Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez draw in points decision

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    A controversial points decision has seen Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez fight out a draw after their Las Vegas bout went the full twelve rounds.

    Judge Adelaide Byrd awarded Canelo the fight 118-110, while the other judges voted it as 115-113 in favour of Golovkin, and 114-all as a draw.

    It was called supremacy, it was called the fight everyone should watch. Tonight we saw GGG the middleweight king fight Canelo the lineal middleweight champion.

    All belts were on the line. What we got was a WWE narrative that has some questioning the degree of corruption in boxing. For me, we saw the most fitting fight two current champions could provide.

    Canelo looked slick and strong for 12 rounds. His head movement was great and his chin was unquestionable.

    The hook that he used to almost decapitate Amir Khan managed to hurt GGG for the first time in his career, but it didn’t stop him.

    GGG came and showed he’s not too old like many thought. He was relentless in coming forward and throwing combinations.

    The official scorecard calls it a draw, that means as fans, we get another fantastic fight (hopefully). The question we need to answer is, what next?

    Canelo vs GGG 2 would be a huge fight. But once one is crowned the undisputed middleweight king, where do they go?

    GGG is a notoriously weak pull. His PPV numbers are the lowest of any fighter with his reputation, but he is in his mid-thirties and can’t take on many more battles like tonight.

    If someone like Jermall Charlo wants to fight him, he’s putting his health on the line. Alternatively, Canelo would be giving up about 6 inches and 20lbs so it’s unlikely to ever happen.

    The middleweight division once again is heating up. Tonight saw an amazing fight with two amazing fighters.

    We don’t know what comes next, but we do know that no one will complain with seeing a rematch.

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    The Crowd Says (7)

    • September 17th 2017 @ 2:23pm
      Bill larkin said | September 17th 2017 @ 2:23pm | ! Report

      Just found out that the judge who gave it 118-110 to Canelo is Adalaide Byrd. She has been stinking up boxing and MMA judging for many years. This has to be the last time she judges a fight.

      • September 17th 2017 @ 2:33pm
        db said | September 17th 2017 @ 2:33pm | ! Report

        People have been saying this for years. Yet, she continues to be appointed as a judge in some big fights. It’s baffling.

        • September 17th 2017 @ 6:55pm
          Simoc said | September 17th 2017 @ 6:55pm | ! Report

          It seems most scribes reckon Golovkin was the more aggressive throughout and probably deserved the win.
          Apparently the crowd thought so despite being mostly Mexican.

          Everyone says the 118-110 scorecard was hopelessly wrong. But a draw wasn’t too far off the mark.

          Just that no-one wants a draw.

    • September 17th 2017 @ 2:46pm
      KingKongBundy said | September 17th 2017 @ 2:46pm | ! Report

      This gave me a idea ,the judges should wear ear muffs if it wasnt for the pro mexican crowd surely u would give this too GGG in saying that 26 bucks for the draw made me a couple of bucks im not that dirty

    • September 17th 2017 @ 4:50pm
      AZ_RBB said | September 17th 2017 @ 4:50pm | ! Report

      Brilliant fight. Some of the best technical and free-flowing boxing I have seen in a long time especially on such a massive stage where fighters are often much more conservative.

      I scored it 115-113 to GGG. I saw it pretty much the same as the judge who gave that score. Although that divisive 7th round was really difficult to call and it wasn’t the only tough round to call. You give another close round to Canelo and it’s 115-113 in his favour.

      How that judge scored it 118-110 to Canelo is beyond me though. I honestly thought I saw her applauding when Canelo landed one at one stage (probably not though haha)

      Would love to see them go again but I can’t help but feel that it is a bit of a stalemate between them. Canelo defends too well and GGG is made of steel. But I would happily watch these 2 go at it for another 36mins. Top notch stuff.

      People saying this stuff is killing boxing. I disagree. I think the sport is in the best health it has been in for a while. There is plenty of excitement in the heavyweight and welterweight divisions. Today shows middleweight isn’t too bad either.

      • September 17th 2017 @ 9:05pm
        kingcowboy said | September 17th 2017 @ 9:05pm | ! Report

        Really great fight! Two boxers in or near their prime. Made me realise how rubbish the McGregor v Mayweather fight was.

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      September 17th 2017 @ 6:16pm
      ols said | September 17th 2017 @ 6:16pm | ! Report

      Vegas decision.
      20-1 for the draw.

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