Drawn result mars 'great' fight

September 18, 2017
Gennady Golovkin (right), connects with a right to Canelo Alvarez during a middleweight title fight on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

The Gennady 'Triple G' Golovkin versus Canelo Alvarez world middleweight title fight last Saturday night in Las Vegas, was one of the best fights seen this year, but it was marred by one of the worst decisions seen in a long time - a draw.

Judge Adalaide Byrd a veteran judge, with more than 100 world title fights on her record, voted 118-110 for Alvarez, judge Dave Moretti another judge with a lot of experience, had it 115-113 for Golovkin and Don Trella had it 114-114. Star Sports had it 115-113 for Golovkin.

The fight was in the making for more than three years as the Alvarez camp, led by his promoters, Golden Boy Promotions led by Oscar De La Hoya, kept putting it off until they believed the time was right and Saturday seemed just right. From the first bell to the last, it was a very competitive contest, but the undisputed champion Golovkin, whose titles were on the line, was always a step ahead of his opponent.

He initiated the action from round one, and Alvarez, who is known to be an aggressive fighter, adopted a counter-punching role, rather than going toe-to-toe as was expected of him. The pre-fight expectation was that it would be a brawl from the start, but Alvarez opted to fight smart instead, and it paid off. Golovkin used his jabs to set up his attacks, and was for the most part effective.


Superb power punching


Alvarez did his cause a lot of good however, with some superb power punching, but he was outscored by the champion, who went into the fight with a 37-0 record. Alvarez at 49-1-1 did well in the later rounds, but it was Golovkin who never looked in danger of losing, and he ended up outscoring Alvarez, 218 to 169, an excellent scoring ratio.

There was surprise when Byrd's scorecard was read. It showed that she had given the champion only two rounds, numbers four and seven, which was impossible. Moretti on the other hand scored seven rounds for Golovkin and the other judge Trella had it six rounds each. The response was immediate and furious and Byrd's long career is now in jeopardy.

This debate will continue for a long time, and the tragedy is, that the attention will be focused on the controversial decision, rather than the fact that is was a really great fight.

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