Canelo & Golovkin: Post-Fight

By Caryn A. Tate on September 17, 2017
Canelo & Golovkin: Post-Fight
Golovkin said that Alvarez "ran," and added that the Byrd scorecard was "bad for boxing."

Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez stated more than once that he was surprised by Canelo’s in-ring strategy…

After their thrilling battle over 12 rounds in Las Vegas Saturday night at a sold-out T-Mobile Arena, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, and their respective teams, sat down with the press. The fight ended in a draw, but the fans were treated to a very good bout.

Everyone present on the podium, from both teams, was in agreement that Adalaide Byrd’s 118-110 scorecard in favor of Canelo was a poor one, as neither fighter should have won by that wide a margin. Nevada State Athletic Commission director Bob Bennett also spoke on the matter, saying Byrd “had a bad night,” and that he is “going to sit down with her and have her walk me through the rounds and how she scored them.” He alluded to the NSAC not taking the situation lightly, though wouldn’t commit to stating exactly what the repercussions would be.

Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez stated more than once that he was surprised by Canelo’s in-ring strategy and that “he ran for half the fight.”

Golovkin agreed, repeating that Alvarez “ran,” and added that the Byrd scorecard was “bad for boxing.”

Canelo’s promoter confirmed that there is a rematch clause (from Canelo’s side, if he had lost; but if GGG lost, there was no rematch clause), but they did not say whether they would exercise the rematch or what may be next for Canelo.

When asked if he felt Golovkin’s power, Canelo said, “No, truthfully, not really. There wasn’t any power that surprised me. In the first rounds, I came out to see what he had. Then I was building from there. Yes, of course I want the rematch. Obviously, if the people want it, then yes.”

When asked about Golovkin’s much-discussed power, Canelo said, “He has power. It’s a different power than others I faced. But he’s also not the monster that everybody was talking about. I didn’t feel that.”

As for his future plans, Canelo said, “Right now I’m going to take some time off, for the rest of the year. Then I’ll decide what’s next.”

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  1. Your NameJose Lopez 07:56am, 09/18/2017

    This was a very good fight, at the beginning it seemed as the kind of boxing match everyone wanted to see, when Canelo started feeling the sting of the jab and the punches he got on his bicycle and started running around the ring.  Without a doubt GGG won the fight.  Maywether and his antics in the ring turned me against boxing, I thought Boxing had learned its lessons but it seems not Crooked as always.

  2. Tom 06:07am, 09/18/2017

    I love that Canelo didn’t feel GGG’s power yet ran from him all night. If GGG had no power, why didn’t Canelo come forward? It’s all garbage. GGG won 116-112. The end of story.
    BTW Teddy Atlas was adamant picking Canelo to win before the fight. So no bias there.

  3. Pete The Sneak 03:34pm, 09/17/2017

    Was that Judge ( Adalaide Byrd) sitting on Canelos Dick? Cmon Man, 118-110?? WTF was she watching?? This is why this sport, as ,much as I love it, continues to get dogged.

  4. Timothy Agoglia Carey 12:06pm, 09/17/2017

    If Julie Lederman had that score card last night instead of Adalaide, GGG would have won a clear unanimous decision. Can a “sport” be any crazier than this one where fighters have to rely on Adalaide Byrd’s subjective/alternate universe judgement to make what are for these fighters life changing decisions!

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