BRIEFS Golovkin, Al­varez fight to a bru­tal draw; re­match to come

The Arizona Republic - - SPORTS -

LAS VEGAS - Gen­nady Golovkin re­tained his mid­dleweight ti­tles Satur­day night, fight­ing to a draw with Canelo Al­varez in a bru­tal bat­tle that ended with both fight­ers with their hands aloft in vic­tory.

The mid­dleweight show­down lived up to its hype as the two fight­ers traded huge punches and went af­ter each other for 12 rounds. Nei­ther fighter was down and nei­ther ap­peared se­ri­ously hurt but both landed some huge punches to the head that had the crowd scream­ing in ex­cite­ment.

Golovkin was the ag­gres­sor through­out and landed punches that had put other fight­ers to the can­vas. But he couldn’t put Al­varez down, and the Mex­i­can star more than stood his own in ex­changes with Triple G, from Kaza­khstan. The two were still brawl­ing as the fi­nal sec­onds ticked down and the fight went to the score­cards.

One judge had Al­varez win­ning 118-110, a sec­ond had it 115-113 in Golovkin’s fa­vor while the third had it 114-114. The Associated Press scored it 114-114.

Golovkin, who has never lost in 38 fights, re­tained his mid­dleweight ti­tles with the draw. But Al­varez showed that he could not only take Golovkin’s punches but land telling punches of his own.

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