A few days removed from one of 2017’s biggest fights, there is a mixture of feelings emanating which continues to fuel conversation between the boxing community.
On Saturday night WBA/WBO/IBF Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and Saul Alvarez lived up to its billing but ultimately was unable to render a decision as the three judges sitting ringside witnessed it different from the next, as we were denied the conclusion of a winner.
So who were the winners/losers from Las Vegas:
DIEGO DE LA HOYA SHINES IN THE NIGHTS UNDERCARD
Diego De La Hoya looked highly impressive in not only beating a former world champion but doing so dominantly. De La Hoya demonstrated the pedigree that his cousin once exhibited with the surname once again chanted from the Mexican contingent, reverberating from the rafters of the arena.
Diego for some time as wanted to escape the giant-sized shadow that surrounds his career that lingers on from the prestigious resume of Oscar, Saturday night went a long way in doing so. De La Hoya outpointed the unbeaten Randy Caballero by scores of 100-90, 98-92 and 98-92 putting him firmly into the contender category.
THE FIGHT FANS
Often fights are hugely marketed to be the next in line to top all fights that come before it, more often than not they fail but although I’m not about to couple this one with the Middleweight tussle of Hagler-Hearns, the fight between Golovkin and Canelo lived up to its lofty ambitions.
The fight ended without a winner although most Fight Fans can be classed as such, recouping their PPV prices and admittance fees, leaving satisfied of getting their monies worth.
DIAZ CONTINUES TO THE ROAD TO TITLES
Our last spot goes to the classy Joseph Diaz who like De La Hoya showed that he is readying for a world title fight following on from the night’s undercard, matched with the unbeaten Rafael Rivera, Diaz boxed brilliantly on route to a unanimous decision.
BYRD RUFFLES A FEW FEATHERS WITH HER SCORING
Judges have a pretty lousy job at the best of times, when they score a fight correct they rarely get the admiration of the fight fans, get a decision wrong, those same people will turn at an instant which is what we have seen happen to Adelaide Byrd on Saturday night.
She did, however, bring the criticism on herself, handing in a scorecard which read 118-110 to Saul Alvarez which baffled even the most staunch of Mexican supporters. Unbelievable to most, by her reckoning she believed Gennady Golovkin won just two of the twelve rounds, the stink of corruption fumigating the boxing scene taking the talking point from a very good fight which will forever be marred with a score which quite frankly was disgraceful.
She has since been stood down by the Nevada State Athletic Commission who was unable to defend her actions in what can be classed as a very bad day at the office, not for the first time which Joe Calzaghe can attest to following her score of 114-113 in favour of Bernard Hopkins to name just one of several instances.
TWELVE ROUND WAR WITHOUT A WINNER
Lastly, I feel both Gennady Golovkin & Saul Alvarez will feel like they lost out which is why they find their way to this section of the article.
Both believed they should have had their hand raised whether you or I think otherwise, looking at this as a lost opportunity to put their names above the other in recognition of being the best Middleweight on the planet. I’m sure they will get a chance to put the record straight, as we await news of a date for the rematch.
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