Boxing after McGregor and Mayweather

Erik Hultgren, News Reporter

If Conor McGregor versus Floyd Mayweather was the fight that the boxing world wanted, Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin may have been the fight that it needed.

Going into the bout, each of the boxers held multiple belts and were set to compete for the unified middleweight title.

The fight was held on September the sixteenth at Las Vegas’s T-Mobile Arena and lasted for a full twelve, brutal rounds before resulting in a draw.

Of the three official judges that scored the match, one scored in favor of Golovkin, one in favor of Alvarez, and one scored the match as an even 114-114 tie.

Overall the fight received very positive reviews, even with the way that it was concluded. ESPN’s Dan Rafael called it “a bona fide fight of the year candidate”, and described it as “a bruising and punishing fight.”

Despite being close enough to be decided as a draw, there has been a significant amount of controversy regarding the judge who scored the fight in favor of Alvarez. Both fighters landed several jabs, hooks, and body shots throughout the brawl. In ten of the twelve rounds, Golovkin managed to land more punches than Alvarez, totaling around fifty more hits for the match.  However, even with these statistical advantages, judge Adalaide Byrd favored Alvarez on what ESPN’s Rafael called “a scorecard that likely will go down as one of the most shocking in boxing history.”

In spite of the result not going his way, Golovkin still seemed unfazed after the fights, stating, “Look, I still have all the belts. I am still the champion.”

Upon being interviewed after the clash, both fighters conceded that a rematch was inevitable. Furthermore, Golovkin commented, “Of course, I want the rematch. This was a real fight.”

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