Unified middleweight champion Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) appeared to largely walk-down and comfortably out-point a fleet footed Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) Saturday night in Las Vegas only to see the twelve-round contest end in a controversial draw. The defending champion looked tight in the first few rounds but absolutely controlled the action in the middle rounds and down the stretch walking Alvarez back and out-landing him in nearly every stanza aided by a piston like jab. Canelo rallied in the last couple rounds but still found himself backing off the last half of each round.
When twelve rounds were in the books the first taly announced was an egregious, ridiculous 118-110 score for Canelo from Adalaide Byrd (who should never judge another prize fight again). The next card came in at 115-113 Golovkin with the third score even… rendering the bout a draw. FightFan.com’s Ace Freeman had it 116-112 for Golovkin, who retained his WBA, WBC and IBF middleweight titles with the result. It wasn’t the fire-fight most were hoping for going in, but it was an exciting, tactical fight. Talk of a rematch was immediate following the result.
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