The much-publicized world middleweight title fight between Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin ended in a controversial draw in Las Vegas.
Both fighters were cautious from the bell but still went on to produce an eye-catching 12-rounder.
Álvarez’s sharp blows aided his assumed first-round win, while Golovkin jabs in later rounds made it quite a contest.
Each fighter brought contrasting but sublime skills, in addition to excellent records which were made manifest on the night.
After the bout, Judge Adalaide Byrd scored it in favor of the Mexican 118-110, another Dave Moretti had it 115-113 to Golovkin, and Don Trella evened up with a score of 114-114 draw which was accompanied by boos from the 22,358 fans in the T-Mobile Arena.
The result means Golovkin, 35, retains his WBA, WBC, and IBF titles and remains unbeaten in 38 fights, while Alvarez’s record now stands at 49 wins (34 KO), two draws and one defeat from 52 fights.
Social media reactions from experts:
- George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) “At the end we had a great fight! I’d like see a rematch. Thanks Champs.”
- Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) “Did they bring these judges over from Australia? #CaneloGGG”
Regardless of the seeming controversy, both remain the best in their category.