Glenn Feldman, Dave Moretti and Steve Weisfeld are veteran boxing judges who were assigned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission to sit and render who proved victorious between Gennady Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in their middleweight championship fight last Saturday at T-Mobile Arena.
Their job isn’t easy, but on this night they had it right as Feldman scored it 114-114, while Moretti and Weisfeld each had it 115-113 in favor of Alvarez.
This was the second time these two warriors have faced each other in the ring.
In the initial meeting last September at the same venue, it was ruled a draw, but many believed Golovkin won.
The scoring that evening was skewed when Adalaide Byrd turned in a 118-110 scorecard in favor of Alvarez.
“He’s a great fighter, but I’m a great fighter and I showed it tonight,’’ said Alvarez, who raised his record to 50-1-2 with 34 knockouts and is 28 years old, eight years younger than Golovkin, whose World Boxing Association, World Boxing Council and International Boxing Organization belts were on the line.
Veteran trainer Abel Sanchez, who worked Golovkin’s corner, said you can’t argue with the judges.
“I can’t complain. That’s what we have judges for,’’ Sanchez said afterward, knowing Golovkin was likely losing the 12-round bout and needed to come on strong at the end, which he did.
Over the first three rounds, Golovkin used his left jab effectively, while Alvarez countered as 21,965 fans watched.
In the fourth, Golovkin snapped Alvarez’s head backward with a left hook, while Alvarez went to the body.
In the sixth, both landed heavy artillery and in the 10th, Golovkin was simply stellar.
The 12th round was very close, which Alvarez won and helped him prevail.
Golovkin (38-1-1 with 34 knockouts) was the busier fighter throwing 879 punches and connecting on 234 for 27 percent, while Alvarez unloaded 622 and found the range on 202 for 32 percent.
Golovkin hit 116 of 332 power punches for 35 percent and Alvarez landed 143 of 366 for 39 percent.
There was talk afterward that the pair could meet for a third battle given the closeness of the two previous fights.
“If the people want us to do it again, let’s do it again,’’ said Alvarez, who was suspended six months by the NSAC after failing two drug tests. “I’m going to enjoy it with my family.’’
Rick Assad has written about sports for the Pasadena Star-News and Los Angeles Times. Contact him at email@example.com.