Alvarez beats Golovkin by unanimous decision to end hat-trick

LAS VEGAS (AP) – After 36 runs together in the ring over the past five years, Canelo Alvarez has finally put a convincing end to his impressive trio with Gennady Golovkin.

The Mexican star decisively won his third in-ring meeting with Gennady Golovkin on Saturday night, achieving a unanimous victory and a clear superiority in the rivalry between them.

Four years after the fighters’ last meeting ended with a narrow and controversial victory for Alvarez (58-2-2, 39 KOs), the fourth division world champion left no doubt about that verdict – despite winning by only 115. 113 in the scorecards of two judges, and the third sees it 116-112.

“He’s a tough fighter,” Alvarez said to the cheers of his Vegas crowd. “For me, I am happy to share the ring with him. He is really a good fighter. I am happy to participate in this kind of fight.”

Even with an injury to his left hand that he said would require surgery, 32-year-old Alvarez delivered a comprehensive defeat to the now 40-year-old Golovkin (42-2-1) in the first eight rounds, repeatedly testing a hat-trick. The famous G’s chin with combinations and raised rights. Golovkin rallied late, but time ran out.

Golovkin started very slowly with no clear strategy to take the initiative away from Alvarez. Fighting at 168 pounds for the first time in his career, the Kazakh middleweight star still had moments of his dynamic best in subsequent rounds against a weary Canelo, but it wasn’t enough to turn the match against a younger, more comfortable opponent in the supercar. Average weight, in which he occupies the undisputed champion position.

“Everyone knows that this is a high level, the best boxing fight,” Golovkin said. “Look at his face. Look at my face. He’s a high level, because we’ve trained well, and it shows we had a very good fight, a very good quality.”

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