Canelo Alvarez, of Mexico, celebrates after defeating WBC/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, of Khazakstan, in a title boxing fight at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)
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Mexico's Saul "Canelo" Alvarez ended Gennady Golovkin's unbeaten reign as unified middleweight champion Saturday, battling to victory by majority decision in a pulsating rematch.Alvarez inflicted the first defeat of Kazakh slugger Golovkin's career after two judges scored it 115-113 in his favor, with another judge scoring it even at 114-114 .Golovkin appeared to edge clear in the early rounds, working well behind his stiff left jab, but Alvarez remained unruffled.With Golovkin needing a big finish in the 12th, Alvarez again proved up to the challenge, shrugging off an early uppercut to hold on for the win.Although statistics afterwards showed Golovkin had thrown more punches, it was Alvarez who landed more consistently, outscoring his rival 143-116 in power punches.The two boxers needed to be separated at Friday's weigh-in after Alvarez charged at Golovkin as they faced off.Alvarez was banned for six months after testing positive for the banned performance enhancing substance Clenbuterol.
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