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Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez defeats Gennady Golovkin on majority decision

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez defeats Gennady Golovkin on majority decision”

But in almost-shocking fashion, Alvarez was successful in doing something no previous Golovkin opponent had been able to do by forcing the fearsome GGG to take a step backwards during the middle rounds as Alvarez's speed and activity appeared to fatigue Golovkin both physically and mentally.

A year after their first fight ended in a controversial draw, Alvares survived a late barrage from Golovkin to clinch a points decision in front of a frenzied capacity crowd at T-Mobile Arena.

As midnight approached, Canelo Alvarez walked out of T-Mobile Arena wearing a shimmery gold sports jacket, sporting a bandage over his left eye and suddenly holding all the cards.

Alvarez claimed a majority decision, with the judges' scorecards reading 114-114 115-113 115-113.

Two judges favoured Alvarez 115-113, while a third had it 114-114. The two have now fought 24 rounds, and many of them were decided by the narrowest of margins.

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After twelve rounds of fantastic back and forth action, Canelo Alvarez was awarded a majority decision victory by the judges in attendance.

And after landing a right to the body and left to the face in the final round, Alvarez ate two uppercuts in the closing 10 seconds as both fighters responded to the noise around them.

Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News.

"It was very hard and [Golovkin] is a great fighter".

So no, it was no surprise that Alvarez, seven months removed from a pair of failed drug tests and fresh off a six-month suspension, was so eager to declare Saturday one of the happiest nights of his life.

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In what was a tightly contested bout throughout the night, many observers were split as to who would be leading this one, but the large consensus was that GGG outboxed Canelo, who was on the verge of getting knocked out at certain stages.

But Golovkin was never able to press home his advantage, and each time Alvarez was able to evade the looming danger to slide away and respond with blows of his own.

Nearly immediately there was talk of a third fight between two middleweights who now know each other well. "I had it close going into the 12th round. I'm very emotional", said Alvarez, who has previously held world titles at middleweight and light-middleweight. "It was a fight of two champions tonight". "It was a clear victory". Every great fighter has a great rival.

This time around, Alvarez (50-1-2) was the aggressor early, pressing forward and making Golovkin retreat.

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