01:30 GMT08 August 2020
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    After 12 rounds of intense fighting, Gennady Golovkin was proclaimed the winner - but it turns out that the struggle for the title is far from over. The boxer now faces another battle… with social media users.

    Kazakh boxer Gennady Golovkin won the IBF and IBO middleweight championship belts, beating Ukrainian Sergiy Derevyachenko via unanimous decision. The fight was the main event of the boxing night at the Madison Square Garden arena in New York. Although Golovkin sent Derevyachenko down in the first round, the Ukrainian recovered quickly and looked very impressive during the entire fight.

    However, in a decision that stunned many in the audience, the judges scored the fight 115-112, 115-112 and 114-113 in favour of Golovkin.

    The reaction from social media users was not long in coming.

    This is not the first time that Golovkin has been criticised by boxing fans. His first fight, against Canelo Alvarez, ended in a contested draw and netizens pointed out this fact.

    ​Golovkin’s supporters stressed that there was nothing controversial about his victory, claiming that his critics know nothing about boxing.

    ​Sport commentators note that Golovkin looked slow and indecisive during the fight, while journalist Marcos Villegas said that the Kazakh boxer was sick during the bout.

     

     

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    boxing, IBO, IBF, Gennady Golovkin
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