Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez’s victory over Gennady Golovkin in Las Vegas has split opinion among boxing fans.
It seems the large majority believe the result was unfair on Golovkin, who is coming to terms with the first defeat of his 40-fight career, although others feel Canelo was the deserved winner.
Canelo, who was fighting for the first time since serving a six-month drugs ban, was handed a narrow 114-114 115-113 115-113 majority decision during a contest in which both boxers were cut.
"My corner told me I needed to win the final round and that's what I did. I'm very emotional," Alvarez, who claimed the WBC and WBA world middleweight titles, was quoted as saying after the fight by BBC Sport.
Golovkin, who immediately left the ring without conducting a post-fight interview, later told reporters: "I'm not going to say who won tonight, because the victory belongs to Canelo according to the judges. I thought I fought better than he did. We would like to have a third fight, we will negotiate that, that's what we want."
Indeed, a third fight now appears to be inevitable. Saturday night’s bout came 364 days after Golovkin defeated Canelo at the same T-Mobile Arena venue.
Many current and former boxers have given their opinion about the result - including Britain’s Amir Khan.
The Bolton-born fighter, who saw off Samuel Vargas last weekend, raised eyebrows by claiming he would have given the fight to Canelo - and that ‘boxing needing this’ fight.
Hmm. If you say so, Amir.
Boxing fans reckon Khan is only saying Canelo deserved to win because it enhances his own legacy.
Khan suffered a devastating knockout against the Mexican back in May 2016 - and didn’t fight again until almost two years later.
Is Amir Khan talking rubbish - or does he have a point? Have your say below.
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