With the biggest fight of the year almost upon us the IBO, WBC & WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (38-0-1, 34KOs) expresses his disappointment towards the judges after first fight with Saul Alvarez (49-1-2, 34KOs).
The Kazakhstan voiced his opinion on the controversial first encounter that left most boxing fans bemused with two of the judges scorecards, especially judge Adalaide Byrd’s scorecard of (118-110) in Canelo’s favour. The 36-year-old said;
“The draw [in the first fight] was terrible. It was terrible for me. It was terrible for the people. Of course it was terrible for the sport … for the sport of boxing, because statistics showed I landed more punches. The fans saw I wanted to fight and Canelo did not want to fight.
“The fans who watched it live saw the judges bringing crazy scorecards. When the decision was announced, everyone was saying, ‘Oh, come on! This is not real! This is not true!’ Everybody was very mad because these people, the judges killed the sport that night.
“This time, the world will be watching the fight and the judges. Judges hurt the sport of boxing that day. Maybe the judges had a bad day. This is business.
“It is a new situation for me. This is my first rematch. I’m very excited because this fight is a completely different situation for us and for the fans. They get to see a fight with a real champion, two pound-for-pound champions. It is new. This is the biggest fight for boxing. I’m very happy because I am fighting at the highest level, the first class for boxing.
“Training camp with Abel Sanchez is always hard and exciting because Abel works me hard and he is always teaching me new things. What I have to prove I only have to prove to myself and no one else. My incentive is my desire to be my best when I fight and to be better than I have ever been before.
“Canelo is my most important fight because he is my next fight. That is the only thing that makes Canelo special. There was nothing special about him in the first fight. He did not fight Mexican Style like he promised. Over the last twelve months, Canelo has showed everyone his true self.”
It’s hard to disagree with Golovkin’s recent statement but that result must be put to one side with the rematch only weeks away. It is clear to see that ‘Triple G’ is still rightfully frustrated with the outcome but he now has the chance to correct the wrong when he finally locks horns with the Mexican on September 15 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
If Golovkin can channel that anger and transfer it into the ring then it could end up being a very short and painful night for Canelo. Let’s just hope that the right man wins on the night and judges Glenn Feldman, Dave Moretti and Steve Weisfeld can do a better job in Golovkin-Canelo 2.