Golovkin robbed as ugly draw with Al­varez lat­est black eye for box­ing

New York Daily News - - SPORTS - BY BRIAN ADAMS

LAS VE­GAS — The only win­ner tonight was the UFC.

All the ques­tions were sup­posed to be fi­nally an­swered at the T-Mo­bile Arena in Las Ve­gas in front of a sold-out crowd of 22,358 fight fans when Canelo Al­varez and Gen­nady Golovkin fi­nally met in the ring, but one judge scor­ing the bout had an other idea.

Af­ter play­ing se­cond fid­dle to the mon­ster pro­duc­tion that was Floyd May­weather vs. Conor McGre­gor last month, Al­varez vs. Triple G was sold as a bout for box­ing “supremacy” as not only was the mid­dleweight crown at stake, but the face of box­ing was also on the line as the world of Ul­ti­mate Fight­ing con­tin­ues to take shots at the Sweet Science. But it turns out that the face of box­ing is an ugly one as the long-an­tic­i­pated bat­tle ended in a baf­fling and frus­trat­ing split draw.

The judges scored the bout 118-110 Al­varez, 115-113 Golovkin and 114-114, al­low­ing Golovkin to re­tain his uni­fied mid­dleweight bout.

“To­day peo­ple give me draw. I fo­cus on box­ing,” Triple G said. “Look my belts, I’m still champion. I’ve not lost.”

While both fight­ers lived up to their end of the bar­gain, de­liv­er­ing up­per­cuts and right hands to the de­light the crowd, the bizarre scor­ing was yet an­other ex­am­ple of what’s bleed­ing the sport of box­ing.

Many be­lieve the fight was close, like two of the score­cards show, but the 118110 rul­ing, courtesy of Judge Adalaide Byrd, is what has peo­ple up in arms.

When the bell rang to sig­nal the end of the fight, Triple G raised his hand to the loud­est ap­plause of the night for him. But when Byrd’s score was an­nounced, boos rained down so loud that it was hard to hear the other two judge’s scores. A draw was the fi­nal out­come and yet an­other em­bar­rass­ment for the sport of box­ing. The Daily News scored it 8 rounds to 4 in fa­vor of Triple G.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions all my friends from Mex­ico,” Golovkin said af­ter the fight. “I want a true fight. I want a big drama show.”

Im­me­di­ately af­ter the fight, box­ers took to so­cial me­dia posts to vent their frus­tra­tion. For­mer heavy­weight champ Len­nox Lewis tweeted, “Here we go again. ?? These score­cards were ridicu­lous! #canelovsggg.”

And An­to­nio Tarver added: “Boooooooooooo!!! Hor­ri­ble de­ci­sion but sadly I’m not sur­prised @GGGBox­ing @Canelo I just hope GGG just move on to the next ?? @HBObox­ing”

Al­varez en­tered the ring with the sort of con­fi­dence that Golovkin had not seen in re­cent op­po­nents. Al­varez has re­peat­edly said he fears no man in the ring and when the bell rang to start the bout he was con­tent to fol­low the blue­print of Daniel Ja­cobs and box. Al­varez would ap­pear to fade un­der the in­tense pres­sure, es­pe­cially in the mid­dle rounds.

Triple G pressed the ac­tion be­hind a stiff jab that con­trolled the pace of the fight. He never al­lowed Al­varez to rest dur­ing any of the rounds. The plan was to ap­ply pres­sure and force the smaller Al­varez into the most un­com­fort­able po­si­tion pos­si­ble.

“We knew this was go­ing to be a war,” said Golovkin trainer Abel Sanchez. “There were no sur­prises.”

It would be hard-pressed to find some­one this morn­ing who will say this bout lacked any­thing but a high-level com­pe­ti­tion. You are sure to hear all box­ing fans here in the United States and abroad also agree that Triple G was robbed. Not to take any­thing away from a fine per­for­mance from Al­varez but when a judge only gives the ag­gres­sive and more ef­fec­tive boxer two rounds, then it’s clear why box­ing is los­ing fans to UFC. A re­match clause will cer­tainly be hon­ored but it won’t make peo­ple for­get Satur­day night when the wrong face of box­ing was re­vealed.

“Ob­vi­ously yes, if the peo­ple want (a re­match),” Al­varez said. “He didn’t win, it was a draw. I al­ways said I was go­ing to be a step ahead of him.”

Al­varez was guar­an­teed $5 mil­lion, while Golovkin had a $3 mil­lion guar­an­tee. Both were ex­pected to make a great deal more on a share of the pay-per-view rev­enue. What was lack­ing was the pay­off. “It’s not my fault,” Golovkin said. “I put pres­sure on ev­ery round.”

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