Canelo beats Golovkin with debatable decision

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A rematch every bit as good as their first meeting, Canelo Alvarez this time prevailed with a tight majority decision win over a slightly aged-looking Gennady Golovkin.

Few observers seemed to have Canelo ahead after the 12, although once again the Vegas judges leaned toward the home-favourite, with one card even and two giving 115-113 to the winner.

The Mexican held his ground a lot more than last time, ditching his evasive “running” tactics from the previous encounter.  He kept a tight guard, was reluctant to step back and landed numerous clean shots which may have swayed the judges.

But it was Golovkin who was the busier of the two, peppering his opponent with a consistent jab and opening him up with uppercuts and hooks mid-way through the fight.

The final 4 rounds was when the clash truly caught fire.  Both men traded blows heading into the final stretch and provided an enthralling finish to another very good fight.

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