Boxing round-up: GGG-Canelo ends in controversial draw; BJ Saunders, Callum Smith win

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Sunday, September 17th, 2017 | 0

It was expected to be a close fight, and it indeed turned out to be one.

Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez played out one of the most thrilling fights of recent times in a middleweight contest held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Saturday night.

The happy faces in and around the ring, however, turned glum as the result was announced: a split draw.

GGG, who, as a result, retained the IBF, IBO, WBA, and WBC belts, was conceived as the winner by many.

“GGG won but they gonna give it to canelo watch,” tweeted Badou Jack, the current WBA light heavyweight champion.

Shane Mosley, former welterweight star, tweeted: “Great last round. Gotta give that round to Canelo. But the fight to GGG. In the hands of the judges though we could get any decision.”

GGG is now 37-0-1 (33 KOs), while Canelo added another draw to his career numbers that now read 49-1-2 (34 KOs).

SAUNDERS TOPS MONROE JR

The controversy during the weigh-in had made the contest more interesting. But, there was nothing of it when Billy Joe Saunders and Willie Monroe Jr got into the ring as the former defended his WBO middleweight title with a unanimous decision win at the Copper Box Arena.

The judges called it 117-111, 115-114, 117-112 in the favour of Saunders, who took a big step in staking a claim to fight against either GGG or Canelo in the near future.

Smith, who, at 6’3″, holds the height and reach advantage over his opponents, is now 23-0 (17 KOs).

CALLUM SEES OFF SKOGLUND

Erik Skoglund was supposed to be the toughest test for Callum Smith to date. And, the fight did live up to the expectations.

Smith suffered a bloodied nose in the fifth round of the bout but recovered to knock down Skoglund in the 11th before going on to clinch the super middleweight contest on points, winning 116-112, 117-110, 117-111.

Smith is now 23-0 (17 KOs), while handing Skoglund his first defeat in 27 fights.

Elsewhere, Diego De La Hoya improved to 20-0 (9 KOs) following his win over Randy Caballero 24-1 (14 KOs) that saw him bag the NABF super bantamweight belt.

 

 

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