You know what? It’s a bloody shame what happened on Saturday night. This was the fight all of boxing had been waiting for. Arguably the sports two biggest names in Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin finally facing off in the ring.
This was billed as the fight that would restore the reputation of boxing. The fight game needed a shot in the arm especially as this fight was coming in the wake of the farce that was Mayweather-McGregor. The public were baying for a real contest, one for the ages.
What they got was an excellent fight full of great technique, heart and good, clean fighting. Twelve absorbing rounds finished with most observers, including myself, having GGG the winner. He was the aggressor and forced Canelo to fight on the outside. Canelo finished strongly and possibly took the last three rounds. However, GGG had done enough through the middle rounds in my opinion to take the decision by at least two rounds.
What followed was the latest in a long line of ridiculous decisions that have plagued this great sport for forever. Nobody anticipated this being called a draw. The thing is that wasn’t even the real shock. The real shocker was one of the judges scored the fight 118-110 in favour of Canelo. Stunned doesn’t cover what we all thought of that.
It’s at times like this that you realise that boxing doesn’t help itself. Such controversies have always happened, still happen and will undoubtedly happen again in the future. The sport doesn’t do enough to safeguard against such nonsense. The problem is the boxing boards of control are only there in name only.
Money talks in boxing. The very nature of the sport lends itself to the shadier figures in society and therefore the sport will always be open to such suspicion. People are saying it was a fix and if I’m honest that’s the only logical conclusion that I can come to.
We are led to believe that the judge at the centre of it all had a wealth of experience within boxing. The judge was also a woman. There isn’t a lot of talk out there that a woman shouldn’t be anywhere near a championship boxing match. I don’t subscribe to that. Male or female, if you know the game then you’re fit to judge.
For her to have been on the panel for such a high-profile fight, you would imagine she must know the game. If you know the game there is no way in hell that you have Canelo ahead by 8 points. There was an audible gasp ringside when that call came up. A disgrace and she should never judge a fight at any level ever again.
The thing is these two were always going to have a rematch regardless of who won. This was always going to be a great one and I believe a rematch will be even better. This was all about money and about how much certain individuals were going to make.
As always, this whole saga will get brushed under the carpet and we will move on. It’s unfortunate that it’s yet another massive stain against the sport of boxing on a night where the two gladiators in the ring did their level best to uplift it.
We await the rematch!