There would be no controversy on this night. Canelo Alvarez was faster and stronger and simply outworked his rival. He upended Gennadiy Golovkin in a definitive unanimous decision victory to retain his undisputed super middleweight crown Saturday at T-Mobile Arena.

Unlike their previous two outings, which were marred by controversy, Canelo [58-2-2] made a statement from the outset of the third fight. He took the center of the ring and routinely beat Golovkin [42-2-1] to the punch.

Maybe it was the added weight or the age, but the 40-year-old Golovkin just couldn’t get going after campaigning his entire career at 160 pounds.

Golovkin outworked Canelo in each of their first two meetings, and plenty of observers believed that GGG deserved at least one win. That wasn’t the case Saturday.

GGG did find success in the middle rounds and briefly stunned Canelo in the ninth with a right hand. But it was too little, too late. Canelo had banked enough rounds to ensure victory.

“It didn’t surprise me,” Canelo said of GGG’s late rally. “I know him. He’s a strong fighter. For me, I’m just glad to share the ring with him. He’s a really good fighter. I’m glad to be involved in that kind of fight.”

It wasn’t quite the barnburner the first two fights were, but it was still a great fight that saw one of the best boxers of this generation end a heated rivalry with respect. Canelo and GGG embraced afterward and stated that the bad blood was over.

“Thank you so much my friend, thank you Golovkin, thank you for everything,” said Canelo. “We gave the fans three good fights. Thank you for everything.”

Golovkin’s future is in question. He could retire, but he wouldn’t confirm that following the second loss of his career. Instead, he suggested a move back to 160 pounds to defend his titles.

“Remember, I’m still champion at 160,” Golovkin said. “I come back guys, I’m still champion.”

Canelo injured his left hand in the fight and said he needs some rest. When he returns, he could go after a rematch with Dimitry Bivol or stay at 168 pounds and defend his titles.

But for now, one of the best boxing feuds in recent memory is over, without any controversy or confusion.

Source: Andreas Hale


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