By Dan Ambrose: Canelo Alvarez (58-2-2, 39 KOs) complained about a left hand injury following his 12 round unanimous decision over a game but limited Gennadiy Golovkin (42-2-1, 37 KOs) on Saturday night in their trilogy match at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Canelo revealed that he needs surgery on his left hand and that he can’t pick up a glass with it.
If that’s the case, that might explain why Canelo failed to let his hands go tonight, and missed quite frequently with his shots.
Golovkin looked bad through the first seven to eight rounds, failing to let his hands go and letting Canelo build up an insurmountable lead.
The scores were: 116-112, 115-113, and 115-113.
“Thank you very much, Golovkin. Thank you, my friend. We gave the fans three very good fights. Thank you for everything,” said Canelo Alvarez to Golovkin after the fight.
“Thank you very much for your support. I’ve gone through some difficult things in my life,” continued Canelo. “The only thing you can do is move forward.
“I’ve gone through difficult times with my defeat, and I’ve shown that defeats are great because it lets you come back and show humility. He’s [Golovkin] a very good fighter. He’s strong. I’m glad to share the ring with him.
“I’m going to keep going forward and keep my legacy going strong. From the first round, I know, he’s tough,” said Canelo when asked when he realized he wouldn’t be able to knock out Golovkin.
“I need surgery on my hand after this because I’m not good with my left hand. I need surgery but I’m good. I’m a warrior and that’s why I’m here.
“A lot. I can’t hold a glass,” said Canelo when asked if his injury to his left hand bothered him. “Look, I’m a warrior. No, it didn’t surprise me. I know him. He has good genetics,” said Canelo when asked if Golovkin’s late surge in the championship rounds bothered him.
“He’s a strong fighter. I’m not surprised. I’m just glad to share the ring with him. We gave the fans three really good fights. I’m glad to be involved in those kinds of fights,” said Canelo.
“Everybody knows this is high-level class, these best fight for boxing,” said Golovkin. “Everybody knows Canelo. Any bad step, it changes the fight. If he lands one punch, it finishes the fight.
“Look at his face and my face. It’s clean because this is high level because we trained well and did a very good fight as a result of it. This fight is more tactical like chess,” said Golovkin.