The first one was a solid fight and close and the decision reflected it. The second one was an even better fight, and again, the judges were called on to pick a winner. And we veteran watchers of the sport know that situation will often lead to grousing…
Canelo Alvarez had his hand raised after 12 rounds of combat at T-Mobile in Las Vegas, in front of 21,965, in the rematch to the 2017 scrap with Gennady Golovkin.
The rounds were tight, and with no knockdowns to influence the cards, the fight looked up for grabs in the 12th. Canelo said he’d be gunning for the kayo from the minute one, and GGG had the edge in power punches to my eyes: But it was Glenn Feldman, Steve Weisfeld and Dave Moretti who had the last word.
Moretti saw a draw (114-114) but was over-ruled by Weisfeld and Feldman, who scored it 115-113 for the Mexican boxer, who dispatched the cloud cover over him from testing PED positive in February.
GGG was stunned and wickedly dismayed; the 36 year old hitter lost his belts and walked back to the dressing room without giving an interview to HBO’s Max Kellerman.
The 28 year old Canelo, meanwhile, told Max that GGG is an excellent fighter, and that of course he’d be open to having a third fight with GGG. They’d sparred bitterly in the lead up to this re-do, but were sportsmen after the fight, and congratulated each other.
Said Canelo after having his hand raised: “That was a great fight, but in the end, it was a victory for Mexico. And again, it was an opportunity, and I want to shout out to my opponent, the best in the sport of boxing. I am a great fighter, and I showed it tonight. If the people want another round, I’ll do it again. But for right now, I will enjoy time with my family.
Abel Sanchez, GGG’s trainer, had this to say after: “We had a great fight, the one we expected the first time around. I had it close going into the 12th round. We had good judges who saw it from different angles – I can’t complain about the decision, but it’s close enough to warrant a third fight. Canelo fought a great fight, congratulations.”
GGG was getting stitched up right afterwards, no quotes from him.
The fans of the fighter from Kazahkstan will surely point to the CompuBox stats: GGG went 234-879, to 202-622 for the “winner.” I myself saw it 6-4-2 for Golovkin, and yes, thought GGG was the busier man, took rounds with his jab alone, was a smart ring general, who actually circled and moved more than in the first fight, and showed superb stamina.
Here’s my distilled wisdom: they will do it a third time, and make another immense payday. That’s the way of this world.