By Dan Ambrose: Canelo Alvarez (58-2-2, 39 KOs) complained of a left hand injury following his 12-round one-match unanimous decision but limited Gennadiy Golovkin (42-2-1, 37 KOs) Saturday night during their trilogy match at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Canelo revealed he needed surgery on his left hand and couldn’t have a drink with it.
If so, that could explain why Canelo didn’t let go of his hands tonight and missed his shots quite frequently.
Golovkin looked bad through the first seven to eight rounds, failing to let go of his hands and letting Canelo build an insurmountable lead.
The scores were: 116-112, 115-113 and 115-113.
Canelo respects Golovkin
“Thank you very much, Golovkin. Thank you my friend. We gave the fans three very good fights. Thanks for everything,” Canelo Alvarez told Golovkin after the fight.
“Thank you so much for your support. I’ve been through some tough things in my life,” Canelo continued. “The only thing you can do is move on.
“I went through some tough times with my defeat, and I showed that defeats are great because it allows you to come back and be humble. He is [Golovkin] a very good fighter. He is strong. I am happy to share the ring with him.
“I will keep moving forward and keep my legacy strong. From the first round I know he’s tough,” Canelo said when asked when he realized he couldn’t knock out Golovkin.
Hand surgery required
“I need surgery on my hand after this because I’m not good with my left hand. I need surgery, but I’m fine. I’m a warrior, and that’s Why am I here.
“A lot. I can’t hold a drink,” Canelo said when asked if his left hand injury bothered him. “Look, I’m a warrior. No, it didn’t surprise me. I know him. He has good genetics,” Canelo said when asked if Golovkin’s late push into the championship rounds bothered him.
“He’s a strong fighter. I’m not surprised. I’m just happy to share the ring with him. We gave the fans three very good fights. I’m happy to be involved in these kinds of fights,” Canelo said.
“Everyone knows this is a top class, these best fights for boxing,” Golovkin said. “Everyone knows Canelo. Any wrong move changes the fight. If he lands a punch, he ends the fight.
“Look at his face and my face. It’s clean because it’s high level because we trained well and we had a very good fight thanks to that. This fight is more tactical like chess,” Golovkin said.