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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.

Judging controversy unfolds in Golovkin-Alvarez draw with one lopsided score for Canelo

Gennady Golovkin lands a straight right to the chest of Canelo Alvarez. (Al Bello / Getty Images)
Gennady Golovkin lands a straight right to the chest of Canelo Alvarez. (Al Bello / Getty Images)

Bob Bennett, the executive director of the Nevada Athletic Commission, said late Saturday night that judge Adalaide Byrd needs “a small break” from big fights after turning in a scorecard in the draw between unbeaten middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez that had the Mexican challenger winning 118-110.

“I’m not going to put her right back in,” Bennett said. “She’ll still be in the business … but she needs to catch her breath.”

Golovkin, holder of three middleweight belts, said he felt “terrible” after Byrd’s lopsided scorecard in favor of Alvarez helped lead to a draw in the title fight at T-Mobile Arena.

“I think she turned in her scorecard before the fight started,” Golovkin trainer Abel Sanchez said.

Judge Dave Moretti scored the bout 115-113 in favor of Golovkin (37-0-1), and judge Don Trella scored it 114-114 to create the draw.

In five rounds that Moretti and Trella scored for Golovkin, Byrd awarded each round to Alvarez (49-1-2). Also, Trella strangely gave what seemed to be Golovkin’s decisive seventh round to Alvarez, also helping to create the draw.

“I had suspicions when they gave us the list of judges,” Sanchez said. “I think she needs to go back to school and learn how to judge a fight.”

The last time a Nevada boxing judge returned to a major fight after producing a universally panned scorecard, it was awful again, so don't expect Byrd to be back anytime soon.

In 2013, judge C.J. Ross turned in a highly disputed card that allowed Timothy Bradley to upset Manny Pacquiao. Commission head Keith Kizer returned her to judge the 2013 Alvarez-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight.

Mayweather cruised to victory on the other cards, but Ross scored the bout a draw. Shortly after that, Kizer and Ross were out of the business.

Bennett said Byrd was “wide” on her scoring, and even Alvarez promoter Oscar De La Hoya said, “What was that? People are scratching their heads. They’re confused.”

“Like in any profession, you have a bad night,” Bennett said. “Unfortunately, she didn’t do well. I can tell you she conducts training for us, takes judges under her wing … but her score was too wide.”

Bennett said a bad score “tears apart” a judge. He said he’ll order a meeting to discuss the card with Byrd, who has scored more than 100 title fights, according to Bennett.

Golovkin promoter Tom Loeffler admitted the controversy took some of the shine off an important night for the sport.

“Scoring it that way for Canelo takes away from the greatness of the performance in the ring,” Loeffler said. “Frankly, it is not good for the sport of boxing.”

Canelo vs. Golovkin ends in a classic draw

LAS VEGAS – Throwing heavy leather and showing unbending upper-body strength, Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez staged a fight for the ages Saturday that the judges called a draw.

Golovkin (37-0-1) retains his World Boxing Council, World Boxing Assn. and International Boxing Federation middleweight belts thanks to the scorecards, and Alvarez (49-1-2) has a contractual right to a rematch because of the outcome.

“I want to thank my fans and of course I want the rematch,” Golovkin said. “This was a real fight. I still have the belts and I’m still champion.”

The judges’ scorecards generated some controversy as Adelaide Byrd scored the fight 118-100 for Alvarez. Dave Moretti scored it 115-113 for Golovkin, while Don Trella had it a draw. Even Alvarez’s promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, criticized Byrd’s 118-110 scorecard. “What was that?” he asked.

“This is the most exciting fight that fans have seen in years,” De La Hoya said. “Obviously, it begs for a rematch.”

In a thrilling, back and forth barrage of blows — especially in the second half of the bout — the champion from Kazakhstan threw hammering blows that Alvarez weathered through the seventh, eighth and ninth rounds before 22,358 at T-Mobile Arena.

Instead of buckling like the 33 fighters who’ve been knocked out by the 35-year-old Golovkin, Alvarez, 27, dug deep and both out-boxed and out-powered Golovkin down the stretch.

In the 10th round, Alvarez struck Golovkin with such a thunderous right hand
 that the champion who had never been knocked down in 350 amateur fights and his entire pro career staggered backward to his left.

He found his footing and kept punching, just as Alvarez had done after occasionally getting cornered against the ropes and belted by Golovkin during the first half of the bout.

“I thought I won the fight. I was superior inside the ring. I won at least seven, eight of the rounds,” Alvarez said through a translator. “I was able to counterpunch and even make Gennady Golovkin wobble a couple of times. It’s up to the people if we fight again. I feel frustrated over this draw.”

Following festive introductions with roars from the sellout crowd, Golovkin sought to unleash his power, but found in the second that Alvarez’s hand speed and elusiveness were superior.

In the third, Alvarez again avoided Golovkin’s power and landed the better blows, including a left uppercut flush to the chin.

