In the early going things were close, with Alvarez looking the more talented fighter, but lacking the power needed to make an impression on the champion. whilst Nakayama attempted to press the action and dig to the body of Alvarez.
After 4 rounds it was a case of "what do you like?" and the judges were really seeing the bout as a very competitive one, with two having it scored 38-38 after 4 rounds, and the other judge having it 40-37.
The competitive action continued in the middle stages, though it seemed like Alvarez's right hook, smooth movement and counter punching was stealing the show as he managed to take a lead on all 3 cards after 8 rounds, 77-75 twice and 77-76.
Nakayama showed his fighting spirit and gritted his teeth hard as he fought back in the final few rounds. He didn't really dominate, but did enough to impress the judges, and earn their respect as he dragged out a draw, with scores of 115-113 to the champion, 114-114 and 115-114 to the challenger.
The general view from those at ringside seemed to be that Alvarez had done enough to earn the win, though few will complain too much with the draw.
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