The GGG-Canelo fight went down on Saturday night (Sept. 15) and it was everything everyone expected. It was an action-packed classic with both fighters slugging it out. However, it ended in a way almost no one expected: a split draw.
Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) retained his unified middleweight title before a sold-out crowd at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena, but fans were upset with the judges.
Judge Dave Moretti scored the fight 115-113 in favor of Golovkin, Adalaide Byrd surprisingly had Canelo Alvarez way ahead 118-110, and Don Trella scored the fight 114-114.
After taking a look at social media, many people felt GGG was the winner.
I can't believe this B.S. A f$&@&) Draw. GGG won the damn fight. It was close and a great one, but GGG won 115-113
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) September 17, 2017
Never !! Clearly #GGG controlled the fight and won 🥊🏆
— Travis Barker (@travisbarker) September 17, 2017
.@GGGBoxing showed the world just how good he is. Said he never fought no one. Everyone dodging him till he's nearly over the hill.
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) September 17, 2017
— Ken Walker (@DK4L) September 17, 2017
— Gina Carano (@ginacarano) September 17, 2017
Huh, draw??? GGG won that… As bad as we all wanna see a rematch, that's why some are done with boxing.
— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) September 17, 2017
— Donnie Wahlberg (@DonnieWahlberg) September 17, 2017
I think ggg won. They need to let them go 5 more rounds. Or a draw and fight again next week lol
— Dwight Howard (@DwightHoward) September 17, 2017
The fight began with both fighters feeling each other our, establishing their jabs early on and landing, though Golovkin’s appeared a bit more effective.
In the fourth Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) went against the ropes and GGG went into vintage form, going after him with solid right hands and hard body shots . From there, it was a slugfest, with GGG landing a hard right that snapped Canelo’s head back, but he returned fire with a right of his own, prompting a smile from GGG.
Later in the fight, around the seventh, Canelo began to run a bit, as Golovkin stalked him and delivered heavy rights while in range. In the eight, GGG landed a hard right uppercut that seemed to stun Alvarez, who was seemingly beginning to tire. Still, Canelo would land shots… but GGG ate them with his rock-solid chin.
This is how it went from the rest of the fight. Golovkin continued to apply the pressure and delivering some devastating shots, some appearing to buckle Canelo. Still, the Mexican fighters would respond with solid punches, but GGG was unfazed, as if he was Ivan Drago in Rocky IV.
Both fighters dug deep in the final rounds, delivering bombs on each other. And in the final round, Canelo opened with a four-punch combo, before the two closed out the exciting fight by slugging it out in the middle of the ring.
The fight lived up to everyone’s expectations. The only upset was the draw at the end.
With such an epic battle, which is sure to compete for fight of the year, it almost goes without saying that a rematch will come at some point. Hopefully sooner than later.
“Yes, of course,” Canelo replied, when asked if he wants a rematch. “If the people want it, yes! This is a draw. He didn’t win.”
“Of course, I want a rematch,” GG added. “I want a fight. Rematch, a true fight. I have my belt. I want a champion fight.”