Like most boxing fans, this past Saturday night’s Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin megafight was sure to make the hair on the back of your neck tingle. Both guys were billed as the best two middleweights in the world and most so-called boxing experts believed it would be an instant classic. Seeing as though the middleweight division has always been one of the more glamorous weight classes, the winner of this fight would add their name to a list of fantastic fighters that include Carlos Monzon, Marvin Hagler, Harry Greb, Sugar Ray Robinson and Bernard Hopkins.
I won’t waste much time talking about the fight, because most people by know have either witnessed or heard what happened. Both Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0-1, 33KO’s) and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-2, 34KO’s)did not disappoint and displayed the heart of a champion in their pursuit of middleweight “Supremacy”. Most people that I have talked to believe Golovkin was the winner, but there were some who believed Alvarez was able to squeak out the victory. On my personal scorecard I had it 116-112 for Golovkin, but i’m always open to a pugilistic debate.
For now, I would like to focus on the judging that continues to stain the great sport of boxing. I get that it is not a perfect system, but to have fighters train for several months, essentially risking their lives to perform at the highest level, yet not receiving accurate scoring is inexcusable. Longtime Nevada judge Adalaide Byrd has not been a stranger to controversy over the years. At times, her scorecards have resembled a cheating golfer putting down a score of par, when they clearly three-putted for a double-bogey. Even if you are a Alvarez fan, you have to question the 118-110 score that Byrd posted after the fight. For anyone out there who doesn’t know, that is equivalent to Alvarez winning 10 out of the 12 rounds…ridiculous! As a result, Nevada State Athletic Executive Director Bob Bennett has stated, “Adalaide Byrd will take a break from judging fights in the near future”. I had previously owned a pair of the same glasses worn by Byrd during the fight. I gave them away, because I always “saw” myself dating Janet Jackson…it never happened. The trickle-down effect of this baffling scorecard has opened up thoughts of a “conspiracy theory”. There is no secret that Oscar De La Hoya carries a big stick in Vegas and the possibility of his main superstar (Canelo) catching an “L” would put a huge dent in the money-making potential of Golden Boy Promotions. I can’t say that I didn’t see this coming, because I have been on record as saying that Golovkin (Champion) would have to knockout Alvarez (Challenger) to win this fight. Yes, that’s right, in this case the champion would actually have to beat the challenger into bloody pulp.
Blah, blah, blah! I could go on for days, but when you have a great fighter (GGG) who will be turning 36 years old before the speculated rematch date (May 5th), the peak-performance window has already begun to close extremely fast.
In my opinion, the fight lived up to the hype. Both fighters proved why they were deserving of such high praise leading into the fight. Unfortunately, for boxing, fans that were on-the-fence may have decided to stay away for good because of the inept scoring. Hopefully, this moral illness that has plagued the “sweet science” for 100-plus years will be remedied…wishful thinking. #ChillinWithCheese