‘Terrible’ Canelo draw decision ‘killed the sport that night’ – says Gennady Golovkin
In Part III of his HBO blog, Gennady Golovkin talks about his disgust at hearing Canelo Alvarez being handed a draw by the judges last September.
Golovkin and Canelo contest a rematch on September 15, one year on from their debated stalemate, which most who viewed it gave to the Kazakh puncher.
Here’s what Golovkin had to say:
How frustrating was it to hear the judges’ scorecards after your fight with Canelo? Did you use that as an incentive for this training camp for the rematch?
“It 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,” said GGG.
“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 a 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.”
24/7 Canelo/GGG 2 is now available on HBO demand.
Canelo vs. GGG 2 takes place Saturday, Sept. 15 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at a special time of 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.