Canelo – GGG Ends In A Draw

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Mexican super star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) and WBC/WBA/IBF Middleweight World Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) did battle in a middleweight war that was declared a draw on in front of a sold-out crowd of  22,358  T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The crowd was electrifying and the fight delivered. Both warriors shined bright and had moments throughout the 12 round match. GGG was the aggressor, coming forward and Canelo was boxing while showing off great head movement. It was classic match up and it was a very close fight. It was back and forth action. GGG landed some bombs but also missed a lot while Canelo landed his fair share of hard shots. Canelo defense was on full display and truly impressed me as he showed he has learned from the likes of Mayweather. He may not get the credit he deserves but I tip my cap to him for evolving.

The fight could have gone either way as it was that close. 114-114 is how I had it live but could have been 115-113 for Golovkin which was justifiable. What was not was Adalaide Byrd scored the fight 118-110 for Canelo and what was the cause of a lot of the drama that followed the fight. Adalaide Byrd scored the fight 118-110 scorecard took away from what was a great fight and took away from what the warriors did in the ring. Dave Moretti scored the fight 115-113 for Golovkin and Don Trella scored the fight a 114-114 draw. The fight ended in a draw and I would love to see a rematch but we will see what happens. After the fight both sides said they are open to rematch but it will not happen this year. All in all in was a great fight. We tweeted we would love to see the rematch in Texas at Dallas Cowboys Stadium in front of 100K fans but it is still early in the process.

In the co main event Joseph ‘JoJo’ Diaz, Jr. (25-0, 13 KOs) scored a great win via unanimous decision over late replacement Rafael “Big Bang” Rivera (25-1-2, 16 KOs) who was game but came up short. With the victory Diaz earned a shot at the WBC Featherweight title. Diaz was in full control of the fight from the onset as Rivera who filled in for Jorge Lara who hurt himself in a freak accident and had to withdrawl from the fight. Diaz scored the UD win with scores of 119-109 2X and 120-108. Joseph Diaz remains undefeated and despite not getting the knockout looked great.
In what was suppose to be a possible fight of the night turned out to be a shutout as Diego De La Hoya (20-0, 9 KOs) dominated Randy “El Matador” Caballero (24-1, 14 KOs) to secure the UD win. Caballero the former IBF 118 lbs champion was never in the fight and suffered his first defeat. It was all De La Hoya who won with scores of 90-100, 92-98, and 92-98. The fight was never close and De La Hoya dominated from start to finish. In the PPB opener Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin got the SD win over Francisco Roja to remain undefeated but it was not easy as Roja came with everything. Many in the crowd booed the decision and Martin as they favored the hard charging Mexican. Despite getting the win, it is back to the drawing board for Martin who did not look like a “Blue Chip” against smaller but tough Roja.
In other action, Serhii Bohachuk super welterweight prospect trained by Abel Sanchez at The Summit stopped Joan Valenzuela who was over matched. The TKO came in the second-round at the 1:58 mark as Bohachuk remains undefeated. Top prospect Vergil Ortiz, Jr of Dallas, Texas who is trained by Joel Diaz scored the sensational second-round TKO win over  Cesar Valenzuela from Phoenix AZ who came into the fight very confident but was disposed of quickly. Despite the confidence Ortiz made it looked easy as he blew Valenzuela out and served notice that he is the real deal.

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