Golovkin went to corner Alvarez in the fourth, hitting him with body punches on the ropes.

The fifth round fulfilled the hopes of the action fight as each man delivered jarring head shots that caused the other to nod “no” to the pain. 

Golovkin also smiled off an uppercut as each threw heavy punches.

That started a run of hard, thrilling rounds that featured head-rattling, character-revealing moments that forced both the longtime champion Golovkin and former two-division belt-holder Alvarez to show why they’ve earned the metal.

It wasn’t early, but late, that each called upon the legendary fortitude seen in boxing middleweight epics like Marvin Hagler-Thomas Hearns and Sugar Ray Leonard-Hagler, setting the stage for a likely Part 2 in May 2018.

Golovkin is now unbeaten in 19 consecutive middleweight title fights.

Despite obvious drawbacks, the GGG-Canelo fight was all that

The sport that disappoints more than any other finally delivered a masterpiece that was promised Saturday night.

Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez did what was expected of them for 12 rounds, Golovkin applying nonstop pressure to the challenger to his middleweight championship, Alvarez slipping and countering with vicious power shots of his own.

The fans stood. They roared. They rocked the T-Mobile Arena.

About the only letdown they experienced was after the reading of the judges’ scores, declaring the fight a draw, which was unpopular but nonetheless fair.

Slide show: Photos from the GGG-Alvarez title fight

Gennady Golovkin, right, tries to evade a punch by Canelo Alvarez during their middleweight championionship bout. To see more images from the fight, click on the photo. (Al Bello / Getty Images)
Gennady Golovkin, right, tries to evade a punch by Canelo Alvarez during their middleweight championionship bout. To see more images from the fight, click on the photo. (Al Bello / Getty Images)

Watch the Canelo vs. Golovkin post-fight news conference

Controversial scorecard raises eyebrows after Canelo vs. Golovkin draw

There was much hand-wringing ringside and on Twitter over the 118-110 scorecard submitted by judge Adelaide Byrd in the Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin title fight. 

Bryd was roundly criticized on Twitter after her scorecard was so far off from the other two judges and most observers ringside. 

Bryd only gave Golovkin the 3rd and the 7th rounds. The other judges Dave Moretti had it 115-113 for Golovkin and Don Trella scored it a draw. 

Canelo Alvarez : ' I thought I won the fight'

Although the judges scored the fight between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin a draw, the Mexican champion thinks he won the fight. 

“I thought I won the fight. I was superior inside the ring. I won at least 7 or 8 of the rounds. I was able to counterpunch and even make Gennady Golovkin wobble a couple of times. It’s up to the people if we fight again, I feel frustrated over this draw.”

Canelo vs. Golovkin: Classic fight ends in a draw

Canelo Alvarez works a combination against Gennady Golovkin during their middleweight title fight. (Al Bello / Getty Images)
Canelo Alvarez works a combination against Gennady Golovkin during their middleweight title fight. (Al Bello / Getty Images)

One judge gave the fight to Golovkin 115-113, a second to Canelo 118-110 and the third had it a draw at 114-114. Fight ends in a draw. So a rematch should be guaranteed. 

Round 12: Canelo gets the 12th and it goes to the judges

Gennady Golovkin goes to the body against Canelo Alvarez. (Al Bello / Getty Images)
Gennady Golovkin goes to the body against Canelo Alvarez. (Al Bello / Getty Images)

Canelo uppercut opens the round and stops Golovkin. Both fighters seem pretty fresh even in this 12th round. Another good uppercut combination from Canelo. 

You can feel the desperation in Golovkin as he keeps pressing forward. This is a real classic fight. Golovkin lands a nice combination and he needs to keep pressing the action. 

Some nice action in the middle of the ring to end the fight and both boxers are really leaving everything out there. It's a really close fight. Canelo eeks out a hard-fought win.

LA TImes Card: 10-9 Canelo (115-113 Canelo) 

 

Round 11: Canelo takes lead heading into last round

Golovkin keeps the pressure on Canelo early and you see the confidence building in him. A nice overhead right by Canelo gets the crowd to his feet. Good round so far for Canelo. 

Golovkin slips a couple more of Canelo's punches in the corner and the boxers aren't tiring, even after 10 rounds of non-stop action. Credit to both of them. 

Canelo wins a close one and takes a lead heading into the final round. 

LA Times Card: Canelo 10-9 (105-104 Canelo) 

Round 10: Great action, and the fight is even

What a start to the 10th. Both fighters are leaving it all out there, and the crowd is on its feet. This is boxing. Two warriors going at it. 

Golovkin looks more marked up than Canelo, but this is the Mexican's hardest fight since Mayweather Jr. by far. 

Golovkin just doesn't let up and continues to chase Canelo around the right. Really strong action in the middle of the ring to end the round. Another close one. It's almost unfair that someone has to win that round, and another has to lose it. 

