Golovkin, Al­varez fight to draw, both seek re­match

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LAS VE­GAS: Gen­nady Golovkin and Saul ‘Canelo’ Al­varez fought to a con­tro­ver­sial draw in their long-awaited mid­dleweight world ti­tle bout in Las Ve­gas yes­ter­day morn­ing (Thai time).

Kazakh Golovkin and Mex­i­can Al­varez each got the nod from one judge, while the third de­clared it a draw. Golovkin, who landed more punches over­all, re­mains un­beaten over his ca­reer and re­tains his mid­dleweight WBA, WBC, IBF and IBO belts.

Golovkin started cau­tiously but had the edge in the mid­dle rounds as the fight heated up and started to live up to its hype, even­tu­ally turn­ing into a bru­tal and mem­o­rable en­counter.

Al­varez, urged by his cor­ner that he needed some­thing spe­cial in the fi­nal few rounds, fin­ished with a flurry as the ca­pac­ity crowd cheered him on at T-Mo­bile Arena.

All three judges gave the Mex­i­can the last three rounds.

Golovkin landed more punches over the 12 rounds and was ahead 218 to 169 over­all by an un­of­fi­cial count.

Both box­ers said they were keen to fight again.

“Yes, of course, if the peo­ple want it,” said Al­varez, who thought he had won “seven or eight” rounds.

“Look at my belts. I’m still the cham­pion,” he said. “Of course I want a re­match.”

While many ex­perts gave Golovkin the edge, the score­card of the judge that awarded it to Al­varez 118-110 im­me­di­ately raised eye­brows.

An­other judge scored it 115-113 to Golovkin, while the third had it a 114-114 draw. The re­sult was roundly booed.

The two best mid­dleweights and two of the top pound-for-pound fight­ers in the sport of­fered con­trast­ing styles.

Golovkin mostly oc­cu­pied the cen­tre of the ring, while Al­varez was more com­fort­able near the ropes, con­tent for the most part to coun­ter­punch.

Cal­i­for­nia-based Golovkin, widely known by his nick­name ‘Triple G’, had an edge in jabs, but nei­ther fighter could de­liver a knock­out.

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