Depending on who you were rooting for, last weekend’s Saul Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin HBO pay-per-view (PPV), which took place inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, was either an all-time classic, or the latest example of how boxing is rigged.
That’s according to retired pugilist and Golden Boy promoter Oscar De La Hoya, who praised the winning performance by “Canelo” before trashing the “keyboard warriors” who claimed the fight was fixed, simply because “GGG” came up on the wrong end of the majority decision.
Watch the fight video highlights here.
“It wouldn’t be boxing if thousands of keyboard warriors weren’t talking (or tweeting) complete nonsense in the hours and days after Canelo began to cement his legacy as an all-time great fighter,” De La Hoya wrote in an open letter to fans (via Bad Left Hook).
“Though I don’t think this deserves response, here are the facts: The three judges were chosen by the Nevada State Athletic Commission,” he said. “Given the result of the first fight, NSAC was under a lot of scrutiny to come up with the fairest group of judges possible. For the first time I know of, GBP and team GGG were even allowed to approve a pool of judges. They saw what everyone else did; a close, competitive fight and scored it exactly that way.”
Golovkin battled Alvarez to a draw when they first fought in fall 2017.
I’m sure last weekend’s “sweet science” spectacular was a nice break for De La Hoya, who is now focused on bringing cage fighting to his Golden Boy banner. That includes the upcoming trilogy fight between former UFC rivals Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz, who collide this November in California.
For much more on that upcoming fight click here.