By Radio Rahim
Last Saturday night in Las Vegas - IBF, WBA, WBC, IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) fought to a twelve round draw with Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) at the T-Mobile Arena.
While the fight was close and competitive, there were many who felt Golovkin had done enough to win.
The official judges had it 118-110 Canelo, 115-113 Golovkin and 114-114 for the split draw.
Now a rematch is being discussed, potentially for Cinco De Mayo weekend in May of 2017.
HBO's veteran broadcast analyst, Jim Lampley, believes the Golovkin we saw last Saturday night is not the same fighter who demolished 23 straight opponents inside the distance.
Golovkin has now gone the full twelve round distance in his last two fights - and some experts believe he's a step slower, not as accurate and becoming too hittable.
Lampley is one of those experts who believes that Golovkin, approaching 36-years-old, is starting to show signs of aging.
Although he felt Golovkin did enough to win last weekend, Lampley has serious doubts about GGG's ability to win the rematch.
"[After watching the Canelo fight,] I've learned that Gennady Golovkin is deteriorating before our very eyes. I believe that he's slipping and I did not really see it that clearly in the Jacobs fight as I saw it this time. Most particularly his unbelievable footwork, his ability to trap opponents and put pressure on them - isn't there any more," Lampley told BoxingScene.com.
"And he only landed eight body shots in the fight, apparently concerned about being countered upstairs by Canelo. Now I say that despite the fact that I thought Gennady was the actual winner of the fight.
"But seeing what I saw in that fight, I don't know if I'd make him the favorite to win the rematch - because I think Canelo learned enough about what Gennady does. And if Gennady does not get back some of what it seems to me that he's lost, if he's going to be that timid about throwing body shots in the second fight - then I think Canelo is going to take a big advantage of that. I think you are going to have to see a slightly different Gennady Golovkin if he's going to be the winner of the second fight."