Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez have both said they will happily have a rematch after their middleweight title fight controversially ended in a draw in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
The two fighters put on a show in a bout that lived up to its billing, though Triple G appeared to have edged the contest thanks to his constant forward pressure and number of punches.
But a split-draw decision was greeted with boos and jeers inside the arena, with one judge incredibly scoring it 118-110 in Canelo’s favour.
And both fighters said they want a rematch during their interviews afterwards – and Golovkin already has a few thoughts on what he could do differently.
‘Of course, of course I want a rematch,’ said Golovkin in the ring, who retained his IBF, WBA, IBO and WBC belts. ‘I want to fight. I have my belt. I want a championship fight.’
Asked what he would do differently, he continued: ‘I have a couple of ideas. He moved too much. I want a Mexican style fight.’
Canelo felt he had edged the fight and was, likewise, disappointed with the draw, and is ready to step into the ring with Golovkin for a second time.
Speaking through a translator, he said: ‘Yes, of course, obviously yes, if the people want it, yes.
‘He didn’t win it was a draw. I always said I was going to be a step ahead of him.’
He added: ‘In the first rounds I came out to see what he had, then I was building from there. I think I won eight rounds.’
Golovkin landed 218 punches to Canelo’s 169, and twice as many jabs, but the Mexican connected with 42% of his power punches compared to just 32% for the Kazakh – way down on his average.