The IBF, IBO, WBA, and WBC world middleweight titles will not be changing hands after Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez found himself unable to deal Gennady Golovkin his first career loss as a professional, settling for interrupting the Kazakh’s 37-0-0 record with a dazzling display that left both fighters unsatisfied but fight fans pleased with the split draw result.
One judge, it seems, was either watching a completely different bout or consumed a massive amount of psychedelics beforehand:
Canelo started strong, taking advantage of GGG’s patience to rack up damage before suffering the champ’s power punch fury throughout the middle rounds. But the Mexican star bounced back, showing an energy and tenacity that abandoned him in his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. four years ago. Neither fighter scored a knockdown, despite being victimized by each other’s brutal punching power.
The good news is that this almost certainly ensures a rematch. The bad news is that both fighters are passing their primes, and it’s unlikely to be as entertaining as this one.