Neither fighter gave the other much ground.
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Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin argued afterward about who won their middleweight showdown.The middleweight bout years in the making lived up to its hype as the two fighters traded huge punches and went after each other for 12 rounds.Alvarez rallied late to win the last three rounds on each scorecard and pull out the draw, though both fighters claimed victory.Alvarez was leading after the first three rounds, then Golovkin dominated the middle rounds.Veteran judge Adalaide Byrd inexplicably had Alvarez winning 118-110, giving him all but two rounds.Golovkin, who has never lost in 38 fights, retained his middleweight titles. But Alvarez showed that he could not only take the punches of the fighter from Kazakhstan but land telling punches of his own.There was plenty of drama toward the end of the fight as Alvarez rallied in the late rounds and rocked Golovkin with uppercuts and big right hands.Golovkin predicted before the fight that the late rounds would resemble a street fight, and in a way they did.Golovkin entered the ring first, one of the concessions he had to make to get the fight with Alvarez despite holding all the middleweight belts.
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