The highly-anticipated fight between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin lived up to its promise, with both fighters showing off the styles that have made them two of boxing’s best. Canelo, who was looking to counter, looked confident early on, landing some heavy shots throughout the fight. GGG started off slowly, showing respect for Canelo’s power. As the fight wore on, GGG became the aggressor, outworking Alvarez until rounds 10 through 12, when Canelo attempted to mount a comeback.
Things started off well enough…
— Edgar (@_EO2_) September 17, 2017
… and once the bell rang, Canelo and GGG were on the edge of their seats.
— ヴァル??? (@balerie_) September 17, 2017
Canelo appeared more comfortable early in the fight…
— Sara R. Marrero (@srmc1995) September 17, 2017
… But GGG began turning the tide, landing more punches.
— Raz Ahmed (@Raz_ahmedd) September 17, 2017
This former champ was following closely:
It's been a great tactical fight so far but it's heating up now! #CaneloGGG
— Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) September 17, 2017
Both fighters are known for having single punch knockout power, so it felt like a big mistake from either boxer could have led to a KO.
— Rusty (@Chunky_Lover53_) September 17, 2017
Once the final bell rang, most observers believed GGG did enough to get a comfortable decision in his favor.
Round 12: They go the distance in a terrific fight! Rd 12 for Canele. GGG wins 116-112 on my card. https://t.co/tyG3p6gBe8
— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) September 17, 2017
But once the decision was announced — a split decision draw, with one judge scoring the fight 118 – 110 in favor of Canelo — most people reacted this way:
— Shit Mexicans?? Do (@SOMEXlCAN) September 17, 2017
Although the fight was close, the 118-110 score from judge Adelaide Byrd made people very skeptical.
— Luke (@asvp_luke) September 17, 2017
What fight was she watching?
That means Byrd thought GGG only won two rounds the whole fight.
— Joey Langone (@JoeyLangone) September 17, 2017
Yes, only TWO rounds for GGG.
— RobDaRuler (@RobDaRuler) September 17, 2017
Former trainer Teddy Atlas wasn’t having any of it:
— Gazarín (@agaz996) September 17, 2017
Although Canelo said he felt he won, the look of frustration on his face appeared to tell a different story:
— BoxingHypeStore.com (@BoxingHype) September 17, 2017
Although he was disappointed with the draw, GGG reminded everyone he was still the champ.
— BoxNation (@boxnationtv) September 17, 2017
Some wondered if Oscar De La Hoya, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, had something to do with the sketchy score.
De La Hoya said he thought Canelo won but didn’t understand the 118-110 scorecard.
Oscar De La Hoya says 118-110 doesn't make sense to him either.
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) September 17, 2017
For many boxing fans, a classic fight was overshadowed by a questionable decision.
#CaneloGGG was one of the best fights I've seen for a long time.
Stylish work from vs relentless pressure.
But we now talk about judges.?
— Dave Coldwell (@davidcoldwell) September 17, 2017
But guess what? They’re gonna do it all over again next May.
De La Hoya says that Canelo has a contractual immediate rematch clause, and that he intends to exercise it. So–see you in May.
— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixYS) September 17, 2017