Gennady Golovkin jabs at Canelo Alvarez. Photo: AP Photo/John Locher

LONDON - Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez's much-anticipated middleweight title bout made headlines for all the wrong reasons last weekend when it was controversially scored as a split draw.

While most thought Golovkin had done enough to earn a decision, the judged disagreed and Kazakhstani missed out on victory for the first time in 38 professional fights.

Here are five other big boxing matches that finished in similarly controversial decisions. 

Roy Jones Jnr vs Park Si-hun, 1988

Jones Jnr was robbed of Olympic gold in Seoul when three of the five judges gave the home fighter victory in the final even though he had been out-boxed in every round. The scandal forced a change in the Olympic scoring system.

Pernell Whitaker vs Julio Cesar Chavez, 1997

Chavez’s reputation persuaded two of the three judges to give him the dubious benefit of a draw against smooth operator Whitaker.

Felix Sturm vs Oscar De La Hoya, 2004

Sturm would benefit from dubious decisions when boxing in Germany but was the victim of a dodgy split decision in Vegas. Surprise, surprise. De La Hoya needed the win to set up a big-money fight with Bernard Hopkins.

Manny Pacquiao vs Tim Bradley, 2012

The Pacman totally dominated but Bradley was given an outrageous split-decision victory.

Manny Pacquiao vs Jeff Horn, 2017

Pacquiao clearly out-boxed Australian Horn, whose grabbing, head-butting and rabbit punching apparently counted as points scoring with the judges in Brisbane.

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