By Hector Franco

(Frontproof Media)

 

LAS VEGAS – In a fight that in the ring lived up to the hype, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) fought to a dubious draw. The scorecards read 118-110 in favor of Canelo, 115-113 for Golovkin and one score of 114-114. The 118-110 scorecard by judge Adalaide Byrd may be one of the worst scorecards in the history of the sport. Canelo-Golovkin was tightly contested, and neither man won ten rounds.

The fight played out as more of a highly intense chess match than an absolute war. However, there was enough action-packed moments and exchanges to give fans their money’s worth. The first three rounds saw both men box in the middle of the ring with Golovkin landing his jab. Alvarez had success using lateral movement and throwing punches in combination. Alvarez in the first half of the fight made sure to avoid staying on the ropes. One thing that was clear after six rounds was that Golovkin was going to come forward and continuously apply pressure on Alvarez. The Kazakhstani puncher took over in the middle rounds to go up on most observers’ scorecards. Alvarez gave a valiant effort in the final three rounds by starting the rounds landing combinations. However, in the second half of each round, Alvarez found himself backing up into the ropes in constant retreat. Judge Adalaide Byrd who scored the fight 118-110 for Alvarez gave the Mexican the last five rounds. The other two judges gave Alvarez the last three rounds.

Gennady Golovkin got Canelo Alvarez against the ropes several times during the second half of the fight. Photo: HBO Boxing

Now that the biggest boxing event of the year was scored a draw, many fans and pundits are going to look forward to a rematch. Neither man was able to score a knockdown or land a punch that put either fighter in real danger of the fight being stopped. Alvarez may need to work on his stamina to combat the constant pressure delivered by Golovkin. On the other side of the coin, Golovkin did not go to the body with his usual persistence, which could have been the difference between him winning a decision or stopping the young Mexican.

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