Álvarez beats Golovkin by unanimous decision to end trilogy

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Canelo Álvarez decisively received his 3rd ring assembly with Gennady Golovkin on Saturday night time, incomes a unanimous-decision victory within the ultimate bout in their entertaining trilogy.

Four years after the opponents’ most up-to-date assembly resulted in a slim, disputed victory for Álvarez (58-2-2, 39 KOs), the four-division global champion left no doubt about this verdict. The 32-year-old Mexican megastar delivered a complete pummeling of the now-40-year-old Golovkin (42-2-1) within the first 8 rounds, many times trying out Triple G’s famed chin with combos and overhand rights.

Golovkin began some distance too slowly and not using a transparent technique to take the initiative clear of Álvarez. Fighting at 168 kilos for the primary time in his profession, the Kazakh middleweight megastar nonetheless had moments of his dynamic easiest within the later rounds in opposition to a wearier Canelo, however they were not sufficient to flip the bout in opposition to a more youthful opponent extra relaxed at tremendous middleweight.

The judges all scored it unusually carefully for Álvarez: 116-112, 115-113 and 115-113. The Associated Press additionally preferred Canelo, 117-111.

With a transparent victory to wrap up one of the most livelier rivalries in contemporary boxing historical past, Álvarez rebounded wonderfully from simplest the second one lack of his profession, a moderately one-sided gentle heavyweight defeat delivered by Dmitry Bivol final May.

Golovkin has stated he would possibly not retire after this bout, however the longtime middleweight champion took simplest his 2d profession loss — and the primary that was once decisive. The sour competitors embraced and spoke warmly to every different after the overall bell, possibly signaling a thaw of their frosty courting.

After their first two fights ended in a draw and a slim majority-decision victory for Álvarez, the opponents after all met once more 4 years later, once more combating simply off the Las Vegas Strip in entrance of a pro-Canelo crowd.

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