Canelo Finishes The Rivalry And Remains Undisputed
Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin shared a long embrace after the last bell and 36 rounds together, seemingly resolving a feud that had grown personal in the five years since they first met in the ring.
Over Saturday at T-Mobile Arena, Alvarez defended his undisputed super middleweight belt with a unanimous decision victory against his longtime foe in a trilogy contest in front of a boisterous pro-Alvarez crowd on Mexican Independence Day Weekend. Two judges gave Alvarez a 115-113 decision, but a third judge gave him a 116-112 decision.
Golovkin worked his jab and seldom threw his big right hand, the shot that launched him to stardom and a legendary middleweight championship reign, while Alvarez (58-2-2, 39 KOs) started strong. Finally, Golovkin got his footing down the stretch, winning four of the final five rounds on two scorecards, but it was too little, too late.
While hugging after the fight ended, Alvarez said to Golovkin, "Thank you very much, my dear friend. Thank you so much for everything. We provide the fans three good fights."
The pleasantries were in stark contrast to the buildup to the fight, in which Alvarez threatened to terminate Golovkin's career with a knockout. He even referred to Golovkin (42-2-1, 37 KOs) as a fraud. Now that the dust has fallen and the conflict has ended, the fighters are splitting up. Now that the dust has fallen and the battle has ended, the fighters are splitting up. Golovkin stated that he had no intention of retiring anytime soon. He reminded the Las Vegas fans that he still holds two middleweight belts and is a 160-pound champion, prompting Canelo to laugh and smile.
But, whenever Golovkin puts up his gloves for good, he will be remembered for an exciting rivalry fought at the sport's greatest level. He grinned and stopped for pictures in his magnificent blue-and-gold robe as he strolled down the tunnel back to his locker room, soaking in the applause. As for Alvarez, who has all four 168-pound championships, he could seek a rematch with Dmitry Bivol next year to settle the score from their May decision loss. But first, Alvarez stated that his left hand required surgery, though he did not provide specifics about the injuries. "I can't hold a glass," said Alvarez, 32. "It's really bad. But I'm a warrior."
Whatever happens for each guy, their time in the ring together is finished, as is one of the greatest – and most bankable – rivalries in boxing history.
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