News ID: 324193
Published: 0942 GMT September 18, 2022

Alvarez defeats Golovkin on points in trilogy bout

Alvarez defeats Golovkin on points in trilogy bout

Canelo Alvarez (R) fights Gennady Golovkin in a super-middleweight title boxing match in Las Vegas, NV, US, on September 17, 2022.

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez dominated Gennady Golovkin over 12 rounds to retain his undisputed super-middleweight crown.

It was the third encounter in Las Vegas between the modern-day greats with Alvarez claiming a second win following a controversial draw in the first bout, BBC reported.

After sidestepping a fightback from Golovkin in the later rounds, all three judges were in agreement, scoring it 116-112, 115-113, 115-113 for Alvarez.

"Thank you my friend, we gave the fans three great fights," said the Mexican.

They shared a warm embrace after the fight, despite their rivalry turning sour in the four-year wait for the trilogy encounter, which saw Alvarez retain the IBF, WBA (Super), WBO and WBC titles.

Golovkin said: "I want to shake hands with Canelo. Congrats to all his team. He's a real warrior – if you don't understand that, you don't understand nothing."

Despite a bitter build-up, the final chapter did not have the same bite as the contests in 2017 and 2018.

Alvarez, 32, took control from the first round, dominating an unusually passive Golovkin.

Golovkin was happy to "see the rounds slip away", as Steve Bunce on BBC Radio 5 Live commentary put it, and at the halfway point the unified middleweight champion was experiencing a shutout.

Although showing no signs of hurting Golovkin, Alvarez set the pace and was particularly successful with his left hook.

Many had felt Golovkin could walk away from the sport should he lose.

But he confirmed he had no intention of hanging up his gloves after Alvarez's promise to send Golovkin into retirement with a knockout victory proved overzealous.

Golovkin, who stepped up to the 168lb super-middleweight division for the first time for this fight, is still the IBF, IBO and WBA (Super) champion at middleweight.

"Absolutely," Golovkin said when asked he would continue fighting.

"I still have this fire burning within me. I have the passion for boxing. Don't forget I have three belts at 160lbs. I feel great.

"I did not allow any serious shots. I'm tired, I'm fresh. I feel the strength and power within me. Of course if opportunity presents I will be looking to return in the ring."


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