Canelo Álvarez ended his lengthy rivalry with Gennady Golovkin with a transparent victory of their trilogy battle on Saturday.
Following two bruising fights, each with disputed outcomes, the pair met for the third and last time at T-Cell Area in Las Vegas.
And in entrance of a partisan crowd in favor of Álvarez – this battle got here on Mexican Independence Day Weekend – the fan favourite was in a position to declare a unanimous victory.
Regardless of dominating the early spherical, he needed to face a late comeback from Golovkin, however finally gained by way of the judges’ scoring, with two scoring the battle 115-113 and the opposite scoring it 116-112 – in Álvarez’s favor.
The victory cements Álvarez’s place as one in all boxing’s finest pound-for-pound fighters as he retained his IBF, WBA (Tremendous), WBO and WBC titles and his undisputed super-middleweight crown.
Though the pair have beforehand exchanged barbs and expressed a disliking for one another, they embraced within the ring after Saturday’s battle, each expressing their admiration for one another.
“He’s sturdy, he’s an incredible fighter,” Álvarez mentioned. “For me, I’m simply glad to share the ring with him. We give the followers three actually good fights. I’m glad to be concerned in that form of battle.”
Golovkin mentioned: “I wish to shake fingers with Canelo. Congrats to all his group. He’s an actual warrior – should you don’t perceive that, you don’t perceive nothing.”
What does the long run maintain for these two legendary fighters?
For Álvarez, his victory over Golovkin was a return to profitable methods, having been overwhelmed in his earlier battle, solely the second defeat in his profession.
The Mexican fighter was shocked by undefeated Russian fighter Dmitry Bivol of their gentle heavyweight title conflict, as he tried to make a step up in weight.
And though the 32-year-old confirmed that avenging that loss in opposition to Bivol is his subsequent goal, he revealed the battle must wait as he recovers from a hand harm he suffered earlier than the battle in opposition to Golovkin.
According to ESPN, a group doctor mentioned that Álvarez has a tear within the cartilage within the wrist which might require surgical procedure and 6 to 12 weeks of rehabilitation afterward.
“I can’t maintain a glass,” he mentioned. “It’s actually unhealthy. However I’m a warrior.”
Álvarez added: “I left every part in there. I want surgical procedure on my hand, I’m not good in my left hand. Everyone is aware of [Bivol is the fight I want]. We’ll see what occurs in that battle. However I want relaxation.”
For Golovkin, at 40 years outdated, many thought this could be the ultimate act of his storied profession.
Nonetheless, the Kazakh fighter mentioned he plans to maintain on combating. “Completely,” Golovkin mentioned when requested he would proceed combating.
“I nonetheless have this hearth burning inside me. I’ve the eagerness for boxing. Don’t neglect I’ve three belts at 160lbs. I really feel nice.
“I didn’t permit any critical photographs. I’m drained, I’m contemporary. I really feel the energy and energy inside me. In fact, if alternative presents I can be seeking to return within the ring.”