Round by round analysis for boxing title fight

LAS VEGAS — Canelo Alvarez embraced the final challenge from his long-strained rival Gennady Golovkin on Saturday night, and after convincingly defeating the long-reigning middleweight champion, Alvarez hugged the man he had finally definitively conquered.

“Thank you so much, my friend. Thank you, Golovkin,” Alvarez said he told the 40-year-old Kazakhstan fighter whose career record (42-2-1) is only blemished by the four-division champion from Mexico.

Coming off his first loss in nine years, Alvarez, 32, delivered a crisp, energetic showing, continually beating Golovkin to the punch and winning the limited exchanges that occurred.

This was not like the first two classic brawls between these champions, when Golovkin was viewed as rightfully objecting to judging that left him with a 2017 draw against Alvarez.

In their 2018 rematch, Alvarez’s role as the aggressor paced him to victory in another tightly contested outcome that Golovkin protested.

There was none of that Saturday at T-Mobile Arena.

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