LAS VEGAS — Canelo Alvarez retained his undisputed super middleweight title Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena with a unanimous decision win over Gennady Golovkin in a trilogy.

Two judges scored him 115–113, while the third judge scored Alvarez 116–112.

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After the last call and 36 rounds together, they hugged for a long time, seemingly ending a feud that had become personal over the years.

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Golovkin, at age 40, started incredibly slow and barely landed with a right hand during the first two quarters of the fight, but came out late and appeared to win the last four rounds. — Mike Coppinger

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Full summary here…

Step by step analysis:

Official result: Canelo Alvarez retains his undisputed super middleweight title by unanimous decision against Gennady Golovkin: 116-112, 115-113 and 115-113. Fair ratings. It was 116-112, GGG won the last four rounds.

Round 12: Golovkin is the aggressor while Alvarez, who seemed to be fading away, held on. GGG gets back to work with the jab and they hug for a long time at the bell, the grudge fight seemingly over. 10-9, YYY. 116-112, Alvarez.

Round 11: Golovkin knocks out Alvarez’s right eye in what appears to be a deep gash. He controlled the fight and landed some big punches in the third round in a row, but probably too little too late. 10-9, YYY. 107-102, Alvarez.

Round 10: Golovkin picks up where he left off and lands some sharp right uppercuts in the near zone. He continued to jab to Canelo’s face to great effect. 10-9, YYY. 98-92, Canelo.

Round 9: GGG finally opens up and lands a few thumps after cornering Canelo. Alvarez responded with some hard lefts, but GGG finally clearly won the round. 10-9, Golovkin. 89-82, Alvarez.

Round 8: Canelo starts to pick up the pace with a series of thuds while GGG sticks to the jab rather than the right hand that made him an elite fighter. 10-9, Alvarez. 80-62, Alvarez.

Round 7: GGG is known for slow starts, but it’s the second half of the fight and he hasn’t started yet. At 40, he just seems too old to hang out with one of the best in the game. 10-9, Alvarez. 70-63, Alvarez.

Round 6: The first fight was all action; the second was a classic. The third, halfway through, was not like that at all. GGG refuses to throw right hand punches, probably tired of Canelo’s dangerous counter left hook. 10-9, Alvarez. 60-54, Alvarez.

Round 5: Alvarez continues to hit GGG to the body with his right hand and lands his hardest punch of the fight, an overhand right that crashes into GGG’s face at the end of the round. Golovkin was more aggressive, but still not going to let go. 10-9, Canelo. 50-45, Canelo.

Round 4: GGG has yet to land a combo while Alvarez lobs him with a right hand to the body and a left hook to the head. GGG’s face is swollen, especially his right cheekbone. All Alvarez in four. 10-9, Alvarez. 40-36, Alvarez.

Round 3: GGG must find a way to stand his ground. He is pushed back, and Alvarez gets his way. Canelo landed a hard left hook that kept Golovkin hanging on, and GGG appeared with a large welt on the right side of his forehead. 10-9, Alvarez. 30-27, Alvarez.

Round 2: Alvarez scored with a right hand to the liver, followed by a left hook to the body. Later, he landed a powerful overhand right hand. Until now, GGG has been patient – he always started slowly. 10-9, Alvarez. 20-18, Alvarez.

Round 1: They competed against each other for 24 rounds, but it’s been four years since they last met each other, so the first round was slow. GGG landed the jab early on while Canelo swung wildly and landed one sharp, compact left hook. 10-9, Alvarez.

Ringleader David Diamante introduces the fighter, first GGG, then Canelo. Fight next.

GGG had to wait 6 minutes in the ring before Canelo got there. He was relaxed.

GGG in the ring. Canelo is leaving. Mexican singer Alejandro Fernandez leads it with the song “Mexico Lindo y Querido”. The scene inside T-Mobile is incredible.


“Bam” Rodriguez retains title in decision win

The exhibition bout turned into a pretty tough test for one of boxing’s hottest names. Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez, WBC junior bantamweight champion defeated Israel Gonzalez via unanimous decision 118-109, 117-110, 114-113 in the co-main event.

Rodriguez did not receive a stoppage that could have increased his margin and admitted afterwards that it was a tougher fight than he expected. But the 23-year-old has solidified his position to become the 2022 fighter of the year.

