Written by: WillyDWaffle
The most anticipated boxing fight in years between Gennady Golovkin and Saul Canel Alvarez delivered but, it was the conclusion of the fight that left fans puzzled. We saw both fighters in a competitive fight land powerful punches, show tremendous skill and how elite there chin were. Most, including myself who picked Golovkin to win by knockout which he didn’t, thought he had done enough to win the decision. Unfortuantely, that wasn’t the case according to one judge. As I asked in my last article, “Can Golovkin get a decision over Alvarez”? The answer was no and we clearly see that any fighter that gets in the ring with Alvarez is not only fighting him but the judges as well. Dave Moretti who has had some questionable scoring in Alvarez’s past fights actually scored it, 115-113 for Golovkin. Judge Don Trella scored the fight 114-114, which, everyone felt was fair. Judge Adaliade Byrd scorcard of 118-110 for Alvarez is what blew the minds of everyone. There’s absolutely no way in hell anyone score can the fight that wide for Alvarez. This was just blatant corruption and inexcusable to have a scorecard like this.
One thing I noticed about Alvarez was how big he looked in the ring. This was the most muscular I’ve ever seen him. He might have looked like a middleweight from a physcial perspective but, after this performance I don’t believe he’s a true middleweight. Alvarez’s gas tank is probably the worst I’ve ever seen from a fighter on the elite level. We all knew his stamina has always been a problem in his career but I never remember him gassing this early going into the fifth round. The interesting thing is, the fight was even after the first four rounds. From that point on, Golovkin controlled the pace of the fight.
Alvarez spent much of the fight going backwards as Golovkin applied relentless pressure all throughout the fight. It was the stiff jab of Golovkin landing and seemed to offset Alvarez’s attack. Alvarez did have his moments where he was slipping punches and landed some bombs himself but Golovkin kept coming. There were numerous times when Golovkin would cut off the ring, trap Alvarez against the ropes and land a flurry of punches on Alvarez. The championship rounds was where Alvarez looked to pick up. Sensing Golovkin had the momentum of the fight his way, Alvarez let his hands go and landed some beautiful shots. The last three rounds from Alvarez is what I think got him the draw on Don Trella’s card. According to the Compubox numbers, Golovkin outlanded Alvarez in punches 218 to 169.