Canelo Alvarez beats Gennady Golovkin in narrow decision for middleweight title

by Leon Thompson September 17, 2018, 0:18
Canelo Alvarez beats Gennady Golovkin in narrow decision for middleweight title

Canelo Alvarez lands a punch against Gennady Golovkin in the 12th round during a middleweight title boxing match, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Las Vegas.

The Mexican won the rematch on points following a frenetic encounter as Golovkin suffered the first defeat of his career.

Canelo Alvarez beat Gennady Golovkin by majority decision in their highly-anticipated middleweight world title rematch at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

The build-up to the contest had featured accusations by the fighter from Kazakhstan that Alvarez was covered in injection marks during their first fight, which took place at the same T-Mobile Arena venue. Scores of 115-113 either way or a draw were easy conclusions to reach, meaning any talk of controversy is unwarranted.

Alvarez was guaranteed US$5 million to US$4 million for Golovkin, though both fighters were expected to make many millions more from the biggest pay-per-view in boxing so far this year.

The shot that has gained the most attention in the aftermath of the fight is Canelo's knockout blow that caught Golovkin right in the kisser.

"After the first fight I said, "thank you for the fight, it was a great fight".

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The two boxers needed to be separated at Friday's weigh-in after Alvarez charged at Golovkin as they faced off.

Those sessions were very close and simply based on what you like, with the CompuBox stats making interesting reading.

Sydney 2000 Olympic gold medallist Audley Harrison: "I just can't see that result - Canelo did a great job but he didn't do enough to win in my opinion". The bout turned out to be an epic battle that exceeded the fighters' original performance nearly exactly one year ago.

"I'm very excited, very emotional".

Both fighters were cut with Alvarez having one over his left eye and Golovkin cut over the right eye.

Alvarez, a man steeped in the art of fighting with six brothers who also hold professional boxing records, was game in walking forward repeatedly, a contrast to his a largely back-foot performance last time. "Hopefully there'll be a third fight". "I'm satisfied with the victory". But in his last four fights, he has managed to KO only the overmatched Vanes Martirosyan in May, when Martirosyan was filling in for Alvarez after Canelo failed a drug test. "We saw the best way to defeat him was to force him to fight backwards".

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