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Canelo open to another rematch after defeating Golovkin

Canelo v GGG II The big-fight debate

Canelo Alvarez ended Gennady Golovkin's long reign as middleweight champion, outboxing the champion and holding off a late rally to score a majority decision and win the WBA, WBC and linear middleweight titles on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena.

You could nearly see that it surprised Golovkin himself who was more the boxer type of the two this time round.

The fight, in front of a sellout, celebrity-studded crowd that included Mike Tyson, actor Will Smith and basketballer LeBron James at T-Mobile Arena, lived up to its billing as the best two pound-for-pound fighters in the world.

Alvarez claimed a majority decision, with the judges' scorecards reading 114-114 115-113 115-113.

Two judges favoured Alvarez 115-113, while a third had it 114-114.

Alvarez looked close to tears after a decision which will again prompt controversy as, for spells in the fight, Golovkin seemed to be edging the physical side of a tactical battle, with his jab proving key early on. "I'm very emotional", said Alvarez, who has previously held world titles at middleweight and light-middleweight.

The fight was a rematch of a draw last September that left neither fighter satisfied.

The weigh-in on Friday was rather heated, with Alvarez attempting to headbutt Golovkin before the pair were restrained by their respective trainers.

"Some very close rounds that could have went either way".

Anyone scoring the Canelo-GGG fight at home had a tough task-at-hand.

"I showed my victory with facts", Álvarez said afterward through an interpreter.

Alvarez said in the days leading to the fight that he went to bed every night visualising a knockout.

The fight was stopped at 1:03 of the third round.

Canelo stayed on his bike the first time around but this time fought fire-with-fire, planted his feet and stood his ground. "Maybe next time they'll see it in our favor".

Alvarez is now 50-1-2 with 34 knockouts in his career, and Golovkin is 38-1-1 with 34 career knockouts.

"I felt very comfortable", Golovkin said.

'I pushed him back, it was me who was aggressive.