Al­varez and Golovkin both claim vic­tory af­ter ti­tle fight draw

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CANELO Al­varez and Gen­nady Golovkin ar­gued af­ter­wards about who won their muchan­tic­i­pated mid­dleweight world ti­tle show­down in Las Vegas. No one could ar­gue it wasn’t a great fight.

Golovkin re­tained his mid­dleweight ti­tle yes­ter­day, fight­ing to a con­tro­ver­sial 12round draw with Al­varez in a bru­tal bat­tle that ended with both fight­ers hold­ing their hands aloft in vic­tory.

It was a fight nei­ther de­served to lose and, when the scores were tal­lied, nei­ther did.

Two score­cards were close, with Golovkin ahead 115-113 on one and a 114-114 draw on the other. Vet­eran judge Adalaide Byrd had Al­varez win­ning 118-110, giv­ing him all but two rounds.

The Associated scored it 114-114.

The fight, years in the mak­ing, lived up to the hype as the two fight­ers traded huge punches and went af­ter each Press other for 12 rounds. Nei­ther was down or se­ri­ously hurt but both landed big punches that had the fren­zied sold-out crowd of 22,358 at the T-Mo­bile Arena scream­ing in ex­cite­ment.

Al­varez ral­lied late to win the last three rounds on each score­card and pull out the draw, though both claimed vic­tory.

“I won 7-8 rounds eas­ily,” Al­varez said. “I was su­pe­rior in­side the ring.”

Golovkin was the ag­gres­sor through­out and landed punches that had put other fight­ers to the can­vas.

“To­day peo­ple fight­ers give me draw. I fo­cus on box­ing,” Golovkin said. “Look my belts, I’m still cham­pion. I’ve not lost.”

Al­varez was lead­ing af­ter the first three rounds, then Golovkin dom­i­nated the mid­dle rounds. Golovkin landed more punches over 12 rounds and was ahead 218 to 169 over­all by an un­of­fi­cial count.

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