It wouldn’t be a Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin fight without some sort of scorecard controversy – and Saturday night’s trilogy fight in Las Vegas was no exception.
While the general consensus was that Cancelo dominated most of the fight to remain the undisputed super middleweight champion, the ringside judges scored much narrower.
Dave Moretti scored the fight 116-112, but the other two judges – Steve Weisfeld and David Sutherland – rated it 115-113.
While it ensured the unanimous verdict in Canelo’s favor and far less controversy than their infamous split tie in 2017, there was still plenty of raised eyebrows among fight fans.
Many fans thought the Mexican had won at least nine of the 12 rounds, but the judges only put a round or two in between.
Canelo was certainly in the lead in the early laps, Golovkin was slow to get going. In the third round, the Kazakh began tagging after being caught by multiple left hooks.
By halftime it wasn’t entirely clear that Golovkin had won a single round.
But after Canelo eased off a bit on laps seven and eight, there was a rally from Golovkin and finally forced the Mexican back in the ninth.
In the closing stages, however, it was clear Golovkin needed a knockout to win, meaning the final judges’ verdicts came as a surprise.
“Disgusting they probably tried to do what they did in the first fight even though that was a complete dominance and the first one was pretty close at least,” one fan wrote on Twitter.
Another said: “Fight to see it closer than 118-110 at best, Canelo looked comfortable the whole fight.”
Another tweeted: “This trilogy ended as it began with a series of facial scorecards that are embarrassing for the sport.”