The fight between Gennady Golovkin (GGG) vs Saul Alvarez was promoted as the super fight of the year as two of the best middleweights in the history of boxing, finally entered the ring to give fans what they have been waiting for. The super fight took place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 16 and it was a thrilling fight that went all 12 rounds.
The majority of boxing fans and experts believed that GGG had done more than enough to get the victory but the judges did not see it the same way – especially Adalaide Byrd who scored it 118–110 in favor of Álvarez while Dave Moretti scored it 115–113 for Golovkin and Don Trella scored it 114–114 to make the official decision a draw.
The controversial decision did not go down well with the fans or GGG who immediately called for a rematch. Canelo for some reason felt that he had done enough to win the match and was also upset that it was ruled a draw. Since GGG retained his WBC middleweight title and his IBF and WBA world championships, Canelo was also interested in a rematch that would see him secure another crack at the titles.
WBC Orders Rematch
The World Boxing Council (WBC) met earlier this week at Baku, Azerbaijan to hold its 55th annual convention and ruled that a rematch between GGG and Canelo Alvarez must take place. The two promoters and managers of the fighters had also expressed interest of a potential rematch and the WBC order is further confirmation that a GGG vs. Canelo showdown is on the cards for 2018.
Given the fact that the controversial decision took place in Nevada, it is highly unlikely that the rematch will take place in the same state. The promoters have confirmed that the rematch will take place either in March or May of 2018 with a preference being shown for May 5 when the Cinco de Mayo takes place. A huge celebration takes place in Mexico during the Cinco de Mayo and having Mexico’s superstar Canelo Alvarez fight on this day will generate enormous publicity for the fight.
GGG Not Keen On Having Rematch In Vegas
GGG’s promoter Tom Loeffler said that a rematch between the two superstars was what fans wanted to see and it would turn into another international sporting event and not just a world boxing championship rematch. Loeffler said he was happy to see the WBC order the rematch and confirmed that GGG’s side will do their best to make it happen.
GGG’s team has not ruled out a rematch in Vegas and will sit down with Bob Bennett, the Nevada State Athletic Commission Director to ensure that fair play will be ensured if the rematch was to take place in Vegas. However Loeffler admitted that GGG wasn’t very keen on having the rematch in Vegas and preferred to fight in New York, California or even London where has not had any problems.
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