Fans Are Not Happy with How the Canelo-GGG Megafight Went


Saturday’s rematch between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin ended with a decision, but there was no less controversy than the draw that settled their first match.

Alvarez won a majority decision by winning on two of the three judges’ scorecards. The third scorecard had the fight even and Alvarez (50-1-2) handed GGG (38-1-1) the first defeat of his career.

But most fans, regardless of who they rooting for, again felt robbed with the outcome just as they did in the first fight between the two last September.

Golovkin landed more total punches and jabs than Alvarez, and he also outlanded Alvarez in eight of the 12 rounds.

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“I can’t complain. That’s what we have the judges for,” said Abel Sanchez, Golovkin’s trainer. “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.”

Many on social media thought the result of this fight was just a means to set up a third fight between the two. With GGG unofficially winning the first fight in most people’s eyes, having him officially winning the second fight would have made a third fight undeserving.

But with Alvarez exacting revenge in this second fight, it sets up a likely third fight — that, and the fact both fighters are likely to pocket over $30 million once the PPV numbers are released.

Teddy Atlas, a former trainer for numerous champions including Mike Tyson, blamed the outcome of the first match on boxing corruption and called the second match “a robbery.”

“Yeah, it was an effective robbery. It’s still a robbery,” Atlas said emphatically. “It’s a robbery!”

Both fighters seem willing to go at it a third time as GGG said he would fight Alvarez again “under the right conditions.” Alvarez said if there is demand for a third match, then he’s willing to step into the ring with Golovkin again.

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“That was a great fight, but in the end, it was a victory for Mexico,” Alvarez said. “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.”

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Ross Kelly has been a sportswriter since 2009.
Ross Kelly has been a sportswriter since 2009 and previously worked for ESPN, CBS and STATS Inc. A native of Louisiana, Ross now resides in Houston.
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