The Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin fight lived up to the hype with a classic middleweight battle that ended in a somewhat controversial draw. One judge scored it 118-110 for Canelo, a second judge had it 115-113 for Golovkin and the third had it even.
Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin each made weight Friday for their Saturday night middleweight-title showdown.
Both Mexico’s Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 knockouts) and unbeaten, three-belt champion Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) weighed in at 160 pounds.
Saturday’s HBO pay-per-view bout at T-Mobile Arena will be the second with a weight limit of 160 pounds or more for Alvarez, 27, the former two-division champion.
Alvarez’s added brawn has caused some debate this week by fight insiders questioning whether he became too muscular when his speed might serve as a better asset in the bout against the veteran Golovkin, 35, who never has been knocked down.
Golovkin has appeared slightly drawn this week, a situation that drew more whispers when his publicist asked reporters Wednesday not to shake hands with him because “it’s cold and flu season.”
The bout is the most significant yet for Golovkin, who has been avoided in the past by the likes of middleweight champions Felix Sturm, Sergio Martinez, Miguel Cotto, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and even Alvarez, who gave back his World Boxing Council belt last year rather than accept a Golovkin date.
The pay-per-view fight card begins at 5 p.m. Pacific time, with Alvarez-Golovkin preceded by three bouts.