A massive black eye sits on the face of the boxing world after last week's mega-fight between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin.
Since suffering his one and only loss of his career to Floyd Mayweather back in 2013, Canelo Alvarez has solidified himself as the new face of the sport with wins over the likes of Miguel Cotto, Amir Khan, and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. He has proven himself as a legitimate knockout artist and one of boxing's most fierce punchers, but nobody hits harder than his most recent opponent, Gennady Golovkin.
Golovkin is a gem in the boxing world that only comes around once in a lifetime, as the Kazakhstani star held an undefeated record of 37-0 before stepping into the ring against Canelo, with 33 of those victories coming by way of knockout.
When the pair shared the ring the contest was fairly back-and-forth in the early rounds, however, Golovkin clearly took home several more rounds than the Mexican when the final bell had been rung. Despite this, the judges scorecards named the fight a Majority Draw, angering the boxing community and setting up an inevitable rematch down the road.
Recently, HBO's veteran broadcast analyst, Jim Lampley, sounded off on the feud between Golovkin and Canelo and explained why he believes Golovkin is deteriorating (quotes via Boxing Scene):
"[After watching the Canelo fight,] I've learned that Gennady Golovkin is deteriorating before our very eyes. I believe that he's slipping and I did not really see it that clearly in the Jacobs fight as I saw it this time.
"Most particularly his unbelievable footwork, his ability to trap opponents and put pressure on them - isn't there any more," Lampley told BoxingScene.com.
"And he only landed eight body shots in the fight, apparently concerned about being countered upstairs by Canelo. Now I say that despite the fact that I thought Gennady was the actual winner of the fight.
"But seeing what I saw in that fight, I don't know if I'd make him the favorite to win the rematch - because I think Canelo learned enough about what Gennady does.
"And if Gennady does not get back some of what it seems to me that he's lost, if he's going to be that timid about throwing body shots in the second fight - then I think Canelo is going to take a big advantage of that.
"I think you are going to have to see a slightly different Gennady Golovkin if he's going to be the winner of the second fight."
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