Al­varez pips Golovkin in fight for the ages

The West Australian - - SPORT -

Saul “Canelo” Al­varez re­deemed his name, rep­u­ta­tion and abil­ity on Satur­day night, ris­ing to the crit­i­cism, pres­sure and ex­pe­ri­ence of his bit­ter ri­val to take away Gen­nady Golovkin’s two mid­dleweight belts by a ma­jor­ity de­ci­sion.

Al­varez, draw­ing on his youth and pas­sion to erase the stain of a pos­i­tive drug test ear­lier in the year, turned in an im­pas­sioned show­ing in their re­match to pile up rounds in the mid­dle of the fight, and then sur­vive as Golovkin raged back down the stretch.

“I’m a great fighter and I showed it tonight,” Al­varez said. “I showed my vic­tory with facts. He was the one who was back­ing up. I feel sat­is­fied.”

While judge Glenn Feld­man scored the bout 114-114, Dave Moretti and Steve We­is­feld had it 115-113 for Al­varez, and both awarded the Mex­i­can the 12th round in front of 21,965 at T-Mo­bile Arena.

“I’m not go­ing to say who won tonight be­cause the vic­tory be­longs to Canelo, ac­cord­ing to the judges,” said Golovkin, who needed eight stitches over his right eye.

“I thought it was a good fight for the fans. I thought I fought bet­ter than he did. I can’t com­plain.”

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