MMA world reacts to Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin 2

Canelo v GGG II The big-fight debate

Amir Khan has led the praise for Canelo Alvarez following his victory over Gennady Golovkin in Las Vegas.

Both fighters made the division limit of this world middleweight clash - 159.6lbs, with Alvarez tipping the scales at 159.4lbs with Golovkin two pounds heavier.

Canelo Alvarez celebrates after defeating Gennady Golovkin (not pictured) in the middleweight world championship boxing match at T-Mobile Arena. A draw like many boxing writers had it.

Golovkin beat Vanes Martirosyan as a replacement opponent on May 5 at T-Mobile Arena.

Judge Glenn Feldman scored the fight 114-114, and judges Steve Weisfeld and Dave Moretti had it 115-113 for Canelo. Scores of 115-113 either way or a draw were easy conclusions to reach, meaning any talk of controversy is unwarranted.

Billed "Canelo v GGG II", the fight came almost a year to the day after a split-decision draw left Golovkin stunned.

Alvarez entered the post-fight news conference a little while later than Golovkin after receiving stitches above the right eye, and kicked it off by congratulating his team, "I've said it time and time again, but I want to give a big thanks to my team".

The weigh-in on Friday was rather heated, with Alvarez attempting to headbutt Golovkin before the pair were restrained by their respective trainers.

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'Some very close rounds that could have gone either way. "They saw the fight in Canelo's favor tonight".

"I showed my victory with facts", the native of Guadalajara through an interpreter.

The win wiped away months of simmering acrimony which stemmed from Alvarez's failed drugs test in February, forcing the cancellation of a rematch scheduled in May.

But they embraced at the end of Saturday's fight as the crowed waited in anticipation of the judges' verdict.

"I'm very excited, very emotional".

Golovkin was credited with landing 234 of 879 punches while Alvarez (50-1-2) landed 203 of 622.

Alvarez, a man steeped in the art of fighting with six brothers who also hold professional boxing records, was game in walking forward repeatedly, a contrast to his a largely back-foot performance last time.

"We knew the best way to beat him was to make him go backwards", Alvarez said. "Great fight with two great champions!"

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