Canelo Saul Alvarez defeated Gennadiy 'GGG' Golovkin in the much-hyped trilogy bout but the judges scorecards have once again come into question.
In a trilogy bout expected to put to bed the controversy surrounding the first two epic instalments, Alvarez bullied the older Golovkin, 40, around the ring for the first six rounds.
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But this contest bore few of the hallmarks of either of those absorbing encounters, with Alvarez controlling the centre of the ring for the majority of the fight and dominating with his faster hand speed.
Alvarez appeared rattled in the 8th round, which sparked Golovkin into life as he pressed the Mexican.
Despite pushing the pressure, the Kazakh had left himself far too much to do.
Alvarez finished strongly and was the clear winner across the 12 rounds with a 116-112, 115-113 and 115-113 outcome on the judges' scorecards.
The pair embraced at the end of the fight and put to bed the bad blood during one of boxing's all-time trilogy.
The scorecards were way too close for many experts, despite the right winner being crowned.
Boxing experts and fans let rip at the scorecards after a trilogy fight that didn't live up to the standards.
Scores: 116-112, 115-113 twice for Canelo. Not sure WHAT those judges saw
— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) September 18, 2022
These judges are ridiculous..
Laughable. At most GGG won 3RDs.
— herculez gomez (@herculezg) September 18, 2022
Terrible scoring by the judges. Canelo won at least 8 rds. #CaneloGGG3
— Kevin Kilbane (@kdkilbane77) September 18, 2022
Sad to see GGG like that tonight.
Hope he doesn’t buy into the judges cards & think he has enough left to keep going.
He’s been a brilliant fighter, unbelievable warrior.
Once Father Time catches you, he doesn’t let you go. #CaneloGGG3
— Dave Coldwell (@davidcoldwell) September 18, 2022
Canelo wins. Unanimous decision. Two judges somehow had it 115-113.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) September 18, 2022
— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) September 18, 2022
2 judges had it 115-113 7-5. They tried to give ggg this fight. Because they wanted to give ggg a win for him to be in the hall of fame. They wanted a 4th fight. They were ready to rob Canelo to make it happen. All ggg had to do was try more and they would've gave him the victory https://t.co/NTSEjqTMkL
— Jbro (@YoungDanielDad) September 18, 2022
What the hell did the judges see?! Canelo out box TripleG and the damn match almost went to a draw 😂 pic.twitter.com/rFTR6dSuMz
— 2ndgunny (@2ndgunny) September 18, 2022
Those scorecards were pretty bad, right? 115-113 is atrocious.
— Mike Heck (@MikeHeck_JR) September 18, 2022
The pair previously fought in the same T-Mobile Arena for the middleweight title in 2017 and 2018, with a draw controversially declared in the first fight before Alvarez won the second on a split decision.
"Everybody knows who is Canelo, everybody knows a bad step, you lose the fight," said Golovkin.
"You lose one punch, you lose the fight. Look at his face, look at my face. We're like this because it was a high-level fight because we trained well and we did a very good quality fight.
"This fight was more tactical, like chess. Today Canelo was better."
At 40 years old, Golovkin's future hangs in the balance after the loss.
Alvarez signalled his intention to move back up and avenge his loss against Dimitry Bivol.
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