It was one of the most anticipated fights of the year, and definitely did not fail to live up to expectations in terms of both action and talking points.
Two of the biggest names in boxing squared off when Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin faced Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in the boxing centre of Las Vegas.
Hailed as a classic bout by many, it was a welcome change to see such a high calibre boxing event after watching the very different spectacle of Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor relatively recently.
Though the quality of both men was praised, unfortunately most of the attention was taken by the scorecards after the bell.
The majority of those who saw the fight agreed that Golovkin had done just enough to edge the victory overall, with the statistics and aggression of the fighter’s performance backing this up.
While a draw wasn’t unthinkable, the heavily weighted Alvarez scorecard given by Adalaide Byrd had the boxing world in shock, and left a bitter after taste in the wake of such a great contest.
This has led the numerous calls for a rematch to address the issue, with Alvarez now having his say on any prospective fight between himself and the Kazakh again.
He said: “I want it to be my first fight of 2018.
“I do not want another fight that is not the tiebreaker with Golovkin, and that’s what we’re going to try to do.
“The people were happy and now they want to see the rematch.”
Alvarez’ promotion company Golden Boy also seem keen to fast track any rematch, with president Eric Gomez saying they wouldn’t leave Golovkin’s team waiting long to arrange a repeat bout.
Perhaps surprisingly, due to the nature of the fight, people may have expected Canelo to be more silent on any rematch.
On the other hand, if he genuinely believes he can score an indisputable win over GGG, the finances and prestige it would bring would be hard to find elsewhere.
Unquestionably, the desire from the fighters and the public for another fight between the two is there for all to see.