Alvarez-Golovkin Battle To A Draw At T-Mobile!


On Saturday night in a sold out crowd of 22,358 at the T-Mobile Arena Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin battled to a draw. Golovkin retained his unified Middleweight Titles. Alvarez began strong, looked to counter in the middle rounds, then finished with a tremendous flurry in a contest hyped as a war and which ultimately turned into one. Alvarez got the nod on judge Adalaide Byrd’s scorecard by a wide margin of 118-110, but Dave Moretti had it 115-113 for Golovkin and Don Trella ruled it a draw.

In truth, it was an incredibly close battle, with countless rounds that could have went either way. Perhaps justice was served. Golovkin landed a number of telling blows, especially during the middle rounds. At the end of 12 the entire crowd was on its feet, as it had been during stretches of the fifth, ninth and 10th rounds, when extraordinary exchanges of power were launched by both men. When the final bell sounded to end the last round the Judges scores were as follows. Dave Moretti 115-113 for Golovkin, Adalaide Byrd 118-110 for Alvarez, Don Trella 114-114. scored the fight 115-113 for Alvarez.

“It was a big drama show,” Golovkin said, using one of his favorite phrases. “(The scoring) is not my fault. I put pressure on him every round.”

Asked if he thought he won the fight, Golovkin said simply, “Look, I still have all the belts. I am still the champion.”
Gennady Golovkin, right, and Canelo Alvarez fought to a draw Saturday night, with the judges scoring it 118-110 for Alvarez, 115-113 for Golovkin and 114-114.
Alvarez said he believed he deserved to win the fight, which matched two of the world’s elite pound-for-pound fighters.

“There wasn’t any power that surprised me,” Alvarez said. “In the first rounds, I came out to see what he had. Then I was building from there. I think I won eight rounds. I felt that I won the fight.

“I think I was superior in the ring. I won at least seven or eight rounds. I was able to counterpunch and made Gennady wobble at least three times. If we fight again, it’s up to the people. I feel frustrated over my draw.”

“No surprises,” said Abel Sanchez, Golovkin’s trainer. “We knew going into this it would be a war.”

“Yes, of course. Obviously, yes. If the people want it, yes. He didn’t win. It was a draw,” Alvarez said. “I always said I was going to be a step ahead of him. We’ll fight in the second one, but I’ll win.”

Said Golovkin: “Of course, I want the rematch. This was a real fight.”

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