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.”
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.
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.
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.”