The super fight that boxing fans waited for all year finally happened on September 16 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas when the reigning champion Gennady Golovkin (GGG) took on Mexico’s Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. GGG went into the fight with an undisputed record and was the favorite with the sportsbooks.
GGG Shows His Class
GGG started in typical fashion with quick jabs and combinations that had Canelo ducking and swerving. The 26 year old Mexican appeared a little sluggish in the opening rounds and did not land as many punches as he would have liked and allowed GGG to dictate the pace. GGG was clearly the more dominant fighter in the first four rounds and he really started to increase the pace in the 5th round, hitting Canelo with some hard shots.
GGG has only gone once to a decision in his 37 professional fights and that was during his last fight in May. The Kazakhstan fighter promised his fans a KO and he did his best to finish the fight, putting Canelo against the ropes a number of times but he was able to absorb those punches and roll with the flow. Canelo appeared to get a new boost of energy during the final three rounds as he launched a counter-attack against his older opponent and landed some good shots but GGG shrugged them off and kept advancing.
Controversial Decision Spoils Super Fight
The two fighters went the distance and when the final bell rang, both fighters raised their hands up in the air. When the first judge’s points was announced, the 20 thousand strong crowd voiced their disapproval as judge Adalaide Byrd ruled in favor of Canelo with a 118-110 decision. Don Trella gave it to GGG with a 115-113 and the third judge Dave Moretti scored it 114-114 which meant that the ‘super fight’ ended in a draw.
There was a huge outcry on social media criticizing Byrd’s decision as her scoring system was in no way close to the other two panelists. Many felt that GGG had been robbed by yet another poor decision in boxing that is frustrating fans and also disappointing fighters. Canelo was also booed during his interview in the ring when he said he thought he won atleast 7 out of the 12 rounds and expected to win the fight.
GGG and Canelo have both stated they wanted a re-match and given the fact that this one ended in a draw, it is highly likely that super fight number 2 will take place in 2018.