The Aftermath: Canelo vs GGG ends in controversy

What a fight!!! Fight fans got everything that they could have wanted, except for a respectable decision by the judges. Canelo and GGG left everything they had in the ring last night. While we believe it was a very close fight, optically GGG won.

“I thought I won the fight”, Canelo said. “I was superior inside the ring. I won at least 7…8 of the rounds. I was able to counterpunch and even make Gennady Golovkin wobble a couple of times. It’s up to the people if we fight again, I feel frustrated over this draw.”

From the start of Round 6, Canelo looked to be losing steam and GGG looked to be getting stronger. He kept coming forward and backing Canelo up, applying continuous pressure. Canelo was very successful in nullifying GGG’s power throughout the fight, by rolling off of the big right hand punches that Golovkin was looking to land. It was clear from the beginning that Canelo didn’t fear GGG’s power.

At the start of the fight, Canelo looked to be in control, circling the ring with constant head movement and demonstrating sharp defense while throwing and landing to the body of GGG. Canelo was able to work his jab early on and throw combinations behind it, as the crowd chanted Canelo…Canelo…Canelo! For the first five rounds Canelo was able to beat GGG to the punch and invited GGG to engage in a fight. Golovkin struggled to find the range and the ability to put together punch combinations that had any meaningful impact on Canelo. Going into the sixth round, we had the fight four rounds to one in Canelo’s favor.

“It’s a big drama show. I want to thank all my fans, I want to thank all my Kazakhstan fans for supporting me, for coming out. Of course I want a rematch, this was a real fight. Look I still have all the belts, I’m still the champion.”

However, in round six, things began to change. Gennady and Canelo began to trade punches, but Canelo was able to avoid the big bombs that Gennady was throwing, by using great head movement and crafty footwork. But, you could sense that the constant pressure was starting to tire Canelo. Rounds sixth through nine went to Golovkin, giving him the edge 5-4 at that point in the fight. The last third of the fight saw the two fighters go toe-to-toe in the tenth round, where we gave the edge to Canelo. GGG came back in the eleventh round as Canelo looked completely gassed. Going into the twelfth round, we had Golovkin up by one round. Canelo got a great early start to round twelve, but it was questionable as to whether he was able to pull it out, thus justifying the split draw. We gave the last round to Golovkin, which means Golovkin wins 115-113.

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Unfortunately, despite our burning desires, EightCount.tv isn’t an official judge for the fight. The judges came in with a score of 118-110 in favor of Canelo from Adelaide Byrd, 115-113 in favor of Golovkin from Dave Moretti and Don Trella scored it 114-114 for a draw , resulting a split draw. We’re not sure what fight Adelaide Byrd was watching, but the fight was definitely tighter than 118-110. Byrd only had GGG winning rounds four and seven. While we agree with her assessment of Round 7 because Canelo started to tire, Canelo clearly won Round 4 from what we see. Moreover, depending on how you scored the last two rounds, 115-113 in favor of Golovkin and a 114-114 draw are much more realistic

CHECK OUT THE OFFICIAL JUDGES SCORECARD HERE: Canelo-Golovkin score card

After the fight, both fighters expressed their thoughts on how the fight went and their respective desires for a rematch.

“I thought I won the fight”, Canelo said. “I was superior inside the ring. I won at least 7…8 of the rounds. I was able to counterpunch and even make Gennady Golovkin wobble a couple of times. It’s up to the people if we fight again, I feel frustrated over this draw.”

Golovkin remarked, “It’s a big drama show. I want to thank all my fans, I want to thank all my Kazakhstan fans for supporting me, for coming out. Of course I want a rematch, this was a real fight. Look I still have all the belts, I’m still the champion.”

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Clearly, a  middleweight unification bout between either opponent tonight and Billy Joe Saunders, the reigning WBO Middleweight Champion from the United Kingdom is off the table for now. A rematch would be more lucrative for the likes of both fighters, Golden Boy Promotions, GGG Promotions and Las Vegas, which begs the question – could the financial upside that a fight of this magnitude presents have tainted the outcome of the fight?

I guess we’ll have to wait and see and in the meantime, let the speculators speculate.

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