Canelo Alvarez and Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin fought to a controversial draw in their first meeting. A rematch is in the works and bookies have released odds for the fight that is projected to take place in May 2018.
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Bovada has GGG as a (-165) favorite with Canelo as the (+135) underdog in the rematch.
The overall sentiment regarding the first fight is that Golovkin did enough to earn the victory. This includes boxing fans and the majority of ringside press. However, the judges saw it differently with scores of 115-113, 114-114, and the absurd 110-118 in favor of Canelo.
The reason that Golovkin appeared to have won is that he was pressing forward and controlling most of the action, while Canelo chose to try and steal the rounds by fighting in bursts.
What we can take away from the first fight is that Golovkin's chin is solid and there is little chance of Canelo hurting him. Although Canelo was able to land flashy combinations on Golovkin, the punches did not stop the Golovkin from marching forward.
We have to credit Canelo, who was able to absorb the punches of Golovkin that dropped so many other fighters. Although Canelo didn't seem to be seriously hurt at any time in the fight, the constant pressure of Golovkin drained Canelo's gas tank, which was one of the major factors in Golovkin's success.
The betting odds for the rematch are virtually the same as the first fight, while prop odds have yet to be released. Last time gamblers who backed the draw cashed in at 25-to-1 odds.