Canelo Alvarez wins rematch vs. GGG

Golovkin seemed to fade in the middle rounds, and after the seventh, his trainer Abel Sanchez urged him on, saying, "We're losing this fight", and exhorting him to pick up the pace.

Mexican star Alvarez produced a performance of guts and resilience to inflict the first defeat of Golovkin's career with a majority decision at the T-Mobile Arena.

If there's one thing that can bring the MMA world together, it's a much-anticipated boxing showdown with two of the sport's best.

Golovkin beat Vanes Martirosyan as a replacement opponent on May 5 at T-Mobile Arena. Scores of 115-113 either way or a draw were easy conclusions to reach, meaning any talk of controversy is unwarranted. The AP scored it 114-114.

"After the first fight I said, "thank you for the fight, it was a great fight". To add to the drama, the two fighters also clashed heads. Originally, the pair fought past year in September in Las Vegas.

Around 1,000 fans crammed into the venue to watch both fighters finally hit the scales after months of verbal sparring.

Conlan tweeted: 'I don't think it was robbery, had Canelo winning and I really wanted Triple-G to win. He was credited with landing 234 of 879 punches while Alvarez landed 203 of 622.

Ringside punch stats showed a close fight, though they favored Golovkin by a small margin.

For the Kazakh Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs), a first defeat in a long and storied career was hard to take and he trudged back to his dressing room without speaking to the press in the ring.

In terms of what changed from the first fight to the second you'd have to say that tactics were key on the night for Canelo. The twelve and final round with the fight hanging close Canelo went after Golovkin but slipped.

A great boxing fight was just ruined by a bogus decision by the judges ... again.

"If the people want us to do it again let's do it again, " Alvarez said. At times their heads were nearly touching, bringing hooks and uppercuts into focus, with Alvarez landing a well-placed right to the body in the sixth.

"Canelo did what he said he was going to do", Golovkin promoter Tom Loeffler said. Sanchez told Golovkin after the eighth round. "There was only one or two rounds between them".

Both fighters were cut with Alvarez having one over his left eye and Golovkin cut over the right eye.

Former world heavyweight champion George Foreman: "Canelo Brave as a Bull!" Alvarez subsequently failed a pair of drugs tests in February for the banned substance clenbuterol.

The Mexican won the rematch on points following a frenetic encounter as Golovkin suffered the first defeat of his career. A GGG victory, like I had it, or 2.

  • Rosalie Stanley