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The trick, even though Saul Canelo Alvarez dominated the match against Gennady Golovkin, the scorecard is still the subject of conversation. The Mexican was accused in 2017 of running away with an inappropriate draw at his adoption fight home in Las Vegas.
And a year later, when Canelo emerged victorious in the rematch by majority decision, yet again few felt GGG deserved the nod. Although this time, four years later there were no arguments as Mexico led the way in a belated trilogy. But the scorecards don’t reflect that, with one number 116-112 and the other two 115-113.
Meaning, if Canelo lost just one more round, the score would be 114-114, an almost unthinkable result. It caused outrage online as the judge’s decision was again questioned, this time because it went against boxing’s prized asset.
Someone said: “They have drawn the cards upside down here and are trying to rob Canelo.”
Another said: “They almost robbed Canelo….never thought I’d see that day.”
One added: “It’s ironic that they robbed GGG last time and tried to rob Canelo this time.”
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Canelo, 32, is now expected to return to light heavyweight and try to avenge his loss in May to WBA champion Dmitry Bivol, 31. Meanwhile Golovkin, 40, is refusing to retire and looks set to return to middleweight, where he holds both the WBA and IBF belts. .
Despite the bad blood between iconic rivals for half a decade, the feud is now over. Canelo said: “For me, I am happy to share the ring with him. Like I said, we gave the fans a really good fight. “I’m happy to be involved in that kind of fight.”