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Fight of the year Controversy

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Fight of the year Controversy

Canelo and GGG stare each other down at a weigh in

Canelo and GGG stare each other down at a weigh in

Al Bello

Canelo and GGG stare each other down at a weigh in

Al Bello

Al Bello

Canelo and GGG stare each other down at a weigh in

Brandon Noriega, Staff Writer

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On Saturday September 16, 2017, Mexican independence day, Mexican boxer, Canelo or formally known as  Saul Alvarez took on the Kazakhstani boxer, ‘GGG’, (Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin) in what was considered the fight of the year; however, once it was all over, there was a lot of controversy concerning the judging.

 

Even though the fight was really tough, it was still exciting, and many fans were left in awe when they found out the fight ended in a draw because of a ridiculous scorecard by a judge giving Canelo a win by 118 to 110 after 12 rounds, while the other judges cards appeared more realistic.

 

There are 12 rounds in a boxing match and each round starts off 10-10; judges then take away points for being knocked down, and each knock down deducts 1 point and a knock out automatically gives the boxer knocked out a loss.

 

If the fighters appear to be about even, the judges give the boxer they thought was more dominant a 10 and the less dominant one a 9 for every round. At the end of the fight they add up all the points from round 1-12, and the boxer with the most judges in their favor wins.

 

In this much awaited fight, one judge gave Canelo the loss 113 to 115 after 12 rounds , while a different judge rated the fight a tie at 114-114 after 12 rounds.

 

Many of the fans thought that GGG was robbed of a win and he even said that he was open for a rematch adding that scoring is bad for the sport of boxing in the post match interview conference on September 16, 2017.

 

Even though GGG retained his titles because of the draw,  he was still disappointed with the final decision. On the other hand, Canelo feels like he was saved from a loss by the outrageous scoring of the judge and is in favor of a rematch, although his promoter Oscar De La Hoya is not in favor of the use of scoring in boxing either.

 

The judge, Adilyn Byrd, did not go unpunished for the controversial scoring. She was suspended from judging fights for a while because this wasn’t her first slip up, she has a record of giving outrageous score cards in both boxing and UFC.

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