Golovkin-Alvarez mega-fight ends in controversial draw …

A Las Vegas mega-fight between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin ended in a controversial draw, with both boxers claiming they should have won.

The middleweight title fight at the T-Mobile Arena in Nevada lived up to its hype with the pair slugging it out, but when the draw was announced, it was roundly booed by the crowd.

Two scorecards were close, with Golovkin ahead 115-113 on one and a 114-114 draw on the other.

But veteran judge Adalaide Byrd inexplicably had Alvarez winning 118-110, giving him all but two of the 12 rounds.

Her score meant the bout ended in a tie.

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The pair celebrated following the bout that was declared a draw

Golovkin, from Kazakhstan, had made most of the running, but Alvarez had landed the more eye-catching punches.

Trailing, the Mexican needed a late rally to take the last three rounds on all three scorecards and secure the draw.

Inevitably, the fighters differed on who should have left with Golovkin’s IBF, WBA and WBC belts.

“I won 7-8 rounds easily,” Alvarez said. “I was superior inside the ring.”

Canelo Alvarez (L) unleashes a left hook against Gennady Golovkin (R) during their WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight championship fight at the T-Mobile Arena on September 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Gennady Golovkin retained his three world middleweight titles, fighting to a draw with Mexican star Canelo Alvarez in a showdown for middleweight supremacy that lived up the hype. / AFP PHOTO / John GURZINSKI (Photo credit should read JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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The middleweight title fight at the T-Mobile Arena lived up to its hype

“Today people give me draw. I focus on boxing,” Golovkin said. “Look my belts, I’m still champion. I’ve not lost.”

Ringside punching stats seemed to back up the claim Golovkin should have won, as he landed 217 of 703 punches while Alvarez made contact with 169 of the 505 he threw.

The decision provoked a tongue-in-cheek reaction from another boxing great, Manny Pacquiao, who tweeted: “Did they bring these judges over from Australia?” – a reference to his own controversial defeat to Australian boxer Jeff Horn in Brisbane in July.

Bob Bennett, executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, said: “That’s the life of a judge. She had a bad night in a big fight.”

Golovkin pressured his opponent constantly but Alavrez scored the more eye-catching shots
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Golovkin (L) made most of the running but Alavrez (R) landed the more eye-catching punches

With the fight ending in a draw, TV executives and the sport’s money men are rubbing their hands at the prospect of the inevitable re-match.

The fighters also did not go home empty handed with Alvarez earning $5m (£3.7m) and Golovkin $3m (£2.2m), while both are expected to collect more from pay-per-view sales.

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