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Canelo Alvarez closes trilogy with Gennadiy Golovkin with unanimous decision win

After the final bell and 36 rounds together, Canelo Alvarez and Gennadiy Golovkin shared a long embrace, apparently ending a feud that grew personal over the five years since they first met in the ring.

In yet another close fight, Alvarez retained his undisputed super middleweight championship Saturday at T-Mobile Arena with a unanimous decision triumph over his longtime rival in a trilogy bout before a raucous pro-Alvarez crowd on Mexican Independence Day Weekend.

Two judges scored it 115-113 for Alvarez, while a third judge had it 116-112.

Alvarez (58-2-2, 39 KOs) started strong while Golovkin worked his jab and barely threw his powerful right hand, the punch that launched him to stardom and a legendary middleweight championship run. Finally, down the stretch, Golovkin found his footing and won four of the final five rounds on two scorecards, but it was too little, too late.

While they hugged, Alvarez told Golovkin, “Thank you so much, my friend. Thank you for everything. We give the fans three good fights.”

The pleasantries were in stark contrast to the prefight buildup, when Alvarez vowed to end Golovkin’s career with a knockout victory. He even called Golovkin (42-2-1, 37 KOs) a phony who pretends to be a nice person.

Now, with the dust settled and the rivalry concluded, the fighters head in separate directions.

Alvarez, who owns all four 168-pound belts, could pursue a rematch with Dmitry Bivol next year to even the score from May, when Bivol routed him via decision.

However, an injury to his left wrist could require surgery. A team physician stated Alvarez has a tear in the cartilage in the wrist. Alvarez said he will wait to see if he needs surgery, which according to the physician would require six to 12 weeks of rehab.

“I can’t hold a glass,” said Alvarez, 32. “It’s really bad. But I’m a warrior.”

Alvarez, boxing’s top star, told ESPN at ringside that his hand is “f—ed up from the Caleb Plant fight,” a November TKO victory by the Mexican boxer that preceded his loss to Bivol.

That’s exactly what Alvarez displayed in the aftermath of a second victory over Golovkin, a third meeting that Golovkin and boxing fans eagerly waited four years to materialize. The September 2018 rematch, which Alvarez won via majority decision, was far from convincing, a battle that begged for an encore. The first fight, in September 2017, was a controversial draw that Golovkin was adamant he won.

Those two fights were contested at 160 pounds, where Golovkin remains a unified champion.

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