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Canelo and GGG Battle to Contentious Split Draw

Posted: September 17, 2017 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Fight Reports
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LAS VEGAS — Leave it to one judge to screw up a great fight. Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin battled tooth and nail over 12 rounds in a highly competitive fight that was mired by judge Adalaide Byrd’s wide 118-110 scorecard for Canelo, creating a split draw decision.

In an eerie replay of the early rounds of Marvin Hagler vs. Sugar Ray Leonard 30 years ago, Golovkin was gunshy in the early round. This allowed Canelo to get off first at ring center with flashy combinations and jump out to a 3-0 lead on all scorecards.

From there, Golovkin became the stalking predator that’s made him famous.

Golovking upped the pressure and forced Canelo to the ropes with his jab. Canelo was visibly uncomfortable trying to maintain movement as Golovkin repeatedly cornered him and worked right hands around the guard. While Canelo did manage to occasionally back up Golovkin with hard counter shots, it was the middleweight champion’s pressure, jabs and right hands that consistently dominated the action through the ninth.

Sensing he was in a hole, Canelo dug deep in the championship rounds. Despite being fatigued, he exploded strategically with clusters of eye-catching power shots before retreating under Golovkin’s relentless pressure. This tactic proved to be a lifesaver as Canelo out-landed Golovkin in power shots over the last three rounds and swept them on the judges’ cards.

The close fight was correctly reflected in the scores of Dave Moretti (115-113) and Don Trella (114-114). But Byrd’s egregious 118-110 card made for the split draw. The crowd lustily booed the verdict and Canelo, who declared he won at least eight rounds. Golovkin chastised Canelo for “running” and affirmed his willingness for an immediate rematch.

The result marks a sour end to a superfight that was 18 months in the making and marketed as the antithesis of the “Mayweather-Gregor circus.”

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Well, at least the people who bet on a draw get to clean up at the sportsbook. I’ll write more about this tomorrow, but let me close your evening with a few points.

  1. Adalaide Byrd should never judge another fight. She gave GGG two rounds.
  2. This verdict sullies Canelo’s reputation and paints him as a protected fighter. We’ve seen too much scoring favoritism in his high-level fights against Trout, Mayweather, Lara,  and now Golovkin. Getting booed out the building on Mexican Independence Day weekend says it all.
  3. I had GGG winning 115-113, but his stamina is becoming a concern at 35 years old. He never stopped the pressure after round three, but his punch output dropped heavily in the championship rounds, giving Canelo the wiggle room to escape with the 114-114 score.
  4. If you’re wondering why GGG looked so happy about arguably being robbed, keep in mind he’s thinking about another career-high payday in the rematch.

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BeatsBoxingMayhem is providing a live stream for the untelevised undercard of tonight’s superfight between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. The stream will show the following bouts.

Marlen Esparza (2-0) vs. Aracely Palacios, flyweights

Nicola Adams (2-0) vs. Alexandra Vlajk (11-6), super flyweight

Vergil Ortiz (6-0) vs. Cesar Valenzuela (7-1), super lightweight

Serhii Bohachuk (4-0) vs. TBA

 

 

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We’re just one day away from the biggest matchup of the year in Canelo Alvarez challenging Gennady Golovkin for the middleweight title. The men have their last preliminary face-off today at 3 p.m. ET at the official weigh-in. BeatsBoxingMayhem is streaming the entire event which includes the undercard.

The fight takes place tomorrow night at 9 p.m. ET on HBO pay-per-view.

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BeatsBoxingMayhem is providing a live stream of Wednesday’s final press conference between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez. Watch the two stars give their final thoughts before Saturday’s much-anticipated matchup. The live stream begins at 3 p.m. ET. The fight takes place on HBO pay-per-view at 9 p.m. ET on September 16.

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Did you feel abused this past weekend? Well, you should be used to it by now. Last Saturday, boxing fans again got taken for a ride with a “big matchup” turned dud in Canelo-Chavez, which was cast aside by HBO commentators to begin the hype for the much-anticipated showdown in September between Canelo and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin.

Unfortunately, the world didn’t stop with the announcement of the fight like it should of. Instead, the sport’s latest superfight finds fan anticipation tempered by the stench that remains from Canelo-Chavez. It’s like waiting in bed for a hot girl, only for her to open the bathroom door and have your nostrils violated by the aroma of a horrific bowel movement. Yeah, you’ll probably still knock her down, but your enthusiasm ain’t the same.

