Gennady Golovkin, Canelo Alvarez title bout showdown ends in a draw
Jim Esterbrooks, 10News.com Sports Contributor
9:44 PM, Sep 16, 2017
9:46 PM, Sep 16, 2017
LAS VEGAS (KGTV) -- In a decision that surprised most in attendance, Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez fought to a draw after 12 solid rounds, leaving the middleweight title in Golovkin's hands and leaving boxing fans wondering about a re-match.
Both fighters had their moments. As expected, Golovkin's jab was effective throughout. Also expected were Alvarez's sharp counters, particularly in the later rounds. Both men appeared largely unmarked afterward when they were questioned in the ring at T Mobile Arena.
Perhaps the biggest surprise was the scoring totals of ringside judge Adalaide Byrd, who had Alvarez winning handily, 118-110. The other two judges, Dave Moretti and Dan Trella, had the scoring 115-113 Golovkin, and 114-114.
"This was a big drama show," said Golovkins, born in Kazakhstan. "I want to thank my Kazakh fans for supporting me. Of course I want the re-match."
Said Golovkin's trainer Abel Sanchez, "No surprises. We knew going in this was going to be a war. Canelo was resilient."
Asked if he thought he won the fight, Golovkin said, "Well look, I still have all the belts. I'm still the champion.
Alvarez and his cornermen were not available immediately after the bout.
With the draw Golovkin's record is now 37-0-1, while Alvarez is now 49-1-2.