Emotions are running high after the weekend and understandably so. You had a guy in Gennady Golovkin, who many in the media had winning by a clear majority in both fights, lose a close decision. You had six scorecards and Golovkin only got the nod on one. It strikes people as odd. Regardless, we got a fight that will be recalled for many years afterwards and two practitioners who should have changed a lot of minds for the better.
Golovkin, a 36-year-old and alleged 390-fight veteran, showed high-level craftsmanship for a guy forced to back up, using a tremendous jab, filling the lulls in action with potshots, and displaying a skillful defense many refused to acknowledge he had beforehand. There aren’t many examples in history quite like this, which should reflect positively on his legacy.
Then you had Saul Alvarez, who accomplished what few thought he could in being the aggressor, refusing to give up the middle ground, and taking more clean blows than any world class opponent had. The world is now his oyster.
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Love him, hate him, I don’t care, but you have to respect him. Alvarez was seen as a fabrication to many and he’s dispelled that notion. Given that, let’s not start chucking his name up with the Grebs, Monzons, Haglers, Robinsons, etc. of the world. He hasn’t earned that.
Fights like this always bring out these types.
To be frank, there are a lot things about Golovkin’s “reign” that were espoused by the media that I had little regard for, namely the notion that GGG was on pace to break Hopkins’ defense “record”, but it’s beyond comprehension that one could say he was anywhere near the worst titleholder to grace the ring.
I’m not sure what he means by “what is happening”, seeing as the correlation between the money guys and favorable decisions has been a mainstay. However no one acting rationally could label that a shutout.
It isn’t that serious and even if it was, petitioning an athletic commission to investigate usually doesn’t bear much fruit. Look at what happened to Adalaide Byrd.
If you want real change, join a commission. Become an investigative journalist. Get into a position that will bring about real change.
“Money” Mayweather must really be hurting if he’s coming out of retirement for that.
I thought the headline was bad enough, then I saw the comments and starting wiping sweat from my brow.
That ship sailed awhile ago.
This has got to be about a pie-eating contest, seeing as they are both… err, a bit chunky now.
*A big thanks to Jonathan Harris, who helped contribute to this post.