Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez went toe-to-toe in a close fought showdown which struck controversy with it ending in a split-draw result. What lays on the horizon for the former multi-weight world champion?
The pair came face-to-face in a bout which caught boxing fan’s imagination across the globe, a match which was overshadowed by controversy thanks to judge Adalaide Byrd’s scorecard.
She scored the well-contended fight 118- 110 to Alvarez and has since found herself under scrutiny on social media. Her verdict meant that she scored ten rounds to Canelo and only two to Golovkin.
The result imminently brings talk of a much-coveted rematch which could work in Canelo’s favour as “Triple-G” will be older and perhaps a little slower.
Official scorecards from Saturday’s fight
Canelo-Golovkin part II
A rematch looks to be the most likely turn of events for Canelo. HBO’s Max Kellerman put the thought towards the fighters post-match.
Canelo said post-fight –
“We should have a second fight. Yes of course obviously yes if the people want it yes. He didn’t win – it was a draw. I always said I was going to be a step ahead of him. We’ll fight in the second one and I will win anyway.”
Golovkin responded with –
“Of course I want a rematch. I wanted a fight. I want a true fight. This was a real fight, it was real drama, I still have all the belts. My focus is on the belts and I am still the champion. It’s not my fault (on the scores). I put pressure on every round – thanks to the people that support me. Yes the next fight I want a true fight.”
While the fight is not set in stone, it would be hard to argue as to why it would not happen. All that is left to deal with are certain technicalities such as location and time. The rematch could work in the Mexican’s favour because as great as Golovkin was, cracks of his 20 years in the sport began to show.
Many would have scored “GGG” victorious but Canelo seemed to be able to cope with the Kazakh’s power. The fight for ‘Supremacy’ really did live up to its high expectations with both boxers coming out at breakneck speeds. This event hauled in over $100million and you can see the second surpassing that.
Next in line
Billy Joe Saunders is arguably next to enter the ring with Canelo. The Hertfordshire traveller retained his World Boxing Organisation middleweight crown as he overcame Willie Monroe Jr. in London on Saturday night. The winner of the fight was dubbed the Canelo-GGG challenger but due to the overshadowing scorecard, Saunders may have to wait for his unification fight.
Photography: Joe Bartlett
Saunders stretched his unbeaten record to 25 in a lacklustre performance, where he won via a unanimous decision. He looked rusty and ragged in his second fight since he won the title back in 2015. If he is to really stamp a glove on the middleweight division, Canelo would be the worthy opponent to assert himself as a force to be reckoned with.
The World Boxing Super Series
Hear me out. If the World Boxing Super Series proves a success, the format may well debut at other weights. He could join the likes of George Groves, Chris Eubank Jr, Oleksandr Usyk, Murat Gassiev and Callum Smith, in a nine-month format which has been hailed the “Champions League of Boxing”; providing that the middleweights are next in line.
It could act as the perfect opportunity for Canelo, a way to obtain world title belts and to add to his acclaimed trophy cabinet. There isn’t a better stage in the Mexican’s career to take the leap of faith, he has approached his prime and the Golovkin draw implemented that.
Having been signed to Golden Boy Promotions for the majority of his career and the former CEO Richard Schaefer spearheading the tournament, Canelo’s head may be swayed to enter the newly formed competition in years to come.
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