Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is receiving criticism, following the fight against Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, for not standing his ground and trading hits with the reigning WBA and WBC middleweight champion.
Following the earthquake that shook Mexico, Canelo was involved in the recovery efforts in a great show of public relations, but prior to that the 27 year old boxer from Guadalajara, Mexico was being criticized for not fighting with pride like the great Mexican fighters of old.
Whereas a fighter like Julio Cesar Chavez would have traded punches, the fighting style of Canelo throughout the bout seemed to indicate that he wanted to steal the fight from GGG instead of trying to win it.
According to the majority of boxing pundits, GGG won the bout but a few scored the fight as a close victory for Canelo. While most were content with the draw, no one believed the score of 118-110 for Canelo by Judge Adalaide Byrd was at all legitimate.
Looking beyond the obvious problems that boxing demonstrated that night with the questionable score card, it is believed that Canelo was just looking to survive the fight, which left a sour taste in the mouth of most boxing fans.
The booing at the end of the match from fans towards Canelo, which happened as Max Kellerman was interviewing the fighters in the ring, was not so much because Canelo ran from GGG, but mostly because Alvarez comes off as an arrogant fighter.
During the post-match interview, Canelo firmly believed he won the fight and as a fighter you should believe that but because he did so much trash talking and did not deliver, the public wanted to let him know it.