And that leads us to the problem with today’s boxing market. For the last year, Canelo had told media (myself included), that the Golovkin fight will be made at the “right time.” Sounds great, but the right time should not mean milking your public’s pockets with BS matchups. Prior to 2016, Canelo had compiled one of the more impressive resumes for a young fighter, having faced the likes of Austin Trout, Floyd Mayweather, Erislandy Lara and Miguel Cotto. Since then, he’s coasted on mismatches against fighters that are either undersized (Amir Khan), or underskilled (Liam Smith, Chavez Jr.). Seeing these fights on free TV is one thing, but every one of these fights have been $60+.

It’s no surprise that a good number of the Mexican faithful were booing Canelo this weekend. After vacating the WBC title last year over facing GGG, people have begun to look at him as a diva and Pound 4 Pound fraud. The latter doesn’t concern his in-ring ability (the kid is clearly elite), but more so adopting the Mayweather mentality of delaying dangerous matchups.

Chavez Jr. was never an elite fighter, and at the 164 catchweight he was dead on arrival. We saw a fighter scared of getting countered and content just survive after eating a few hard power shots. Canelo wasn’t anxious to press the matter either, perhaps worried of getting a freak injury that would postpone the GGG showdown. The result was a clear money grab that continues the downward spiral of U.S. boxing pay-per-views that began with the Mayweather-Pacquiao letdown two years ago.

It’s hard to imagine Canelo-GGG not being a good fight. Canelo has the faster hands and skill to thrive in GGG’s wheelhouse by working the body. And Golovkin’s has shown his jab has laser-sharp accuracy and can function like a power punch. It destroyed Lemieux’s aggression and was a main factor in helping him edge close rounds against Danny Jacobs in March. It’s a fascinating fight.

We have four more months before Canelo and GGG step in the ring. Once again we’ll get immersed in the buildup, debate passionately about who has the edge, and urge our friends, who are most likely casual fans, to not miss this one. They’ve probably heard that from you before and might raise a curious eyebrow depending on how bad your previous guarantees were.

So far, 2017 has been a great year filled with competitive matchups. Promoters realize the TV dates are scarce and these 50/50 fights are necessary to retain a foothold. Last Saturday was the first bad main event we’ve had for a high-profile bout, and unfortunately, it occurred on what has traditionally been one of boxing’s biggest weekends.

Maybe Canelo-GGG delivers and makes us forget last Saturday ever happened. And maybe the fight is so good it captures the public’s imagination like Joshua-Klitschko in the UK, and we get a rematch and heated rivalry. And then maybe, just maybe, the promoters and networks realize the lopsided money grab matchups aren’t necessary, just the fights the fans want to see.

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Gennady Golovkin (GGG) road work in Monaco

Two weeks out from his big showdown against Danny Jacobs, WBA/WBC/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin appeared on ESPN’s First Take on rival Canelo Alvarez.

With Floyd Mayweather’s retirement, Canelo is now the sport’s biggest pay-per-view attraction. But while Golovkin concedes he would meet any Mayweather demand due to the latter’s Pound 4 Pound track record, he called Canelo “nothing” and a “selfish” fighter. The ill will stems from last year May when Canelo vacated the WBC middleweight over negotiating with Golovkin, who was the mandatory challenger and subsequently awarded the belt.

Golovkin also took a moment to address if he’d move to 168 or 175 to face Andre Ward. Do you agree with GGG’s comments?

 

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Gennady Golovkin made a surprise appearance this morning on The Breakfast Club. The middleweight champion talked extensively about needing the Canelo fight, past negotiations with Andre Ward, Danny Jacobs and even his last boxing defeat. He also dispelled a ridiculous rumor that he was “holding back” in the Kell Brook fight.

An interesting point he made was that fighting Jacobs has renewed his interest in boxing. For the last year, he said the lack of dangerous opponent had lowered his passion for the sport. Regarding Canelo, he said he’s talking too much and could make the fight if he truly wanted it.

K2 Promotions promised to go all-out in promoting this fight and they’re living up to their word. Not many fighters have graced The Breakfast Club and this is great to help build pay-per-view interest. Hopefully Jacobs, as a Brooklyn native, can get a spot as well in the next month.

Golovkin-Jacobs will air on HBO pay-per-view March 18.