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CANELO-GGG FIGHT ENDS IN A CONTROVERSIAL DRAW (PHOTOS)

By Dong Secuya
PhilBoxing.com
17 Sep 2017



In one of the biggest fights of the decade, WBC, WBA, IBF and IBO world middleweight champion Gennady 'Triple G' Golovkin of Kazakhstan and Ring middleweight champion Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez of Mexico fought a thrilling and very close12-round fisticuffs that lived up to the hype Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The fight ended in a draw – by itself would be acceptable to a lot of fans for both camps although it left pretty much everything hanging – but the real story and what made the fight controversial was the score of boxing judge Adelaide Byrd who had it 118-110 in Canelo's favor, giving only two rounds to Golovkin who pressured Canelo all night and appeared hurt Canelo at some point in the fight. Judge Dave Moretti awarded the fight to Golovkin with a 115-113 score while Don Trella had it a draw 114-114.

In the post fight interviews, both Golovkin, who retained all his belts, and Canelo, wanted a rematch which at this point is the most logical thing to do to bring closure their rivalry. The sequel would not probably happen until May next year when the traditional Mexican Cinco de Mayo festivities play host to boxing's biggest fights.

Canelo boxed well most of the fight to neutralize Golovkin's aggression which made most of the rounds close. In the championship rounds however, Canelo seemed to gain the upperhand by connecting vicious punches on Golovkin whose famous granite chin was able to withstand Canelo's bombs.

The fight ended with both fighters raising their hands in victory.

Photos by Dr Ed de la Vega / PhilBoxing.com.


Judge Adelaide Byrd (L), who scored the controversial 118-110 score for Alvarez, reacts to the action atop the ring.








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