Alvarez v GGG.

Boxing fans were talking about Anthony Joshua after seeing Canelo defeat Golovkin

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After an enticing encounter exactly a year ago between two giants of the middleweight division Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin, which ended in a controversial draw, all eyes were on the rematch as both fighters took centre stage on September 15.

The T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas was the venue that hosted the event the first time as well, and the only thing which altered from the previous contest this time around was the end result.

Both boxers showcased their supreme skills inside the ring, and on the back of 12 gruelling rounds of boxing, it was indeed tough to conclude who outclassed and outperformed the other.

Judges Dave Moretti and Steve Weisfeld both scored 115-113 in favour of Alvarez, while Glenn Feldman ended the clash at 114-114.

The verdict from the judges meant the Mexican managed to secure a narrow victory on the night and again embedded his name as a world champion in the division.

Golovkin, on the other hand, looked visibly displeased with the turn of the events as he stormed off without doing the post-fight media duties.

He succumbed to the first loss of his career since turning pro back in May 2006.

Opinions among fans and experts are split whether the final result was just or not, but many are hopeful of witnessing the duo in action for the third time as early as next year.

However, amidst the scenario in the middleweight, another issue has quickly gained limelight during this brief period.

Golovkin and Canelo in action last night

It concerns the likes of Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder and their potential fight at some point in the future.

AJ, who is currently the unified heavyweight champion, holding the WBA [Super], IBF, IBO and WBO titles, has time-and-again reiterated his stance of defending his crown and competing in UK, rather than taking on Wilder in USA.

Months of failed negotiations have resulted in both fighters choosing different routes in their respective careers for the moment, but it is inevitable the pair would face off soon.

Now, after the Canelo v Triple G fight, the boxing faithful has urged Joshua NOT to entertain any offers from the WBC champion Wilder and his camp to stage the grandstand event in America.

The outcome of the fight on Saturday has given further validation to Joshua’s reluctance as he remains open to take on any potential challenger, but on English soil.

Only time will tell what the future holds for all parties concerned, as AJ squares off against Alexander Povetkin next Saturday at Wembley, while the Wilder camp is busy negotiating a deal to bring the fight against Tyson Fury to fruition before the end of 2018.

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