Alvarez pips Golovkin in fight for the ages
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.”