Golovkin suf­fers first ca­reer loss; Al­vares claims world mid­dleweight ti­tles

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Mex­ico’s Saul “Canelo” Al­varez ended Gen­nady Golovkin’s un­beaten reign as uni­fied mid­dleweight cham­pion in Las Ve­gas Satur­day, bat­tling to vic­tory by ma­jor­ity de­ci­sion in a pul­sat­ing re­match.

Al­varez showed skill and dura­bil­ity to out­last Golovkin in an­other at­tri­tional con­test be­tween the two evenly-matched ri­vals at the T-mo­bile Arena, one year af­ter they had fought to a con­tro­ver­sial draw at the same venue, AFP re­ported.

Al­varez in­flicted the first de­feat of Kazakh slug­ger Golovkin’s ca­reer af­ter two judges scored it 115-113 in his fa­vor, with an­other judge scor­ing it even at 114-114.

“I am a great fighter, and I showed it tonight,” said Al­varez, roared on by a par­ti­san crowd through­out on the eve of Mex­ico’s In­de­pen­dence Day cel­e­bra­tions. “If the peo­ple want an­other round, I’ll do it again,” added the 28-year-old, who im­proves to 50-1-2. “I feel sat­is­fied be­cause I gave a great fight. It was a clear vic­tory.”

Golovkin, who fell to 38-1-1 af­ter the loss, left the ring im­me­di­ately to get eight stitches to a cut above his right eye.

He later said he be­lieved he had done enough to win – and opened the door for a pos­si­ble third in­stal­ment.

“I’m not go­ing to say who won tonight, be­cause the vic­tory be­longs to Canelo ac­cord­ing to the judges,” the de­posed WBA, WBC and IBO mid­dleweight king said.

“I thought it was a very good fight for the fans, and very ex­cit­ing. I thought I fought bet­ter than he did.”

When asked about a third fight, he said, “Un­der the right con­di­tions, yes.”

Al­varez’s vic­tory ended the 36-yearold’s dream of se­cur­ing a record-break­ing 21st con­sec­u­tive de­fense of his mid­dleweight ti­tles.

While Golovkin ap­peared to take is­sue with the re­sult, there was lit­tle sense of con­tro­versy about Satur­day’s out­come.

Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez was among those who had few com­plaints.

“I had it close go­ing into the 12th round,” Sanchez said. “We had good judges who saw it from dif­fer­ent an­gles - I can’t com­plain about the de­ci­sion, but it’s close enough to war­rant a third fight.

“Canelo fought a great fight, con­grat­u­la­tions.”

Both fight­ers fought cagily from the out­set, re­luc­tant to trade heavy blows.

AL BELLO/GETTY IMAGES Mex­i­can Canelo Al­varez (L) lands a left hook on Gen­nady Golovkin of Kaza­khstan dur­ing their mid­dleweight uni­fi­ca­tion match in Las Ve­gas, the US, on Septem­ber 15, 2018.

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