Gennady Golovkin vs Saul Alvarez II
In Las Vegas, Gennady Golovkin and Saul Alvarez battle it out in a highly anticipated rematch, having fought to a split draw 12 months earlier, Golovkin keeping his WBA, WBC, IBF belts without a win, having later had the IBF title taken from him for opting not to take his mandatory, Golovkin goes into the rematch, still as the WBA, WBC champion.
Golovkin, considered by many, unlucky not to have gotten the decision the first time, goes into the rematch, a slight favourite.
Unlike a respectful, professional fight the first time, the rematch, due to failed drug tests, insults, is a real grudge match, there is animosity between the two fighters, with Golovkin, questioning Alvarez's ability to fight like a proud Mexican warrior, Alvarez, admittedly, fuming with rage at Golovkin, the two have to be separated by security at the weigh in.
Alvarez takes a different tactical approach to the first fight, and Golovkin uses his jab regularly, but not with a lot of authority. Alvarez lands a great, stand out left hook in round 2, Golovkin soaks it up, isn't hurt, but is backed up.
Golovkin is very busy in round 4, takes the round, but is backing up for most of the early-mid rounds, is made to work, and Alvarez lands more shots, gets the best of most exchanges, seeming to take a toll on Golovkin.
After 7 rounds, it seems to be going against Golovkin, Abel Sanchez tells him he's losing, Alvarez's aggressive tactics seem to be working well.
Golovkin rallies in the late rounds, has a great round 10, lands a smashing right hand, which Alvarez walks through. Golovkin fights fire with fire against Alvarez in rounds 9 and 11, and seems to come on stronger than Alvarez.
Both fighters go all out in the last round, as Golovkin starts with a few clean, crushing shots which Alvarez walks through, but Alvarez seems to take over the round by pressuring Golovkin and being the aggressor for most of the round.
The fighters embrace as the fight ends, have clear mutual respect, and both seem very confident of victory.
There doesn't seem to be any general consensus, as some say Golovkin has clearly won, some say Alvarez has clearly won, and many say it could go either way.
It is announced that it is a majority decision, even on one card, the overruling two, scoring Alvarez a close winner.
Saul Alvarez beats Gennady Golovkin by Majority Decision, Alvarez gives a happy post fight interview, whilst a devastated Golovkin leaves the ring straight away.
At the post fight press conference, Golovkin is his usual humble self, is gracious in defeat, congratulates Alvarez, but is still clearly in strong disagreement with the decision, Abel Sanchez claims his fighter could have been tactically better, not unexpectedly protests for the trilogy.
'I'm not going to say who won tonight, because the victory belongs to Canelo, according to the judges. I thought it was a very good fight for the fans and very exciting. I thought I fought better than he did'.
'I feel satisfied because I gave a great fight. It was a clear victory'
Steve Bunce: 114-114
Boxing peoples' opinions
Andre Ward: Alvarez