One of boxing's biggest fights of the year ended with a controversial Majority Draw decision, and the inevitable talk of a rematch will continue to loom until something is official.
Coming into the fight Gennady Golovkin hoisted an undefeated boxing record of 37-0 and finished 33 of those fights via knockout. Golovkin is viewed as boxing's most dangerous knockout artist and one of the pound-for-pound best the world has to offer. After defeating some pretty hefty competition Golovkin would finally get his long awaited crack at boxing mega-star Canelo Alvarez to defend his WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, and IBO middleweight titles against the Mexican.
Alvarez is equally as ferocious with his striking power inside the ring, having racked up 49 career wins and only one loss, which came against the greatest of all time in Floyd Mayweather Jr. He has also gone to two draws, with the latter coming against Golovkin in their match-up earlier this month.
While the beginning of the fight seemed rather back-and-forth, Golovkin proceeded to dominate the fight for the majority of the remaining rounds. While boxing fans were universally convinced Golovkin would be walking away with a decision win, the scorecards instead presented a Majority Draw Decision with a 115-113 score for Golovkin, a 114-114 draw, and Adalaide Byrd's controversial 118-110 score for Canelo.
Both men have expressed interest in a rematch very soon, with Canelo stating that he'd like it to be his first fight of 2018. Former Boxing champ Bernard Hopkins recently commented on the pending rematch, and suggested he believes Canelo would easily defeat GGG in a rematch (quotes via Boxing Scene):
"If you look at all rematches mostly in boxing, one guy usually wins easy. Canelo will win easy. That doesn't mean he don't have to train like he did for the first fight but right now you gotta understand the Grim Reaper came.
"You all now realize that he is vulnerable. Don't get your mind clogged with Byrd. You gotta look at, did Triple G live up to your expectations?" Said Hopkins.
What are your thoughts on Hopkins' comments regarding why Canelo will easily defeat Golovkin in a rematch? Are you on board with what he said? Or will we simply see a repeat of the original fight in which Golovkin dominates the Mexican for the latter portion of the fight? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
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