Golovkin, Alvarez held to controversial draw in middleweight world title fight

 abc.net.au  9/17/2017 4:07:25 AM 

Updated September 17, 2017 14:23:55

The rematch is on and controversy has reigned as Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin's world middleweight title bout with Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez has ended in a draw.

One judge scored it 115-113 in favour of Golovkin, another 118-110 to Alvarez, and the other 114 apiece, prompting boos in the Las Vegas arena.

Golovkin, who landed more punches in the match, is still unbeaten over his career, retaining the IBF, WBA and WBC middleweight titles. But he could not put Alvarez down over 12 rounds, with Alvarez standing his ground throughout.

The fight looked to turn in the fifth round when Golovkin landed a savage hook square on Alvarez's jaw, prompting the Mexican to shake his head in defiance.

Under the pump on the ropes in the sixth, Alvarez tried a sneaky punch from behind his back, but was immediately called up by the referee.

But it could not stem the flow of landed punches from Golovkin, who proceeded to pin Alvarez on the ropes time and time again with his signature jabs.

Alvarez's best moment came in the 10th round, landing a heavy one-two on Golovkin before brilliantly defending against a counter-punch in the same motion.

It meant the final three rounds went blow for blow as Alvarez claimed the 11th and 12th, but the drawn result still looked a surprise given Golovkin was the aggressor for much of the contest.

More to come.

Topics: boxing, sport, united-states

First posted September 17, 2017 14:07:25

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