Canelo defeats Golovkin by majority decision after rematch in Las Vegas

Canelo defeats Golovkin by majority decision after rematch in Las Vegas

Boxing fans have been left with sour taste in their mouths after a controversial decision to hand Saul "Canelo" Alvarez the win in his rematch against Gennady "GGG" Golovkin.

"My corner told me that I needed to win the final round and that what's I did", Alvarez said.

Canelo Alvarez edged Gennady Golovkin by majority decision in their keenly-awaited rematch Sunday (Manila time) at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Golovkin beat Vanes Martirosyan as a replacement opponent on May 5 at T-Mobile Arena. This time around, a victor was declared as the judges who saw the tilt tipping over to Mexican's side, 115-113, outnumbered the lone judge who scored the fight 114-114.

The Mexican, who had been accused of "running" in the first fight, came forward relentlessly and dominated the mid part of the fight.

Off to a slow start, both Canelo and Golovkin felt each other out as they jabbed in the opening round.

There was plenty of enthusiasm heading into last September's fight between Canelo and GGG, which included some memorable moments and flurry of punches.

Both fighters were cut with Alvarez having one over his left eye and Golovkin cut over the right eye.

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"I'm very excited, very emotional". "For now I'm going to enjoy it with my family".

Boxing can be a fickle game in terms of how a fighter is perceived by the mainstream majority where you're only as good as your last fight.

Canelo, who was fighting for the first time since serving a six-month ban having tested positive for clenbuterol, appeared willing to sanction a trilogy but not before revelling in his triumph on Mexican Independence Day.

"I showed my victory with facts, " Alvarez said.

Alvarez 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. "It was a clear victory".

When asked about a third fight, he said: "Under the right conditions, yes". Great fight with two great champions!'

However, as the bout transpired, the two fighters were neck and neck. If Moretti and Weisfeld would've scored the 12th round for Golovkin, all three judges would've had it even when it ended (114-114).

Fingers crossed a third fight comes to fruition for the pair in May 2019. Judge Adalaide Byrd scored the fight 118-110 Alvarez over GGG, who many thought was the victor.

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