LA Times Card: Golovkin 10-9 (95-95 even)

Round 9: Even round goes to Golovkin; fight tightens up

Classic back and forth in the corner with both fighters unleashing strong blows. This needs an immediate rematch. It's a classic. 

The body shots haven't really been used much in the last couple of rounds as both fighters are mostly throwing jabs and uppercuts. Canelo really wants to set up his uppercut. 

Canelo drops his hands in the corner, but Golovkin keeps peppering him there. Nice combo by Canelo in the middle of the ring.

A very even round. It could go either way. I'll give it to Golovkin since he was pressing the action more. 

LA TImes Card: Golovkin 10-9 (86-85 Canelo) 

Round 8: Canelo bounces back with nice combinations

This fight is living up to the hype with constant action. Both boxers are executing their strategy through the first half of the fight. 

Golovkin is feeling much more comfortable throwing his jab now, and the crowd is noticing. What was expected to be a heavily pro-Canelo crowd isn't manifesting itself right now. 

Golovkin continues to stalk, but Canelo finally landed with one of those vicious uppercuts to stop Golovkin. 

Golovkin is looking a little puffy around the eyes. Close round goes to Canelo. 

LA Times Card: Canelo 10-9 (77-75 Canelo)

Round 7: Strong round for Golovkin

Both fighters may be tiring a bit as there is more dancing around the ring in the early going. That all changed with a nice left by Golovkin. 

Golovkin is doing some good work now in the corner. He continues to come forward, and Canelo can't keep him off. A very good round for Golovkin so far. 

This might be the round where things start to turn around for Golovkin.

LA Times Card: 10-9 Golovkin (67-66 Canelo)

Round 6: Even round goes to Canelo

Slower start to the sixth round after an amazing fifth round of action. Nice left by Canelo gets the crowd going again. 

Golovkin's endurance seems to be paying off a bit. He just keeps coming at Canelo, who is showing great defensive skills. 

Canelo with a nice combination to halt a bit of Golovkin's momentum. That does not stop the chants of "Triple G, Triple G."

Very even round, but it goes slightly to Canelo. 

LA Times Card: 10-9 Canelo (58-56 Canelo)

Round 5: Action-packed round goes to Golovkin

Slower start to the fifth, but some nice action in the corner as Canelo evades several of Golovkin's punches. 

Canelo is just missing with some big power shots and is doing a really good job countering. Golovkin rocked by a left, and the fighters are giving the fans what they want by staying in front of each other and throwing punches. The crowd is erupting.

What a round. The crowd is going nuts, and this is the loudest T-Mobile Arena may have ever gotten. 

Golovkin did enough work pushing Canelo into the corner and throwing combinations.

LA Times Card: 10-9 Golovkin (48-47 Canelo)

Round 4: Golovkin wins his first round with strong combinations

Canelo lands a couple strong lefts, and the crowd starts up with "Mexico, Mexico" chant. This is definitely trending Canelo's way in the early rounds. 

Golovkin hasn't been able to work the body, and Canelo looks just a bit faster. Nice combination by Golovkin as Canelo is standing against the ropes. 

He is taunting Golovkin a bit, which may be the first time that has ever been done to him. That confidence is showing strong now. A nice left by Golovkin silences the crowd. 

Golovkin wins his first close round. 

LA Times Card: Golovkin 10-9 (39-37 Canelo) 

Round 3: Good back and forth, but round goes to Canelo

Strong lefts by Golovkin to start the round. This is the best start to a round by Golovkin so far. 

Another missed uppercut by Canelo, and the chants for the Mexican champ start up again. Canelo is really loading up on his punches, but they've missed so far. If Golovkin slows up and one of those punches lands, watch out. 

Two uppercuts by Canelo and he is now in charge of the round. Canelo is looking much more confident right now, almost daring Golovkin to get close to him. 

LA Times Card: Canelo 10-9 (30-27 Canelo)

Round 2: Canelo wins another round, looks strong

GGG starts the round by flicking his jab with a nice combination by Canelo to start the round. 

Canelo is looking like he wants to land those power punches early. He isn't backing away. Another good combination from Canelo. Left by Golovkin just misses, and Canelo works the body a bit. 

Canelo looks much stronger early, snapping punches. A good round for Canelo  

LA Times Card: 10-9 Canelo (20-18 Canelo)

 

 

Round 1: Close first round goes to Canelo

Loud cheers at the opening bell, and both fighters started by dancing around the ring to the cheers of Canelo, Canelo followed by Triple G.

Canelo lands a nice right to the body, but this is playing out as both boxers said it would: a lot of measuring up the opponent. 

Very cautious opening minutes with Golovkin landing the first power shot. Canelo with a nice combination at the one-minute mark. A big uppercut by Canelo just missed to a loud gasp from the crowd. 

A very close round, but it goes to Canelo. 

LA Times Card: 10-9 Canelo 

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