Canelo Álvarez Defeats Gennady Golovkin in a Narrow Decision


“We had a great fight, the one we expected the first time around,” said Abel Sanchez, Golovkin’s trainer. “I had it close going into the 12th round. 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.”

Almost immediately there was talk of a third fight between two middleweights who now know each other well.

“If the people want us to do it again let’s do it again,” Álvarez said. “For now I’m going to enjoy it with my family.”

“Under the right conditions, yes,” Golovkin said of a rematch.

Álvarez seemed to take control of the fight in the middle rounds, using sharp punches to batter Golovkin, who seemed to slow down from his pace earlier in the fight.

“We’re losing the fight!” Sanchez told Golovkin after the eighth round.

But Triple G came on strong in the final few rounds to make it as close as it could be. Golovkin landed several big punches to start the 12th round but still lost it on the two scorecards that ended up favoring Alvarez.

Both fighters were cut, Álvarez with one over his left eye and Golovkin cut over the right.

It was the first loss in 40 fights for Golovkin, the fearsome puncher from Kazakhstan who held portions of the middleweight title for seven years and hadn’t lost since the 2005 amateur world championships. And it came at the hands of Álvarez, a Mexican star whose positive test for clenbuterol forced the rematch to be postponed from May.

Most of the crowd here, on Mexican Independence Day weekend, favored Álvarez, who seemed to control much of the pace of the fight even while taking some sharp shots to the head. Though Golovkin has a reputation as a knockout artist, he never seemed to hurt Álvarez, who credited his fight plan with the win.

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