On Saturday, September 16, 2017, the biggest fight of the year took place in Las Vegas, NV. IBF, IBO, WBA, and WBC Middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin took on the lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight champion, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in a superfight that has been in the making for over two years.
The fight was billed as “Supremacy” and promoter Oscar De La Hoya promised fight fans that it would be a fight to go down in the history books. De La Hoya was not lying either; when fight night came, the fighters came for a war.
Throughout the 12-round war, GGG stalked Canelo as both men traded power punches, the constant action making the fight very tough to score for the judges. Unfortunately however, the fight was ruled a controversial draw due to a ridiculous 118-110 scorecard in favor of Canelo.
As disappointing as the fight’s result was, what did we learn from Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez?
Golovkin’s Energy Is Endless
The biggest fear for all of Gennady Golovkin’s supporters coming into this fight was that, if Canelo Alvarez countered and worked the body like he could, GGG could be gassed by the sixth round.
This was not the case however.
Golovkin pursued Canelo the entire fight and ate numerous body shots without slowing down.
In fact, it was Canelo who slowed down throughout the fight, thanks to the constant Golovkin jab.
The True “Mexican” Fighter Wasn’t the Mexican
Leading up to the fight, both fighters bragged that they would come at each other relentlessly, leading to jaw-dropping action for the entirety of the bout. This style of fighting is known as Mexican style, named after the Mexican greats like Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., Juan Manuel Marquez and Ruben Olivares.
When fight night came however, Canelo spent the majority of the fight countering on the back foot and against the ropes, while Golovkin walked through everything he had in an attempt to destroy his opponent.
Though there were moments of Mexican style fighting in Canelo, especially in the 12th round, Golovkin was clearly the more aggressive and vicious fighter, deeming him the true Mexican fighter by many boxing greats.
Adelaide Byrd Should Never Work a Fight Again
Quite literally everybody had the fight 115-113 or more for Gennady Golovkin. 114-114 was acceptable, but in NO way did the fight warrant a 118-110 card for Canelo Alvarez by Adelaide Byrd.
That scorecard was ridiculous and it was not the first time she had ruined a card before. She is known for ruining UFC matches, as well as boxing matches.
It is a legitimate question as to why Byrd is allowed to judge anymore fights at all, let alone massive title fights.