Canelo Alvarez dethrones Gennady Golovkin in dramatic rematch

Arnold Nichols
September 17, 2018

LAS VEGAS-Saul "Canelo" Alvarez is the new king of the middleweight division after edging Gennady "GGG" Golovkin by majority decision on Saturday night. "Maybe next time they'll see it in our favor". And that's fine with both fighters, who have now gone 24 rounds together with little but a few points on the scorecards to separate them.

And asked on whether or not there will be a rematch, he said: "If the people want another fight then we'll do it again".

Golovkin also said he would be willing to do a trilogy with Canelo under the right conditions.

Two judges had it 115-113 for Alvarez while the other scored it even at 114-114.

It was a much better performance for Alvarez than one year ago, and a much closer fight.

The stakes are high as whoever wins will have a crack at taking on the victor of the main fight.

It wasn't so happy for Golovkin, the slugger from Kazakhstan who for years walked through whoever was put in front of him.

Standing in the center in round four, Golovkin connected with a solid right that caught Canelo's attention.

The fight, in front of a sellout, celebrity-studded crowd that included Mike Tyson, actor Will Smith and basketballer LeBron James at T-Mobile Arena, lived up to its billing as the best two pound-for-pound fighters in the world. Feelings such as confusion, anger and doubt started to settle in for both parties, but there was one thing everyone agreed on: Alvarez and Golovkin had to do it all over again.

"My corner told me that I needed to win the final round and that what's I did".

While the first fight resulted in a controversial draw and a deserved black eye for the sport, the rematch was everything the initial meeting wasn't. He was the one who was backing up. "I'm satisfied with the way we did it today". He fought like the bigger guy.

He was just that, though, in a spirited fight that had no knockdowns but plenty of action.

Around 1,000 fans crammed into the venue to watch both fighters finally hit the scales after months of verbal sparring.

Alvarez seemed to take control of the fight in the middle rounds, using sharp punches to batter Golovkin, who seemed to slow down from his pace earlier in the fight. "I think we have to give him the credit rather than say what Gennady didn't do".

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