Canelo Alvarez closes trilogy with Gennadiy Golovkin with unanimous-decision win

LAS VEGAS — Canelo Alvarez retained his undisputed super middleweight championship on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena with a unanimous-decision victory over his rival, Gennadiy Golovkin, in a trilogy fight.

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

After the final bell, and 36 rounds together, the two rivals shared a long embrace, apparently ending a feud that grew personal over the years.

Golovkin, at age 40, started incredibly slow and barely threw a right hand over the first two quarters of the bout, but he came on strong late and appeared to win the final four rounds.

The two rivals fought to a draw in their 2017 fight. Alvarez won a majority decision in 2018.

Alvarez (58-2-2, 39 KOs) was coming off an upset loss to Dmitry Bivol in May when he challenged for a 175-pound title.

Golovkin (42-2-1, 37 KOs), who entered off a TKO win over Ryota Murata in April, competed at 168 pounds for the first time following a legendary middleweight run, where he still holds two 160-pound titles.

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