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Canelo vs. GGG Fight: Live Updates

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Sept. 18, 2022, 12:37 a.m. ET

Sept. 18, 2022, 12:37 a.m. ETCredit…John Locher/Associated Press

It was one among the closest rivalries in boxing, one marked by discord and controversial judging decisions because, over two fights and 24 rounds, there was little that separated Saúl Álvarez and Gennadiy Golovkin.

Was, that’s, because of their third fight at T-Mobile Arena in five years Saturday night, the Mexican fighter Álvarez, known widely as Canelo, definitively outclassed Golovkin in front of an adoring crowd to retain his super welterweight titles and regain a little bit of menace after suffering just the second lack of his skilled profession in May.

“I actually have shown that defeats are great, because they mean you can come back and show humility,” Álvarez said, while wearing a crown on his head, after the fight.

Álvarez won the fight by unanimous decision, with much of the drama drained from the bout early — although two of the judges said that Golovkin had only lost by one round. Perhaps the one real consolation for Golovkin was that he lasted all 12 rounds; Álvarez repeatedly boasted within the run-up to the fight that he would end it early.

Golovkin began the fight slow, testing Álvarez along with his left jab but rarely doing damage with it. Álvarez damaged Golovkin’s temple early, and customarily seemed content to counter with flurries while occasionally swinging wildly for the knockout punch he had promised but that never got here.

Finally, after eight rounds and 24 staid minutes, a fight broke out within the ninth round. Golovkin threw caution to the wind and repeatedly advanced on Álvarez, switching up his jab-only style for a more varied attack. Within the eleventh round he finally landed enough hooks to open up a cut on Álvarez’s right eye. However the offensive barrage got here at a price, and Golovkin received almost as badly as he gave it. It was also too late.

The judges scored the fight 116-112, 115-113 and 115-113, seemingly giving Golovkin the last 4 rounds in generous fashion.

Golovkin, 40, has said that he is not going to retire after this fight. He looked a step slow, nonetheless, and really unlike the fighter who fans fell in love with due to his relentless forward-moving style, tentative.

“Remember I actually have three belts at 160,” he said when questioned about his future afterward. “I can still fight, guys.”

The fight was a pleasant bounce-back win for Álvarez, who lost to Dimitry Bivol in a lightweight heavyweight matchup earlier this yr.

But while he bested Golovkin, he was not back to his showstopping best. He’ll have to be higher if he’s to defeat Bivol in a possible rematch or if he desires to proceed to dominate the super middlweight division.

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