Anyone scoring the Canelo-GGG fight at home had a tough task-at-hand. Even if CompuBox were available at a split speed rate, it would be hard to valorize one fighter’s punching exploits over the other. In a lot of ways, individual scorecards reflected what type of punches you place in higher esteem: Canelo’s selective use of “Power Punches” or Gennady Golovkin’s relentless and volume-driven use of “The Jab.”
Two out of three judges assigned with scoring the fight, voted in favor Canelo’s punching rubric, and thus a unified Middleweight champion was born for the first time since Jermain Taylor won all alphabet sanctioned belts in 2005. This is how the Internet has reacted to the biggest pure boxing match since they last locked fists.
LeBron James who was ringside for the fight chose the high road in celebrating both men for their tremendous if not historic performances. I for one agree with the sentiment he chose, the fight was simply too close to call (to the untrained eye), and furthermore it’s in the very nature of boxing for a close fight to swing either way, most who compete at the highest level have overcome through tough losses with the slightest margins and have learned to cope with the sting. Golden Boy, who promotes Canelo Alvarez also chose to celebrate both men, even though they had a vested interest in seeing their man come out the victor.
With much respect for sports enthusiasts like LeBron, I think we should leave the rest of the floor space for the boxing intelligentsia to comment on the final result. ESPN’s longtime boxing expert scored the fight right down the middle. Welterweight challenger and former World Champion Amir Khan gave Canelo a slight edge after 12. On the other hand, promoter Lou DiBella felt that Golovkin was robbed a second time in a row. Where do you stand?