Alvarez, urged by his corner that he needed something special in the final few rounds, finished with a flurry as the capacity crowd cheered him on at T-Mobile Arena. All three judges gave the Mexican the last three rounds. Golovkin landed more punches over the 12 rounds and was ahead 218 to 169 overall by an unofficial count. Both boxers said they were keen to fight again.
Wow! Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin fight to draw in middleweight title fight. pic.twitter.com/Tv91gvDHA5— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 17, 2017
"Yes, of course, if the people want it," said Alvarez, who thought he had won "seven or eight" rounds. "Look at my belts. I'm still the champion," he said. "Of course I want a rematch." While many experts gave Golovkin the edge, the scorecard of the judge that awarded it to Alvarez 118-110 immediately raised eyebrows.
Canelo will exercise his rematch clause vs. GGG https://t.co/1MqLmFutNx— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) September 17, 2017
Another judge scored it 115-113 to Golovkin, while the third had it a 114-114 draw. The result was roundly booed.
I mean I get the whole "scoring is subjective" thing & I agree it can be & rounds are close etc but 118-110 Canelo is just blatant cheating!— matthew macklin (@mattmacklin) September 17, 2017
California-based Golovkin, widely known by his nickname 'Triple G', had an edge in jabs, but neither fighter could deliver a knockout. "I want big drama show. It’s not my fault," said Golovkin.
ggg won. But They gonna fight again— Dwight Howard (@DwightHoward) September 17, 2017