Canelo Alvarez dragged into 'atrocious' boxing farce: 'Laughable'

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Canelo Alvarez (pictured left) embraces Gennadiy Golovkin and (pictured right) Alvaraz and Golovkin stare off.
Canelo Alvarez (red trunks) defeated Gennadiy Golovkin (white trunks) in their trilogy boxing bout, despite anger over the scorecards. (Getty Images)

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.

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.

with Reuters

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