Gennadiy Golovkin got cheated in both Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez fights

Former two-division champion Paulie Malignaggi has claimed the judges did Gennadiy Golobkin 'dirty' in both fights against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.

The analyst believes he got robbed in both fights with the first ending in a draw and the second seeing Canelo’s hand raised.

Both fights took place at the T-Mobile Arena, although Arlington, Texas, is one of the favourites to host the third fight on September 12. 

As Boxing365 revealed, DAZN are currently locked in talks about delivering the trilogy ahead of Canelo-Saunders after the scheduled May 2 bout got postponed. 

Speaking about how he believes the third fight would go, Paulie predicted Canelo would finally beat him fair and square.

“I think this time, Canelo will finally beat Golovkin for real. I didn’t think he beat him in either of the first two. Yeah, I think Canelo will beat Golovkin for real this time. I can see that happening [Canelo knocking out GGG].

“It’s an aging fighter in Golovkin. He’s not the same guy anymore. I think it’s really a shame, because they did him dirty in the first two fights, and history is not going to see that result. And then they’ll forget about the first two fights because Canelo stops him in the third fight.

“They’ll just remember the third fight. They won’t even remember that he [Golovkin] probably got robbed in the first two fights, you know? That’s the unforgiving way for you. That’s how we live, you know?” Malignaggi said when talking about fans forgetting the previous two fights.

Golovkin’s last fight - and second in his lucrative six fight deal with streaming service DAZN - saw him edge past Sergiy Derevyanchenko despite many believing the latter had done enough to win. 

GGG often looked uncomfortable against the Russian and was rocked by several body shots throughout the contest.

Arch-rival Canelo, known for his stinging shots to the body, will fancy his chances of stopping a 38-year-old Golovkin.

Nobody beats Canelo on scorecards

While Golovkin is middleweight champion once again, Canelo has been through the divisions in the meantime, winning world titles at super middleweight and light heavyweight.

His most recent victory was against 175-lb champion Sergey Kovalev. The Pound for Pound superstar delivered a stunning 11th round stoppage to become just the second Mexican to win a world championship at light heavyweight. 

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While Maliganggi wasn’t too impressed by the performance, the American admires the improvements and achievements he has made under Oscar De La Hoya.

“The performance was okay. He got the job done. You’ve got to give credit to the guy. 

“He got the job done against the former light heavyweight champion. Regardless of what you want to say about Kovalev about him being older or whatnot.

“I did think that Kovalev was winning the fight. Was he probably not winning it on the scorecards? 100 percent. Nobodies ever winning on the scorecards against Canelo. It was Floyd in his prime that barely won on the scorecards.

“I thought Kovalev was probably winning the fight, but he was fighting like a guy not to get hurt instead of the old Kovalev. That’s not Canelo’s fault. That was an aging fighter, and that’s usually what you become when you get older.

“You try and get in there and try and take less damage as opposed to when you’re young and you’re willing to take any kind of damage to get the job done. We noticed Kovalev’s age and mentality. Having said that, I thought he was winning,” said Malignaggi.

“I thought he was winning. I thought he was fighting a really smart fight, but credit to Canelo for catching up to him and getting him out of there. He moved up more weight classes in the last couple of years than he did when he was growing and was a teenager.

“You’re not growing as an adult. You’re growing as a teenager, but this guy is growing more as an adult than he was as a teenager. That’s a big difference. He went from light middleweight to light heavyweight,” said Malignaggi.