Mid­dleweights ar­gue over who won drawn slugfest

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

CANELO Al­varez and Gen­nady Golovkin ar­gued af­ter­wards about who won their mid­dleweight show­down.

No one could ar­gue it wasn’t a great fight.

Golovkin re­tained his mid­dleweight ti­tles on Satur­day night, fight­ing to a 12round draw with Al­varez in a bru­tal bat­tle that ended with both fight­ers hold­ing their hands aloft in vic­tory.

It was a fight nei­ther de­served to lose and, when the scores were tal­lied, nei­ther did. The mid­dleweight bout years in the mak­ing lived up to its hype as the two fight­ers traded huge punches and went af­ter each other for 12 rounds.

Nei­ther was down or se­ri­ously hurt, but both landed big punches to the head that had the crowd scream­ing.

Al­varez ral­lied late to win the last three rounds on each score­card and pull out the draw, al­though both fight­ers claimed vic­tory.

“I won seven to eight rounds eas­ily,” Al­varez said.

“I was su­pe­rior in­side the ring. To­day peo­ple give me draw. I fo­cus on box­ing,” Golovkin said.

“Look my belts, I’m still cham­pion. I’ve not lost.”

Kaza­khstani Golovkin was the ag­gres­sor through­out and landed punches that had put other fight­ers on the can­vas.

But he couldn’t knock Al­varez down and the Mex­i­can boxer more than stood his own in ex­changes with Triple G. The two were still brawl­ing as the fi­nal sec­onds ticked down.

Al­varez was lead­ing af­ter the first three rounds, then Golovkin dom­i­nated the mid­dle rounds. Af­ter a pep talk from his cor­ner, Al­varez came out more ag­gres­sive in the 10th round to pull out the draw.

Two score­cards were close, with Golovkin ahead 115- 113 on one and a 114- 114 draw on the other. But vet­eran judge Adalaide Byrd in­ex­pli­ca­bly had Al­varez win­ning 118- 110, giv­ing him all but two rounds.

The Associated Press scored it 114- 114.

Both fight­ers raised their hands in tri­umph at the fi­nal bell and jumped into the arms of cor­ner men. Then they waited as the score­cards were added up to see who would leave the ring with the belts.

Ring­side punch­ing stats cred­ited Golovkin land­ing 217 of 703 punches while Al­varez landed 169 of 505.

Gen­nady Golovkin throws a punch at Canelo Al­varez.

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