After controversial scorecards overshadowed their first two meetings, Saul “Canlo” Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin met for the third time on Saturday night in Las Vegas. At this point, Alvarez left little argument that he was the better fighter, even though the scorecards reflected a much closer fight than it actually was. With the unanimous decision victory, Alvarez remains the undisputed super middleweight champion of the world.

Alvarez dominated the fight with defense and a strong combination of wide rights, jabs and left hooks. Golovkin spent the first eight rounds working a mostly ineffective jab back and dug himself a deep hole on the scorecards. In the first two rounds, Golovkin landed just two of 32 total jabs.

Things didn’t get much better for Golovkin as the rounds went by. Golovkin chases and misses with most of his punches as Alvarez lands jabs and hooks.

It was far less competitive than their September 2017 meeting, which was ruled a split, or their September 2018 meeting, where Alvarez won by a majority.

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It was somewhat shocking that Alvarez couldn’t work on any normal body. Golovkin, 40, has shown vulnerability to body shots in his recent fights and Alvarez has one of the best left hands to the body in the sport. Still, Alvarez didn’t need to key in on Golovkin’s ribs because his basic strategy worked so well.

Although Alvarez promised a knockout, he didn’t need to shift into high gear to hit for the finish, instead working on Golovkin with light and crisp boxing.

Although they appeared to have won by a wide decision, the scorecards were controversial in the third meeting between the two. Alvarez won by decision but with scores of 116-112, 115-113 and 115-113. CBS Sports has it 118-110 for Alvarez.

“He’s a very good fighter,” Alvarez said after the fight. “He’s strong. He’s a great fighter and that’s why we’re here. I’m happy to share the ring with him. I’m going to continue to make my legacy strong.”

Alvarez then indicated that he is committed to fight the winner of the fight between WBA light heavyweight champion Dimitri Bivol and Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez on November 5. Alvarez lost to Bivol in May, the first loss to “Canelo” since September. In the year 2013. Instead of immediately waiving his rematch clause, Alvarez settled his rivalry with Golovkin, which many observers felt was coming at least three years after the expiration date.

Before seeking revenge — and his second light heavyweight world record — Alvarez said he needs time to rest and heal his body, as well as surgery on his left hand. The fight against Golovkin is Alvarez’s ninth in the last four years.

The loss was only the second of Golovkin’s career. He still holds the IBF and WBA middleweight titles and said after the fight that he will return to 160 pounds, quashing any thoughts of retirement after a three-way fight with Alvarez.

“Everybody knows, this is a top division. This is the best fighter in boxing. Everybody knows who Canelo is. It’s a big fight. Look at his face, look at my face. We’ve trained well, and it shows that we’ve done it. A very good quality fight.

“This fight is more tactical. Today, Canelo is better. Congratulations to Canelo.”

The undercard saw Jessie Rodriguez retain the WBC Super Flyweight title with a decision over Israel Gonzalez, although it wasn’t as clear as the pre-fight he anticipated. Also, Ali Akhmedov made easy work of veteran Gabriel Rosado to win a decision. And Austin Williams beat Kieron Conway by decision.

CBS Sports was with you all night in Las Vegas, so be sure to follow the live scores and highlights below.

Alvarez vs. Golovkin 3 fight card, results

  • Canelo Alvarez (c) def. Gennady Golovkin via unanimous decision (116-112, 115-113, 115-113)
  • Jesse Rodriguez (c) def. Israel Gonzalez by unanimous decision (118-109, 117-110, 114-113)
  • Ali Akhmedov Gabriel Rosado unanimous decision
  • Austin Williams Defy. Kieron Conway via unanimous decision (96-93, 97-92, 97-92)

Alvarez vs. Golovkin 3 scorecard

Scored by Brian Campbell.

Alvarez (C) 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 10 9 118
Golovkin 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 10 9 10 110

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