Saturday 18 November 2017

'Canelo' Alvarez vs Golovkin ends in draw after spectacular fight - but controversial judge's decision mars contest

Sep 16, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Gennady Golovkin (green trunks) and Canelo Alvarez (blue trunks) box during the world middleweight boxing championship at T-Mobile Arena. The bout ended in a draw. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 16, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Gennady Golovkin (green trunks) and Canelo Alvarez (blue trunks) box during the world middleweight boxing championship at T-Mobile Arena. The bout ended in a draw. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Gennady Golovkin and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez fought to a draw in the hotly-anticipated world middleweight title showdown in Las Vegas.

Golovkin was bidding to defend his WBC, WBA and IBF belts against Alvarez in the bout at the T-Mobile Arena.

But the match was too close to call, with the judges declaring a split draw at the end of 12 rounds.

The scores declared by the judges were: 118-110 (Alvarez), 115-113 (Golovkin) and 114-114.

Speaking after the bout, 26-year-old Alvarez declared he wanted a rematch.

He said, through a translator: "Yes, of course, obviously yes, if the people want it, yes.

"He didn't win it was a draw. I always said I was going to be a step ahead of him."

He added: "In the first rounds I came out to see what he had, then I was building from there. I think I won eight rounds."

Golovkin, 35, also said he wanted a rematch, but the draw means he will hold on to his belts.

It marks Golovkin's 19th title defence, which puts him just one shy of the all-time division record held by Bernard Hopkins.

The Kazakhstan native holds three of the four major middleweight title belts.

The controversial scorecard of judge Adalaide Byrd, who favoured Alvarez 118-110, sparked outrage on social media.

Dozens of Twitter users declared the victory belonged to Golovkin and expressed their fury at the result.

Bryd gave Golovkin just two rounds of the fight - the fourth and seventh - with the other 10 going to Alvarez.

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