Who really won the fight? Canelo or Golovkin?

The two best middleweights of the era, Gennadiy Golovkin (72% KO ratio presently) and Canelo Alvarez (41% KO ratio presently) met in the ring for the first time on September 16th, 2017 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Golovkin was undefeated at the time and Alvarez’s only loss was to Floyd Mayweather Jr. Three out of the four top title championship belts were at stake, the WBA, WBC & IBF. The IBO and RING magazine belts were also in play.

Even though Golovkin landed more punches than Alvarez in ten of the twelve rounds (Compubox), the match ended in a controversial split decision draw. The draw was Golovkin’s 19th consecutive defense, just one behind Bernard Hopkins.

Canelo hits Golokvin with a straight right hand during their 1st match.
Canelo hits Golokvin with a straight right hand during their 1st match.

Alvarez vs. Golovkin I (Takeaways)

  • Alvarez started out good and at a faster pace, however, as the fight wore on Golovkin slowly took over in the middle rounds as Alvarez tired.
  • Golovkin kept all his title belts with the draw, but it was the first time he had not won a match professionally.
  • Alvarez turned it on again the last few rounds which is what got him a draw rather than a loss.
  • There was no question it was a close match. The scorecard 118 – 110 for Alvarez by Adalaide Byrd was absurd on it’s face with even Oscar De La Hoya calling it “fantasy”. For some reason close matches like this always seem to have one judge who has a radical score card compared to what the rest of us were watching, including the other two official judges.
  • Although he landed less punches than Golovkin, Canelo landed the harder and sharper punches throughout a good portion of the fight, although later on in the match, Golovkin’s shots slowly gained strength.
  • Alvarez did NOT do enough to take Golovkin’s belts. I’m pretty certain most of us could all agree with that one observation at least.

Canelo vs. Golovkin I (Score Card)

Our score card (BOXXXING) is below. I am sure there will be many who disagree with it. Click here for a list of other fan’s Golovkin vs. Alvarez I score cards.

RDS (1-6) 01 02 03 04 05 06 TOTALS
Alvarez 10 10 10 9 9 9 57
Golovkin 9 9 10 10 10 10 58
RDS (7-12) 07 08 09 10 11 12 TOTALS
Alvarez 9 9 9 10 10 10 114
Golovkin 10 10 10 9 9 9 115