‘I can’t hold a glass, it’s really bad’: Canelo Alvarez reveals he needs SURGERY on his left hand immediately after beating Gennady Golovkin via unanimous decision in pair’s final chapter
Four years after their most recent meeting ended in a narrow, disputed victory for Alvarez (58-2-2, 39 KOs), the four-division world champion left little doubt about this verdict.
The 32-year-old Mexican star delivered a comprehensive pummeling of the now-40-year-old Golovkin (42-2-1) in the first eight rounds, repeatedly testing Triple G’s famed chin with combinations and overhand rights.
Canelo Alvarez (right) defeated Gennady Golovkin (left) via unanimous decision in Las Vegas
The judges all scored it surprisingly closely for Alvarez: 116-112, 115-113 and 115-113, largely down to a late and impressively spirited fightback from Golovkin.
Canelo, who paid his respect to his once sparring partner and more recently bitter rival in the immediate aftermath, also revealed that he was dealing with a significant injury throughout the bout.
‘He [Golovkin] is a tough fighter, but I’m glad [I won],’ Canelo said in his post-fight interview.
‘I need surgery on my hand after this. On my left hand. But I’m a good, I’m a warrior and that is why I’m here.’
Asked how much the injury impacted him during the fight, Canelo added: ‘A lot. I can’t hold a glass. It is really bad. But I am a warrior.’
Canelo retained his full collection of super-middleweight belts with the trilogy victory
He revealed he will require an operation on his left hand straight after the announcement
An amicable relationship between the pair turned bitterly sour following their two prior encounters, which controversially ended a split-decision draw and a Canelo win, both of which Golovkin – and many others – felt he won.
Canelo also infamously failed a drugs test ahead of their 2018 rematch, which Golovkin referenced during his ring-walk with a video stating champions ‘don’t cheat’, though the Mexican insists the finding was due to eating contaminated meat.
Yet, the pair were able to put their differences to one side following the result, immediately embracing after the final bell.
Canelo also had kind words for his great rival during his post-fight interview.
Asked what he said to GGG straight after the fight, Canelo revealed: ‘Thank you so much my friend, thank you Golovkin.
‘We have given the fans three good fights, so thank you for everything!’
Canelo and Golovkin put their differences to one side as they embraced at the final bell
The once sparring partners had developed into bitter enemies over the last five years
Golovkin too only had kind words to say about Canelo in the immediate aftermath.
‘Everyone knows this is a high-level class, the best fight for boxing. Everyone knows who Canelo is,’ he said.
‘Look at his face, look at my face, we’re both so clean because we trained well and put in a good fight as a result.’
‘Today, Canelo was better,’ he admitted shortly after. And asked whether the beef is now settled, he said: ‘Yeah, 100 per cent.’