On a night that was meant to be a hallmark for boxing in 2017, Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez leaves a sour taste…
Last night was a big night for combat sports, especially for boxing. Pitting two of the best pound-for-pound boxers against each other, GGG vs. Canelo was a welcome change. Having sat through the last quarter of Mayweather vs. McGregor silliness, this was boxing’s chance at vindication.
Starting out cagy, as expected, Golovkin and Alvarez soon found their rhythm. By the middle of the fight, the scores were close as both men landed. GGG plodded forward, quite literally walking through Canelo’s shots. As the bout wore on, Golovkin started landing his power strikes more.
Overall, Golovkin landed a lot more punches, Canelo hit with more power shots, and GGG hit many to the gut. Without a doubt, it was a close fight, but the scoring saw boxing again put to shame.
Watch the full fight below, and check out the angry reactions after…
Entertaining and close, mostly as expected, but one judge scored the fight 118-110 for Canelo. That judge has really been the reason for most of the outrage after the big fight’s conclusion.
Unfortunately, that’s just how it goes in the fight game, but that doesn’t stop people from getting riled up about it. Check out some of the best social media reactions, as well as Canelo and GGG’s post-fight statements:
Boxing is a mad game. pic.twitter.com/Nyzywv8H7O
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 17, 2017
“Look, my belts, I still champion,” Golovkin said. “This is not my fault. I like the pressure. I want big drama show. I want to give people a big presence. It’s not my problem. I’m very happy today.”
“No, truthfully, not really,” Alvarez said. “There wasn’t any power that didn’t surprise me. In the first round, I came out to see what he had. Then I was building from there. I think I won eight rounds. To be convincing, I felt that I won the fight.”
Adelaide bird gave Canelo 10 rounds lmao
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) September 17, 2017
“Of course I want a rematch. Yes, the next fight I want a true fight,” Golovkin said. “I have a couple of ideas [for the rematch]. I want a close fight, Mexican style.”
“Yes, of course. Obviously. Yes, if the people want it, yes,” Alvarez said. “He did’t win, it was a draw. I always said i was going to be a step ahead of him. We’ll fight in the second one but I win anyways.”
I tell you which boxing match didn't end in controversy and everyone went home happy … (/ducks) pic.twitter.com/ARoZoKrRG7
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) September 17, 2017
Overall a pretty rough night for boxing as a sport, but not for Canelo and Golovkin. Those two put on an exciting fight, proving why they are the best active boxers in the lower divisions.
Really it’s a shame, no a crime, that most of the world’s ‘best’ have avoided Golovkin until he is 35 years old. You couldn’t pay the top five enough to compete against GGG five years ago.
Hell, Canelo himself vacated his belt and fought Amir Khan rather than take on the boogeyman Golovkin back in the day. Whatever the case, we’ll get a rematch of this great war, but hopefully with a better judge than Byrd this time.