Canelo Alvarez won the middleweight title by the narrowest of margins on Saturday night, taking a majority decision over Gennady Golovkin to hand the longtime champion his first loss as a pro.
A year after the two fought to a draw, the second fight was almost as close. There were no knockdowns, but the action was spirited throughout as the two battled to the final bell before a frenzied crowd at the T-Mobile Arena.
Two judges favored Alvarez 115-113, while a third had it 114-114.
The two fighters switched roles, with Triple G trying to counter Alvarez and the Mexican fighter coming forward much of the fight. Both landed well to the head and Golovkin controlled some rounds with his jab though neither were ever in any trouble of going down.
"He's a great fighter but I'm a great fighter and I showed it tonight," Alvarez said.
The two fighters switched roles from their first fight, with Triple G trying to counter Alvarez and the Mexican fighter coming forward much of the fight. Both landed well to the head and Golovkin (38-1-1) controlled some rounds with his jab though neither were ever in any trouble of going down.
The fight was a rematch of a draw last September that left neither fighter satisfied. This time it was Golovkin who was upset, and he stormed out of the ring without talking.
"I can't complain, that's what we have the judges for," said Abel Sanchez, Golovkin's trainer.
Ringside punch stats showed a close fight, though they favored Golovkin by a small margin. Golovkin was credited with landing 234 of 879 punches while Alvarez (50-1-2) landed 203 of 622.
Almost immediately there was talk of a third fight between two middleweights who now know each other well.
"If the people want us to do it again let's do it again," Alvarez said. "For now I'm going to enjoy it with my family."
"Under the right conditions, yes," Golovkin said of a rematch.