Saúl Álvarez, known as Canelo, won the middleweight title against Gennady Golovkin at Tmobile Arena in an Epic brawl by majority decision , Alvarez’s victory ended Golovkin’s undefeated run and his historic 160-pound title reign at a division-record 20 defenses (115-113, 114-114, 115-113) to become the WBC/WBA middleweight champion.
The bout was a rematch of a fight that took place this time last year and ended in a controversial draw. Since meeting back in 2017, the fighters have taken very different paths to get to this match.
“I’m very thankful for this opportunity. It’s a great comeback to be on the Canelo vs. Golovkin card. I can’t wait because I am a step closer to becoming a world champion,” Gonzalez said. “When he hit the floor, I got very worried for him and I panicked, and when he regained consciousness and I prayed for him and I told him that I hope god blesses him, his family, and his career. I asked for him to forgive me, because this is the job that we chose and that I didn’t mean to hurt him.”
“I’m not going to say who won tonight because the victory belongs to Canelo, according to the judges,” Golovkin said after the first loss of his career. “I thought that I fought better than he did.”
For the first time in eight years, Golovkin doesn’t have a world title. The fighter from Kazakhstan had 20 straight middleweight title defenses, tied with Bernard Hopkins for the most all time in the division.