WBA/WBO/IBF Middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) retained his titles with a twelve round split decision draw over Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
Controversy surrounded the decision from the judges, one in particular as Adelaide Byrd somehow scored the fight 118-110 in favour of Canelo with the other going to Golovkin by 115-114 from Dave Moretti and the decisive third via Don Trella earning a split decision draw by 114-114.
Golovkin used the jab to set up his offence, often pressuring Canelo to the ropes before unloading his famed power shots which on this occasion wasn’t as potent as we had witnessed in the past.
Alvarez looked to be slowing down past the mid point of the contest, throwing sporadic counters which Golovkin was unfazed by.
‘Triple G’ landed a hard uppercut in the eighth which served it’s purpose of buzzing Canelo before the Mexican landed one of his own later in the round which Golovkin smiled through.
Both men traded big right hands in the ninth, Golovkin’s hitting home the harder of the two as the wild nature of the fight continued into the 10th with chants from both cheering sections of “Canelo! Canelo! Canelo!” which was matched by “Triple G! Triple G!”.
Entering the championship rounds, Canelo knew he needed to dominate, his corner pleading for him to do so, pushed the pace of the fight in an enthralling conclusion as both men took turns to inflict damage on the other.
Canelo started the twelfth with a four-punch combination but what had previously rendered Amir Khan and James Kirkland motionless had little to no effect on Golovkin, showing his tremendous chin as both men closed out a great contest, both believing to have done enough to secure victory.
Boo’s followed from around the arena as victory for either man was snatched away as the judges were unable to come to a unanimous/majority verdict with the fight ending in a controversial draw.