Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin could be set for the third instalment of their rivalry in the ring later this year, after the latter came through his test with Steve Rolls, his first fight since suffering the opening defeat of his professional career back in September.
The two leading middleweights first shared the ring in 2017 in what ended as a controversial draw. One judge gave the decision marginally to Golovkin at 115-113, another scored it as a draw, while quite remarkably, the experienced Adalaide Byrd had it 118-110 in favour of Alvarez.
The pair did it all over again 12 months later and that time there a definitive result as Alvarez got the majority decision, although once again, it was a close contest with the scorecards reading 114-114 115-113 115-113.
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Golovkin bounced back from his loss to stop Rolls in just four rounds earlier this month. That was an important win for the Kazakh boxer as it ended any suggestion that the 37-year-old was slowing down in the ring and kept his chance of meeting Canelo again alive.
Alvarez chose to go up a weight division following the biggest win of his career. The Mexican fought Rocky Fielding for his WBA (Regular) super-middleweight crown which he won after stopping the champion in the third round of their contest.
Canelo was back down to middleweight back in May where he claimed with the IBF title with victory over Daniel Jacobs to bring his impressive record up to 52-1-2. Only Manny Pacquiao has figures that are comparable to the three-weight champion and he has a chance to notch his 62nd professional win next month where he is 6/5 in the Thurman v Pacquiao betting for their mega-clash.
Jacobs had his moments in the fight against Alvarez, including in the ninth round when he caught him with a strong left hook. The WBA and WBC champion took it well though and went on to get the decision of all three judges.
Demetrius Andrade The Other Option For Canelo
The other option for Alvarez later this year is the chance to become the undisputed middleweight champion where he would need to face and beat WBO champion Demetrius Andrade to make that happen. Jermain Taylor in 2006 was the last man to hold all four major belts in the division, while Bernard Hopkins is the only other man to hold the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO titles at the same time.
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Andrade won the WBO belt with victory over Walter Kautondokwa last October. He defended his crown for the first time back in January following a late stoppage against Artur Akavov. The American is back in the ring later this month where he will need to defeat Poland’s Maciej Sulecki to remain in contention for a chance to fight Alvarez.
With three of the belts in the division, all the aces lie with Canelo and his team as they have a big decision to make about his next move. The Mexican has hinted that he wants to face GGG again and that is sure to be a lucrative event once again for all those involved.