Alvares claims Golovkin's world titles in Las Vegas rematch

May JohnsonSep 17, 2018

Golovkin, who had yearned for years for a big-time fight, had knocked out 23 consecutive opponents at one point before winning a highly competitive unanimous decision against former middleweight titlist Daniel Jacobs in March 2017 before agreeing to fight Alvarez.

WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs) and Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) went to war for twelve rounds on Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Undoubtedly. And after 24 rounds of of action and dueling intensity, did the 36-year-old Golovkin deserve better from his two trips to Las Vegas over the past year?

"It would be great to have a third fight, " Golovkin said.

He fought valiantly in the 12th round, opening with a big right uppercut, and then kept firing until the closing bell. Two judges, Dave Moretti and Steve Weisfeld, scored the fight 115-113 and the third, Glenn Feldman, 114-114. "I thought I fought better than he did". Both fighters probably deserved a win.

An array of stars from the movie and sports world were amongst a crowd of 21,965 for the most anticipated fight of the year, with LeBron James rubbing shoulders with Hollywood icons such as Denzel Washington and Will Smith.

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WBN scored it 115-113 in favor of Golovkin, although all three judges agreed with eight rounds on every cards (including the WBN card).

Initially, it was expected Golovkin and Alvarez would rematch on Cinco De Mayo (May 5th) earlier this year. It was a risky strategy but paid off - though just barely. Golovkin kept up a steady attack on Alvarez for failing two tests for performance-enhancing drugs in February and a defiant Alvarez vowed to humiliate Golovkin. "But for now, I want to enjoy the moment with my family and my people", Alvarez told HBO.

Ringside punch stats showed a close fight, though they favoured Golovkin by a small margin. Golovkin was credited with landing 234 of 879 punches while Alvarez landed 203 of 622. The bout turned out to be an epic battle that exceeded the fighters' original performance nearly exactly one year ago.

"It was me who pushed him back, me who was most aggressive, " Alvarez said through an interpreter. "I'm satisfied with the way we did it today".

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