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Teddy Atlas Blasts Corruption In Boxing After Controversial Canelo Vs Golovkin Decision

Teddy Atlas Blasts Corruption In Boxing After Controversial Canelo Vs Golovkin Decision

Teddy Atlas was angry but not surprised following Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin's controversial split draw in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

The result means that Golovkin retains his WBC, WBA, IBF and IBO belts. There is now, however, a blemish on his previously clean record.

It was a close fight, but many, Atlas included, believed that Golovkin deserved to see the decision go in his favour. The judges scored it 115-113 to the Kazakh, 114-114, and - most controversially of all - 118-110 to Canelo.

'I told you controversy,  I said it all week,' Atlas said on ESPN after the fight.

Asked for his reaction to the decision, he added:

Corruption in boxing. Follow the money. And no one else is going to say that in boxing and some people are going to be very upset. I don't care. I don't care if they're upset.

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The ESPN analyst also said that the sport is controlled by money.

Boxing doesn’t honor the things it should honor. It honors money, control, power. And there’s only certain power brokers in boxing, certain promoters, and they have the power. They have control [over] who the judges are going to be, who the judges aren’t going to be, who they’re going to vote for. Las Vegas, where the money is going to come back there for the rematch.

How can I stand here all week and say that there is going to be a controversial outcome? How do I know that?

You can watch Teddy Atlas speaking about the fight below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkGNCwpabnE

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