By Tom Evans, courtesy of The Daily Star
SAUL “Canelo” Alvarez” put on a dominant display against Gennady Golovkin this weekend, according to former pound-for-pound king Andre Ward – but his comments have not gone down well.
Canelo stunned his Kazakh rival in an enthralling contest that gripped viewers in Las Vegas and around the world.
The Mexican won on a majority decision – with two judges scoring the fight 115-113 and the third 114-114.
Fight fans have been left divided over the result, with many claiming GGG was the rightful winner.
But Ward – who retired undefeated after holding multiple world titles in two weight classes – believes that Canelo won comfortably.
“I think it was clear,” he told ESPN.
“The smaller guy backed up the bigger guy.
“See, a puncher like Golovkin – a guy who made his living on coming forward – doesn’t want to go backwards. That was Canelo’s game-plan from the beginning.
“You have to give him credit for having the courage to stand in the lion’s den and get his work on.”
And the 34-year-old went further still, even arguing that Canelo “dominated” the fight when pushed on his comments by Stephen A Smith.
“To me, if I didn’t score it round-for-round, I’m looking at Canelo and I’m saying that he has the momentum and he’s dominating this fight," Ward added.
“You can have a close fight but you can also have a guy kind of dominating – it’s subtle but this guy has the momentum.
“Canelo had the momentum. I don’t mean that he won every round but [he had] the momentum of the fight – in essence he broke Golovkin.”
The rematch lived up to the hype after their first fight went down as one of the clashes of the decade.
Boxing fans now hope they will battle it out for a third time to make an iconic trilogy.