Golovkin: Judging, HBO Commentary Not Fair for 1st Canelo Fight

By Keith Idec

Five months have passed since Gennady Golovkin settled for a much-debated draw with Canelo Alvarez.

The unbeaten middleweight champion’s opinion still hasn’t changed. Golovkin thinks he was wronged September 16, not only by two judges, but by HBO’s broadcasting team.

The Kazakh knockout artist discussed his 12-round draw with Alvarez before a press conference to officially kick off the promotion of their May 5 rematch Tuesday night in Los Angeles.

“I’m always for fairness,” Golovkin said. “This first fight didn’t have any fairness. This type of judging is what’s hurting boxing.”

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Only one judge, Dave Moretti, scored their fight for Golovkin (115-113). Don Trella had it even (114-114), and Adalaide Byrd submitted a heavily criticized scorecard that gave Alvarez for a 118-110 victory.

Unofficial CompuBox statistics credited Golovkin for landing 218-of-703 punches, 49 more than Alvarez (169-of-505).

Alvarez landed four more power punches, according to CompuBox (114-of-272 to 110-of-342). CompuBox counted nearly twice as many jabs for Golovkin (108-of-361 to 55-of-233).

Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) believes he did enough to earn a 116-112 or 115-113 win against Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs).

Harold Lederman, HBO’s unofficial judge, gave Golovkin a 116-112 win. Golovkin only watched the fight once in its entirety and walked away feeling as though HBO’s veteran broadcast team of Jim Lampley, Roy Jones Jr. and Max Kellerman favored Alvarez.

“What I saw inside the ring, and what I heard from the ringside commentary, it did not match up,” Golovkin said. “I was disappointed in that. What I watched did not match what I heard. What it seems to me is stats and the commentary didn’t match.

“Commentators are entitled to their own opinions. It’s not bad for me, but it’s bad for the sport. I think I won. The stats prove it and the HBO expert [Lederman] thought I won. And the fans thought I won. I wasn’t the one getting booed when I walked out [of the ring].”

Golovkin, 35, and Alvarez, 27, will come face to face Tuesday night at L.A. LIVE’s Microsoft Square for the first time since they left the ring five months ago at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Their press conference can be viewed live at or, beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by j.razor on 03-04-2018

[QUOTE=Factual Voice;18526136]You only hear whàt you want to hear or believe what you want to believe like pixies and fairy dust, precisely how the entitlement class is you to think by their masters in liberal government. You sir are a…

Comment by Factual Voice on 03-01-2018

[QUOTE=bluemax;18525632]In the end it only matters what is on the judges score cards, corrupt or not. History will side with Golovkin in the first fight no question about it. I beleive he won easilly and too much credit went to…

Comment by Factual Voice on 03-01-2018

[QUOTE=TonyGe;18524892]Give the Latino fans credit. They are smarter than the judges who scored the fight. A lot of Latinos had G winning the rematch.[/QUOTE] I do give the Latino fan base alot of respect because yes they did admit and…

Comment by alohashirt on 02-28-2018

I’m no fan of Canelo but I thought he looked great for lots of moments, but didn’t want to engage GGG. I’m still baffled by the score. If Byrd was corrupt why didn’t she just give it to Canelo by…

Comment by alohashirt on 02-28-2018

I didn’t see Lederman’s judging but his daughter is one the best boxing judges by far.

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