However you scored Alvarez's thrilling majority decision win at a sold out T-Mobile Arena, it's hard to do anything by shout praise at the way in which the Mexican star handled himself in doing so. Starting out as a respectable competition between two of the elite middleweights in the world, Alvarez and Golovkin's relationship gradually soured on the road to fight two.
Saul "Canelo" Alvarez is the new WBA (Super), WBC and IBO middleweight champion after stunning Gennady Golovkin via a majority decision. The two have now fought 24 rounds, and many of them were decided by the narrowest of margins.
Two judges favoured Alvarez 115-113, while a third had it 114-114.
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Golovkin fought Vanes Matirosyan as Alvarez's replacement in May and after stopping him in the second round, "GGG" set his sights on Alvarez once more.
Golovkin seemed to fade in the middle rounds, and after the seventh, his trainer Abel Sanchez urged him on, saying, "We're losing this fight", and exhorting him to pick up the pace.
"I am a great fighter, and I showed it tonight", said Alvarez, roared on by a partisan crowd throughout on the eve of Mexico's Independence Day celebrations.
The fight was a rematch of a draw last September that left neither fighter satisfied. The story of last night's fight was that Alvarez, basically a counterpuncher, was constantly advancing, especially in the early rounds-something few have tried to do against GGG.
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'Some very close rounds that could have gone either way. "Every great fighter has a great rival". The bout turned out to be an epic battle that exceeded the fighters' original performance nearly exactly one year ago. "No third fight for at least a year guys (long rest)".
Golovkin fell to 38-1-1, with 34 knockouts.
"Under the right conditions, yes, " Golovkin said of a rematch. He was the one who was backing up. He's a great fighter but in the end I got the victory.
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