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Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez Edges Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin by Majority Decision

Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez Edges Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin by Majority Decision

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. Though Golovkin has a reputation as a knockout artist, he never seemed to hurt Alvarez, who credited his fight plan with the win.

Gennady Golovkin suffered his first ever loss, in Las Vegas, when he was edged out on points by Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.

If there's one thing that can bring the MMA world together, it's a much-anticipated boxing showdown with two of the sport's best.

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.

The Mexican was judged to have won a frenetic final round which proved decisive, Alvarez scoring a 114-114, 115-113, 115-113 majority decision.

Billed "Canelo v GGG II", the fight came almost a year to the day after a split-decision draw left Golovkin stunned.

After twelve rounds of incredible back and forth action, Canelo Alvarez was awarded a majority decision victory by the judges in attendance. Originally, the pair fought previous year in September in Las Vegas. Golovkin landed several big punches to start the 12th round but still lost it on the two scorecards that ended up favouring Alvarez. "I showed my victory with facts. Hopefully there'll be a third fight".




The 36-year-old, who needed eight stitches in a cut above his right eye, insisted he had not felt under pressure during 12 punishing rounds.

Golovkin offered back huge shots of his own that at times looked to stop the younger man in his tracks, but the champion looked exhausted from the punishment to his midriff, if not a little shopworn and unable to withstand such onslaughts with the resilience he showed in the previous fight.

He said: 'I had Golovkin 117-112.

Alvarez's six-month ban after testing positive for clenbuterol - he claimed the positive test came from eating contaminated meat - scuppered the first prospective rematch date earlier this year.

"It was I who pushed [Golovkin] back, it was I who was most aggressive", Alvarez said.

Alvarez said in the days leading to the fight that he went to bed every night visualising a knockout.

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