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DeGale: GGG – Canelo was close, can’t moan over decision

Just over a month has passed since Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin engaged into battle, with the WBC, WBA, IBO, IBF and Lineal World Middleweight Championships on the line; many felt the slugfest would determine the ongoing pound-for-pound supremacy debate once and for all.

Since the day of the fight, overwhelming numbers have disputed whether Canelo deserved the draw against Golovkin. Golovkin threw more, landed more and more importantly dictated the tempo of the fight too by carrying the fight to Canelo the whole night. Many were astounded at the scoring of judge Adelaide Byrd who ludicrously scored the bout 118-110 in favour of Canelo.

IBF Super Middleweight champion, James DeGale (23-1-1) recently touched on his summations of the fight with On The Ropes Boxing Radio. “It was a fantastic fight, a very entertaining fight. A lot of people are screaming that it was a robbery, I didn’t see it like that. I thought it was a close fight, Golovkin probably just nicked it, there wasn’t much in it. Some of Canelo’s work was lovely, some of his shots were the more eye-catching shots. I think he was making Golovkin miss a lot, but it was one of those fights where it depends what you like,” DeGale stated when evaluating the classic matchup between ‘a bull and the matador’.

“I like Canelo’s work but you can’t moan with the decision. Golovkin brought it, he pressured him constantly for twelve rounds, he threw a lot more punches, but it was a close fight. I’m hearing they’re going to do it again next year, so I look forward to the rematch.” DeGale said when analysing the September 16th fight, arguing it was very hard to split the combatants.

DeGale also added his opinion on what will happen if a much talked about rematch happens in May. DeGale paid homage to Golovkin’s remarkable skill set and expects GGG to come away with the win, but he refused to write off Saul “Canelo” Alvarez just yet .”Golovkin is a powerhouse, he’s non stop and he has a fantastic chin. Golovkin is probably technically not the best, but his pressure, chin and fitness gets him through and makes him a special fighter. It’s a really hard fight, but I’m going to go for Golovkin but it wouldn’t surprise me if Canelo nicked it” DeGale concluded.