One of the most controversial results in recent boxing history has been called “bad for the sport” by Gennady Golovkin, the man who was sorely denied victory over Saul “Canelo” Alvarez after 12 rounds in Las Vegas on Saturday.
The two middleweight stars went head to head at the T-Mobile Arena in what was a sensational demonstration of boxing pedigree, although most agree Golovkin should have won convincingly on the scorecard after dominating his foe for the majority of the fight.
Instead, Golovkin retained his WBA, WBC and IBF titles and was made to settle for the first result in his 38 professional fights that wasn’t a victory, while Alvarez was fortunate not to pick up a second career loss.
Canelo started and finished stronger, but it was Kazakh Golovkin who took control from the fourth to the 10th with some sway, and he called the result “bad for the sport,” adding: “It’s terrible, for me it’s terrible. This is not correct. I saw the computer, the total punches and I saw people’s reaction.”
Both fighters have spoken openly about their willingness to stage a rematch.
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