an assault on the European belt later this year.