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Canelo takes middleweight titles, hands Golovkin 1st career defeat in thrilling rematch

Canelo takes middleweight titles, hands Golovkin 1st career defeat in thrilling rematch

Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin fought 24 rounds in the space of a year, with little to pick between them.

Speaking at a media conference later in the night, Golovkin congratulated Canelo on this win and elaborated on his disappointment.

The weigh-in on Friday was rather heated, with Alvarez attempting to headbutt Golovkin before the pair were restrained by their respective trainers.

"I'm not going to say who won because the victory belongs to Canelo according to the judges", Golovkin said.

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

Two judges gave Alvarez the final round, allowing him to pull out the win. As a result, the Mexican star is now the WBA (Super), WBC, and IBO middleweight champion of the world. The fight was extremely close, and of course, the decision was a controversial one.

As far as Alvarez is concerned, his purse will remain unchanged at £3.8million. (When asked about a third fight) Under the right conditions, yes.




Alvarez looks set to face Canada's David Lemieux, who brutally knocked out Gary "Spike" O'Sullivan, next but there is still business unfinished with GGG.

The fight didn't match that kind of talk.

'Unfortunately we didn't get the knockout but thank God we walked away with the victory, ' he said. The judges are good judges and it was a good fight.

There will be an bad lot of talk for the next few weeks and that is one upside for the sport.

"I want to punish him", Golovkin said earlier in the week. "I'll be back guys; I'll be back".

Munguia claims the win after unloading a barrel of punches with one minute and three seconds remaining of round three.

With how close the first two fights were, and the amount of money that could be made from running it back a third time, it seems likely this fight will be made.


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