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Canelo Alvarez wins middleweight title with a close decision

Canelo Alvarez wins middleweight title with a close decision

The Las Vegas fight came almost a year to the day since a split-decision draw left the Kazakh boxer stunned.

Sep 15, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Canelo Alvarez (black trunks) and Gennady Golovkin (white trunks) box in the middleweight world championship boxing match at T-Mobile Arena. Unfortunately, Canelo failed a drug test for a banned substance and the rematch was postponed.

Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs), who is now the WBA, WBC and IBO middleweight champion, dealt Golovkin his first loss after going undefeated in his last 39 fights, including a split draw against Alvarez in their first bout a year ago.

"I showed my victory with facts, " Alvarez said.

The Mexican, who had been accused of "running" in the first fight, came forward relentlessly and dominated the mid part of the fight.

Both landed well to the head and Golovkin controlled some rounds with his jab though neither were ever in any trouble of going down. "We saw the best way to defeat him was to force him to fight backwards". I think that five or ten years ago, Golovkin would have finished the knockout. "I'm satisfied with the way we did it today".

While Golovkin appeared to take issue with the result, there was little sense of controversy about Saturday's outcome.

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"I have a very small cut, but I wasn't hurt", said Golovkin.

The 12-round fight was full of hard blows, as expected, with both pugilists giving and receiving a generous amount of punches.

"We studied the previous fight a lot".

Golovkin's trainer Abel Sanchez was among those who had few complaints. "Canelo fought a great fight, congratulations", Sanchez said. It's obvious that these two guys can make great fights.

Fingers crossed a third fight comes to fruition for the pair in May 2019.

Golovkin added: "Of course we would like to have a third fight if we can negotiate that". If Golovkin was handed the final round by just one judge, it would have ended up in a second draw between the duo. Maybe the next time they'll see it in our favor. Canelo and Golovkin traded away to the final bell. "He fought a great fight".


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