Canelo Alvarez vs ‘GGG’ Gennady Golovkin delivered in the ring, but there was a lot of controversy with the scores turned in by the judges outside of it. The bout ended in a draw, and Adalaide Byrd scored it with an incredibly bad 118-110 card for Canelo.
Teddy Atlas has weighed in, calling it a product of “corruption in boxing.”
“Follow the money,” he said on ESPN. “Boxing doesn’t honor the things it should honor. It honors money, control, power. And there’s only certain power brokers in boxing, certain promoters, and they have the power. They have control who the judges are going to be, who the judges aren’t going to be, who they’re going to vote for. Las Vegas, where the money is going to come back there for the rematch.
“How can I stand here all week and say that there is going to be a controversial outcome? How do I know that?”
Without naming him outright, Atlas put the “promoter,” Oscar De La Hoya on blast for this. He believes Canelo didn’t do enough, but knew that if he made it to 12 rounds, he can still win a decision because of the corrupt nature of the business.
“At the end of the day, (Canelo) didn’t do enough to win. He knew that if he survived, and if he had spots, anything could happen. This could happen, the judges could take it from there.”