Gennady Golovkin vs Saul Alvarez
In an incredible fight, which everybody had looked forward to for so long, Gennady Golovkin, and Saul Canelo Alvarez fought it out for 12 fantastic rounds of boxing.
Alvarez started well, keeping out of range, moving well, using his jab, seeming to take a lead after the first couple. Golovkin came on strong through the early-mid rounds, working himself and his opponent ragged, overpowering, and at times, one could say dominating his younger opponent, taking a likely lead after 8 rounds. Alvarez's defence was phenomenal, and not only was he able to frustrate Golovkin, make him miss, he was able to land great shots on the Kazakh warrior as the two battled it out, with Canelo making a strong case for himself nicking a couple of the late rounds, maybe getting the best of the last 4, with Golovkin still relentless, still punishing Canelo, not fading in the championship rounds, and after 12 rounds of action, after the two champions had taken each others punches so well for so many minutes, Michael Buffer read out the scorecards. The general consensus was that Golovkin had done enough to win the fight.
Some believed Canelo had won the first 3 rounds, and the last 3 as well, others disagreed, the majority believed this was not the case, and some thought Golovkin was not only superior, but also dominant in rounds 4-9, rounds in which many believed he had won all 6 of, but due to Canelo's competitiveness throughout, his strong start, his strong finish, very few believed he had won any less than 4 rounds, whilst many had him trailing on their scorecards, by 2-4 points, nobody who's opinion was worth listening to, thought Canelo hadn't impressed. The same could certainly have been said for Golovkin, as he had not only boxed the fight of his life, but also convinced the majority of the unofficial judges who had scored the fight, all around the world, that he was the winner of the superfight between himself and Saul Alvarez.
It was very much a shame, that after 12 phenomenal rounds of boxing, Adalaide Byrd had to stink out the Arena, as she turned in a disgusting scorecard of 118-110 in favour of Alvarez, whilst Dave Moretti was very fair, he scored Golovkin a close winner, and Don Trella scored a controversial but not scandalous 114-114 draw, a scorecard some questioned, some didn't like, but a fair few thought was acceptable. The fight was announced as a draw, with a crowd of fans booing the decision, but certainly not the fight.
Alvarez said after the fight, 'I won 7 or 8 rounds easy', after giving words of respect and praise to his opponent, but clearly disappointed by the judges' verdict, though his words were more evidence had it been needed, that Golovkin was robbed of rounds by a terrible judge. Golovkin said 'I'm still champion, I did not lose tonight, I still have my belts', speaking with dignity, sportsmanship, taking nothing away from his opponent, but clearly frustrated with the decision. Both warriors seemed to be interested in a rematch, and after the sensational battle the boxing fans all over the world had enjoyed watching, they were clearly not against the idea.
'You know today, is really, a big Mexican day, congratulations to all my friends from Mexico'.
(Did you feel the power of Golovkin?) 'No truthfully not, not like everyone spoke about, not what I thought, no it really didn't surprise me'.
Unofficial scorecards outside of Eye on the ring.
Bleacherreport: 116-112 Golovkin