As the crowd filled their seats at the T-Mobile Arena, Rodriguez displayed a dominance that has permeated the past few months.

At the beginning of the battle, it didn’t really matter where the action took place. In the center of the ring, on the ropes, at a distance, in close combat – Rodriguez landed (17-0, 11 KOs). The only major mistake came in the eighth round, when referee Kenny Bayless awarded Rodriguez a point for a low blow, which left Gonzalez on his knees for several minutes.

The champion from San Antonio dealt a lot of damage with a powerful left hand from a southpaw stance. He also knocked out Gonzalez (28-5-1, 11 KOs) with multiple uppercuts. The challenger from Baja California Sur, Mexico was active and was a good test for one of boxing’s rising champions.

But it was useless. Rodriguez landed stronger punches and dictated the terms of the fight. Rodriguez went a bit pale towards the final rounds as he tried to push his opponent away. But the veteran, who lost a unanimous decision to Roman “Chocolato” Gonzalez, broke his way to the final bell.

Earlier that year, Rodriguez took on Carlos Cuadras in less than a week to win the 118-pound championship. He then scored a knockout victory over Srisaket Sor Rungvisai.

Saturday’s performance wasn’t the Texan’s best performance of the year, but he still showed plenty of flashes of dominance, and that’s just the beginning. — Ben Baby

Akhmedov defeats Rosado in every round

As always, Gabriel Rosado proved to be a stubborn and tough opponent. But Ali Akhmedov had the patience and resilience against one of boxing’s toughest veterans. Akhmedov did not lose a single round on all three cards and won by unanimous decision with a score of 100-91.

Kazakh fans took their seats, some of them waving the country’s blue and yellow flag, cheering on their compatriot as Akhmedov (19-1, 14 KOs) often hit his target from a distance. Rosado (26-16-1, 15 KOs), a Philadelphia native who now lives in Puerto Rico, struggled early on but seemed to bounce back in the later rounds. He was successful in the ninth and tenth rounds and even sometimes forced Akhmedov to retreat.

However, this was not enough for the judges to credit him with any round. Akhmedov won his third fight in a row. — Baby

Williams wins by unanimous decision

It wasn’t always pretty, but Austin “Ammo” Williams got the job done.

The Houston native took a unanimous decision victory over Kieron Conway in the first fight of today’s paid leg of the tournament, 96-93, 97-92, 97-92.

It was a fight that was more exciting than interesting. Conway landed scoring punches and Williams prefighted early in the fight throughout the fight. In the sixth round, Conway landed a right hand that momentarily stunned Williams (12-0, 9 KOs).

But everything turned upside down in the ninth round. Williams caught Conway (18-3-1, 4 KOs) with a lead right hand, causing Conway to buckle near the ropes and eventually knock him down. — Baby

Pacheco scores another TKO victory and remains undefeated

Diego Pacheco’s plan worked.

Anyone who could read the bookmaker knew the purpose of his match with Enrique Collazo. Pacheco, a staggering (-3000) favorite, was expected to quickly finish off Collazo to add some buzz to his career.

Pacheco did his job. The Los Angeles native lost to Collazo (16-3-1, 11 KOs) in the fifth round. As Collazo got back on his feet, Pacheco quickly pounced on his Puerto Rican opponent and forced him to stop.

Although the fifth round was interesting, it is still unclear how good Pacheco is (16-0, 13 KOs). Higher competition may indicate where the Pacheco ceiling might be. — Baby

Best prospect Castro stops Montiel in the 5th round

Lightweight prospect Mark Castro delivered a stunning knockout with a punch that Kevin Montiel didn’t expect.

In the fifth round of the fight, which was dominated by Castro, he landed a powerful right uppercut that knocked Montiel down and prompted referee Tony Wicks to stop the fight immediately. Montiel (6-1, 3 KOs) lay on his back for about two minutes before eventually sitting up and receiving applause from the crowd inside the arena.

Castro (8-0, 6 KOs) has had his first knockout in his last three fights and all of those fights have taken place this year. The Fresno, California native is constantly featured on Alvarez’s undercards, which shows how much the Matchroom promoter thinks of Castro. — Baby