The level of competition in their first bout was marred by the judging and resulted in a disputed draw on the scorecards.
Canelo Alverez and Gennady Golovkin fought a classic give-and-take battle on September 17th of last year and when the final bell sounded, the judges were more remembered than the two combatants and that has become too much of the norm these days as the bout ended in a split draw.
Boxing fans tune into fights for various reasons; some to see the toe-to-toe action, some to see the sweet science of the sport and some to just support the sport as a whole. But NO ONE tunes in to see a judge have an impact on the fight.
In the first fight, Judge Adalaide Byrd scored the bout 118-110 in favor of the Mexican star. Now scoring a fight is purely subjective. I can’t tell you what you did or did not see, same as you can’t tell the same. But some things are just too obvious. Making things more bizarre is the fact that Alvarez himself says he felt he won eight rounds, which would make his score card 116-112. The majority of the viewers felt Triple G was successful. The twitter universe went wild after the decision was read and it was led by heavyweight great Lennox Lewis who keep it short and sweet; “Here we go again.”
This time around, the Nevada Athletic Commission, Golden Boy Promotions and K2 Promotions have all agreed on utilizing East Coast judges, Dave Moretti, Glenn Feldman and Steve Weisfeld. Not to suggest having east coast judges would eliminate the human error or favoritism factor, but it gives the perception of a more even playing field, and perception goes a long way in this world. It is not what you will or won’t do, it’s all about what people think you will or won’t do.
The focus should be on the rematch and why it is going to be another exciting fight. There are several factors that would lead one to believe this will be a “can’t miss” fight. Both guys felt they not only won the first bout but that there were also things they didn’t capitalize on. Both guys felt disrespected regarding the failed drug test from Alvarez earlier this year. Triple G feels that Alvarez is trying to cheat to gain an advantage and Alvarez says he has no reason to cheat because Triple G “does not have the ability to defeat me.”
Words are not that important in life but when it comes to a combat activity, words can measure a strategy. It sounds to me that both guys are looking to be more offensive and aggressive come this Saturday, and if that is the case, then another classic might just happen.