Gennady Golovkin told his promoter Tom Loeffler that he believed he had defeated Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.
Golovkin and Alvarez went the distance in a controversial draw in September’s fight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
In the middle of the controversy was a questionable scorecard from judge Adalaide Byrd.
Immediately there were calls for Byrd’s scoring to be referred to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Due to the unfinished business of the first bout, the WBC have confirmed an immediate rematch to take place.
The date has yet to be decided, with rumours already swirling of a rematch in either May or September.
Golovkin still holds the WBA (super), WBC, IBF, and IBO middleweight titles.
Speaking to ES News at a WBC Convention, Tom Loeffler, Golovkin’s promoter, stated that GGG felt that he won the fight.
“He said that he felt he won the fight, Abel (his trainer) thought he won the fight.
"He was disappointed with the judging. That would be the only knock on the event is that the kind of you know, the wide scoring there. But, it could have been a lot worst. If it were two judges that way then it would have been a disaster.
"He still has all his titles. He’s still the unified champion. He’s not disappointed in his performance – he’s just disappointed with the judging and he thinks that’s a bad reflection on the sport.”
The fight was scored 115-113 for Golovkin by Dave Moretti, Don Trella called it 114-114, with Adalaide Byrd dubiously scoring the fight 118-110 in favour of Canelo.
The undefeated Golovkin told Loeffler that he was disappointed with the judging.
The Kazakh boxer was not disappointed with his performance on the night, however. The fight was a testament to 2017’s incredible year of boxing.
Loeffler stated that the decision could have been a lot worse, inferring that another scorecard akin to Byrd’s would have been a disaster.
The fight was Golovkin’s first draw in his professional career, whilst it was Canelo Alvarez’s second. His first came in June 2006 with a split draw against Jorge Juarez in Tijuana, Mexico.
Golovkin moves onto the ordered rematch still undefeated with 37 wins from his 38 fights. Alvarez now holds a 49-1-2 record, his only loss coming at the hands of Floyd Mayweather in September 2013.
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