Canelo Alvarez reacts to ending Gennady Golovkin's unbeaten record

Canelo Alvarez reacts to ending Gennady Golovkin's unbeaten record

After Golovkin's poised jab clearly won the opening three minutes, Alvarez's response in the second - including a solid right uppercut - pointed to the back-and-forth contest that was to come.

A year after the two fought to a draw, the second fight was nearly as close.

The final round proved crucial in preventing a repeat of the draw both men shared, 364 days earlier at the same T-Mobile Arena venue. The AP scored it 114-114.

However, the judges controversially ruled in Canelo's favour, handing Golovkin his first loss as a professional and giving Canelo the title of the new middleweight champion.

The fight in Las Vegas came almost a year to the day since a split-decision draw left the Kazakh boxer stunned.

It was a raucous sellout crowd inside T-Mobile Arena, the assembled masses holding their collective breath at times as the fighters exchanged blow after blow.

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"I showed my victory with facts", Álvarez said afterward through an interpreter.

"We had a great fight, the one we expected the first time around, " said Abel Sanchez, Golovkin's trainer. "GGG" left the ring and did not give the customary post-fight interview to HBO Boxing analyst Max Kellerman.

Tonight, Canelo was handed a majority decision victory in a fight that he again did not win.

Both fighters were cut in the course of the bout, Canelo sporting a long laceration underneath his left eyebrow, with Golovkin cut around the right eye and with swelling to his high cheekbones. I feel satisfied because I gave a great fight. 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.

Now that Alvarez and Golovkin are 1-1, who's ready for the inevitable third and final fight?

Conlan tweeted: 'I don't think it was robbery, had Canelo winning and I really wanted Triple-G to win.

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