Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez brought an end to his bitter rivalry with Gennadiy Golovkin on Saturday as the Mexican won the fighters’ trilogy fight on a unanimous decision to retain the undisputed super middleweight world title in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Alvarez was rarely troubled as his 40-year-old opponent, the current undisputed middleweight champion, struggled to match the energy and work rate of the title holder, who defeated Golovkin for the second time in three meetings.
The pair previously fought in the same T-Mobile Arena for the middleweight title in 2017 and 2018, with a draw controversially declared in the first fight before Alvarez won the second on a split decision.
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But this contest bore few of the hallmarks of either of those absorbing encounters, with Alvarez controlling the centre of the ring for the majority of the fight and dominating with his faster hand speed.
The win was the perfect return to form for the 32-year-old after losing for only the second time in his career in his previous fight, when he was defeated by WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol in May.
Golovkin was second-best throughout the first two-thirds of the fight before he finally came to life in the ninth round, rattling the champion with a left hook and increasing his output.
The Kazakh, however, had left himself far too much to do and Alvarez retained his titles with a 116-112, 115-113 and 115-113 outcome on the judges’ scorecards that leaves Golovkin’s future in the sport in doubt.