The boxing community split in opinion of a winner from the shared spoils of war between Gennady Golovkin and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, I put the question to our team at TopClassBoxing, Here are the results:
Paul J Daley – A few days have passed, tensions that previously run high have since simmered slightly on a great contest that was marred only by a controversial card handed in by judge Adelaide Byrd.
Now I’m not insinuating that Alvarez/De La Hoya have in their possession nudes of Adelaide Byrd or that a backhanded payment was received in anyways, but something doesn’t quite sit right when she or in fact other judges takes their seat at the edge of a Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez / Goldenboy Promotions event, instances can be called upon from wide scorecards submitted after the Erislandy Lara/Austin Trout fights as well as a draw with Floyd Mayweather.
That joke of a card aside, thankfully the fight lived up to its expectation with both Golovkin and Canelo playing their part
In the days that followed, whether in the gym, work or on social media I have been asked my scoring of the fight which as on occasion been met with an argument from some sections of the Canelo fanbase.
I had Golovkin winning by two rounds, believing that to be generous reflection, my reasoning was that I felt he was the aggressor for the most part, able to dictate the action whilst I do concede the more eye-catching shots came from Canelo, the issue for me was that they were few and far between from Alvarez.
He looked tired throughout the middle rounds, Golovkin on my scorecard won the majority of rounds in this time, Canelo was breathing heavy with the dare I say it, a look of a beaten man, even after the bell sounded his facial expressions weren’t of a man who was confident of the outcome.
There is talk of them doing it again in May, some sources claiming that negotiations are already underway, so fingers crossed the fight gets made and Mrs. Byrd observes from the comfort of her home.
Craig Morgan -The fight was built up to be a classic and for me, it lived up to expectations.
GGG pressed the action from the start but Canelo was able to hold him off with fast counter shots. At times, when GGG had Canelo on the ropes, he seemed a bit hesitant in fully committing to his big shots, knowing how sharp Canelo was finding counter shots.
GGG showed the higher work rate but Canelo responded with the more eye-catching shots. Some of the flush right hands that Canelo landed on GGG, would’ve knocked out a horse but he showed an iron chin and kept coming forward.
Being a big GGG fan and also predicting him winning by 9th round KO, I need to give credit to Canelo, who proved that he is one of the best boxers in the sport. Not many have handled the power of GGG but he never seemed in serious trouble in the fight.
I scored the fight a draw but wouldn’t have a problem if the judges gave the win to either man by a point. The scoring by Adelaide Byrd, who gave it 118-110 to Canelo, is incomprehensible. As I said, if either man was given the win by a single point, I wouldn’t have argued but neither fighter won by that many rounds.
There’s been different quotes coming out on social media about whether there will be a rematch or not, surely their rivalry deserves another match up. I’d love to see them do it again and Cinco De Mayo seems the obvious platform.
Rob Day – On Saturday night, I witnessed two elite P4P boxers lock horns and give the fans a fight to remember. Both men had good spells, in the contest, and showed a fantastic ability to absorb a shot. Overall, it was the controlled aggression of Gennady Golovkin that won this fight. The fighter’s played their part but two of the judges let boxing down.
Adelaide Byrd was taking the piss with her scoring – so bad it’s criminal. But, she’s not the first to post a ridiculous scorecard in Canelo’s favour. It’s happened before: Stanley Christodoulou – 118-109 in the Austin Trout fight. C.J. Ross – 114-114 in the Mayweather fight. Levi Martinez – 117-111 in the Erislandy Lara fight. Dave Moretti – 119-109 in the Miguel Cotto fight. Very fishy. I wonder if Oscar’s ‘The Ring’ magazine, will give a fair assessment of this fight or act like Canelo won?
Golovkin is aging but he won this fight. Teddy Atlas and his outbursts on this fight are spot on. Boxing has a lot of problems (mainly too many sanctioning bodies and weight classes) but the basic’s of this sport, is that the right fighter gets his hand raised. I don’t believe in the bullshit of “Oh, it was close so it doesn’t matter”. It does fucking matter!
Richard Lewis -Having watched this fight several times now I’m in no doubt who the clear winner is. For anyone with at least half an interest in the sport it’s evident that Gennady Golovkin was the victor on Saturday night, or at least should have been, and despite several close rounds there’s no doubt in my mind that the man from Kazakhstan has been denied a career-best win by awful and inept judging from in particular Adelaide Bird.
How on earth she saw the fight as being 118-110 to Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez I’ll never know. Also throughout the fight, she’s in plain view of the TV cameras sat centre ring and doesn’t seem to take her eyes off the action at all. There is literally no excuse for it, and yet again a big fight gets courted with controversy from another awful judging decision that has left a bitter taste in the mouth and many Boxing fans scratching their heads in disbelief. We saw recently following on from Manny Pacquiao’s shock defeat to Jeff Horn that there was a recount, and although it didn’t alter the outcome of the fight I think that Adelaide Bird’s scorecard should be null and void and an independent new judge be brought in to score the fight if this is at all possible?
On the plus side, a draw probably means there will be a rematch with Oscar De La Hoya claiming that they have activated the clause in Canelo’s contract for such fight. I just hope that Ms. Bird is nowhere near it and the judges are not ‘bribed’ into giving rounds to a certain fighter when they clearly shouldn’t have. What next a fighter getting knocked out but winning the round 10-9? This has got to stop and now before the integrity of the sport is lost for good.
As for the rematch if it does happen, let’s hope that the good will come through and Gennady Golovkin will win more emphatically this time, as he should have had his hand raised last weekend and not have that blemish on his previously perfect record. Rant over!
Barbara Pinnella – I think the fight between GGG and Canelo was a very good one, but possibly not as special as some might have hoped for. That was mainly due to the fact that one man did not dominate, and there were no knockdowns, never mind the knockout win many, myself included, were expecting. Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed it, but heard from a few people that they were a bit disappointed.
I had the fight 115-113 for Golovkin, but could see that same score the other way, and even the draw. I am an admitted GGG mark, but am also honest about what I saw. He looked a bit tentative in the first two or three rounds, then found his groove and started to come on.
Canelo was confident in the beginning, and then seemed to take a back seat to the pressure of 3G throughout most of the middle rounds. But I believe it was Alvarez’ strong finish in the last three rounds that brought those scores close. Well, two of the scores, anyway.
As much as I hate to, I must mention that now-infamous 118-110 score given by Adalaide Byrd. To say that Gennady won only two rounds is ridiculous, but what’s done is done. It did leave a bad taste in the mouths of most boxing fans, but nobody would have complained at all had Byrd scored the fight 115-113 for Canelo, and the end result would have been the same.
I would rather focus on the good fight we got to see. I think Canelo surprised some by the strength of his chin, as did GGG. Both men ate a lot of punches and came back. I am pretty sure we will see a rematch next year, and once again I will be watching.
Steve Haigh – Ill keep mine brief. From rounds, 4-11 Canelo was in reverse and being maneuvered to where GGG wanted him.
He used smash n grab raids to land some eyecatchers but otherwise, Golovkin was the general.
Fans pay their money, fighters risk health, every time they step through the ropes it takes something away from them bit by bit, and for what? To get robbed by people like Adelaide Byrd who walks away without an explanation to anyone. Only in Boxing
Things need to change sooner rather than later.