Earlier this year one of the biggest fights in boxing history took place, as two of the sports most feared combatants went toe-to-toe in the middle of the ring.
Canelo Alvarez has been dubbed boxing's new mega-star and biggest draw since the retirement of Floyd Mayweather, and has only lost one fight in his fighting career - that fight being against none other than Mayweather back in 2013. Since his loss, Canelo has continued on his rampage inside the ring, racking up several knockout wins over the likes of Alfredo Angulo, James Kirkland, Amir Khan, and Liam Smith.
Following his 12 round thrashing of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. this past May, Canelo was then paired up with the most vicious knockout artist in the middleweight division, Gennady Golovkin. Golovkin reigns as the WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, and IBO middleweight champion, and would finally get his long awaited fight against Canelo.
The pair would finally meet on pay-per-view (PPV) last month (Sat. September 16, 2017) in Las Vegas, and put on quite the event. In the early portion of the fight it seemed as though we'd be getting a pretty back-and-forth bout, until Golovkin began to dominate in the latter rounds.
When the fight's final bell had rung boxing fans around the world were sure Golovkin would be walking away with a unanimous decision win, but were shocked when they heard the judges had deemed the fight a Majority Draw.
Talk of a rematch has already begun to hit the boxing newswire, and according to Golovkin's promoter Tom Loeffler who recently appeared on MMA Junkie Radio, there's a possibility it doesn't take place in Vegas to avoid crooked judging (quotes via MMA Junkie):
“It really wasn’t a question in our mind,” Loeffler recently told MMAjunkie Radio. “It was a great event, it lived up to all the hype – the action in the ring lived up to the billing. It’s just unfortunate that people are talking about the scoring instead of the fight itself.
“We’ll sit down with Bob (Bennett) and there are some things we’d want to address if the fight goes back to Vegas – we won’t rule out Vegas, but I know there was some hesitation from the ‘GGG’ side,” he said.
“He’s never had that issue when he’s fought in California or New York or even in London. We just want to make sure it’s a fair playing field for both sides.”
“Dave Moretti, who’s from Nevada, had ‘GGG’ winning by a point, and we thought either one round or two rounds (ahead for ‘GGG’) was the right score,” Loeffler said.
“And then Don Trella, who’s actually a neutral judge form Connecticut, he scored the seventh round, which I thought was one of Gennady’s best rounds of the fight, he scored that for Canelo, and that’s how he came up with a draw.
"So even though Adelaide Byrd took a lot of heat because or her wide score, had Don Trella scored it the way Dave Moretti scored it, we wouldn’t be talking about this.”
What are your thoughts on Golovkin's promoter suggesting that a rematch with Canelo could possibly take place elsewhere from Las Vegas? Is it justified to consider a different location for the fight given how the first played out with the judging? Where would you like to see the fight take place? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
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