Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez beats Gennady Golovkin: Mexican retains undisputed super middleweight title

Canelo Alvarez (R) now has two wins over Gennady Golovkin

Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez defeated Gennady Golovkin over 12 rounds to retain his undisputed super middleweight title.

It was the third meeting between the current greats in Las Vegas, and Alvarez earned his second victory. controversial draw in the first time

After a Golovkin counter in the final rounds, the three judges agreed, 116-112, 115-113, 115-113 for Alvarez.

“Thank you guys, we gave the fans three great fights,” said the Mexican.

They shared a warm embrace after the fight, despite the rivalry turning sour during the four-year wait for the trilogy meeting, with Alvarez retaining the IBF, WBA (Super), WBO and WBC titles.

Golovkin said: “I want to shake Canelo’s hand. Congratulations to his whole team. He’s a true warrior, if you don’t understand that, you don’t understand anything.”

The exciting trilogy ends with a whimper

Despite the bittersweet rise, the final chapter lacked the same bite of the previous two contests in 2017 and 2018.

Alvarez, 32, took control from the first round, subduing an unusually passive Golovkin.

Golovkin was happy to “watch the rounds fly by”, as BBC Radio 5 Live commentator Steve Bunce put it, and halfway through the joint middleweight champion was suffering a stoppage.

Canelo Alvarez with the belt
Alvarez is back to winning ways after losing his last fight

Despite showing no signs of hurting Golovkin, Alvarez set the pace and was particularly successful with his left hook.

Golovkin was unable to respond when Alvarez landed him and after the eighth round the Kazakh’s trainer Johnathan Banks tried to rally his fighter, saying “let’s go to work”.

The 40-year-old tried to do just that and fought back from the ninth round, his famous stiff jab finally kicking into gear, unnerving Alvarez and knocking him back.

Although Alvarez looked tiring, he never got hurt and going into the final round Golovkin was looking for what would be the 38th knockout of his long career.

The T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas was an unfortunate hunting ground for Golovkin, who lost his rematch against Alvarez in 2018 and was robbed of what many thought was a great win in his first fight of 2017.

And it would be another frustrating night for Golovkin, who lost for the second time in his illustrious 45-fight career.

What next for Golovkin?

After losing to Gennady Golovkin
Golovkin turns 40 this year

Many believed Golovkin could retire from the sport if he lost.

But he confirmed he had no intention of hanging up his gloves after Alvarez’s passionate commitment to send Golovkin into retirement with a knockout.

Golovkin, who moved up to super-middleweight at 168lbs for the first time for this fight, is still the IBF, IBO and WBA (Super) middleweight champion.

“Absolutely,” Golovkin said when asked if he would continue to fight. “I have a great plan. Congratulations to Canelo and all the boxing fans. I have three belts at 160 pounds, I’m coming back, I’m still the champion.”

‘I need to rest’ – Alvarez

Alvarez returned to winning ways after moving up to lightweight against WBA (Super) champion Dmitry Bivol last time out.

It was only the second loss of his career, but the Mexican confirmed that his next goal is to avenge that defeat.

Bivol, undefeated in 20 fights, will first defend his title against Gilberto Ramirez on November 5th.

Alvarez, who revealed he had a hand injury before his win over Golovkin, will fight Bivol next year.

“I have left everything there. I need surgery on my hand, my left hand is not good,” he said.

“Everybody knows [Bivol is the fight I want]. We’ll see what happens in that fight. But I need to rest.

“It’s very important for my heritage, my pride, my family and my country. I’m going to win.”