Gennady Golovkin vs Canelo Alvarez Ends in a Draw | Def Pen
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Gennady Golovkin vs Canelo Alvarez (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The fight that was supposed to save boxing after the Conor McGregor versus Floyd Mayweather spectacle stole the headlines just a month ago ended in controversy. Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez battled for the middleweight title but GGG retains his title after the judges scored it as a split decision draw.

The shocking decision all started with judge Adelaide Byrd who somehow scored the fight 118-110, in favor of Alvarez. Dave Moretti scored it 115-113 for Golovkin and Don Trella had it 114-114.

“Look, my belts, I still champion,” Golovkin said after the fight to Max Kellerman. “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.”

The fight started slowly as the two combatants were taking time to feel each other out. But as the fourth round came, business picked up. Round five ended with the two fighters exchanging blows.

Golovkin began to carry the fight through the middle rounds, throwing strong punches and landing them with accuracy. But despite what seemed to be the best GGG had to offer, Canelo stood tall and battled through the flurry. Golovkin often pressed Alvarez against the ropes, landing methodical shots without giving up too much.

As the double-digit rounds approached, it many thought GGG was holding strong to a lead. Then Canelo started to answer what Golovkin was dishing out and the two middleweight legends went at it during the 10th.

After the bout, both fighters were calling for a rematch following the controversial decision. Miguel Cotto was supposed to fight the winner of this matchup in what was supposed to be his final boxing match but now it appears he will have to wait for the winner of the second GGG-Canelo fight.

Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin now stands at 37-0-1 with 33 KOs and Saul Canelo Alvarez is now 49-1-2 with 34 KOs.

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