Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin: Claressa Shields hails undisputed champion

Canelo Alvarez and Claressa Shields

Boxing star Claressa Shields praised Canelo Alvarez after he retained his undisputed super-middleweight title against Gennady Golovkin.

It was the third encounter at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas between the pair.

The first bout, which took place in 2017, ended in a controversial draw. Alvarez won the second fight, which was held in 2018.

The Mexican was again the victor as he completed the thrilling trilogy against Kazakhstan’s Golovkin, dominating over 12 rounds to receive scores of 116-112, 115-113 and 115-113 from the judges.

Despite a fraught relationship between the pair, they shared a warm embrace after the bout.

“He’s strong, he’s a great fighter,” Alvarez said. “For me, I’m just glad to share the ring with him. We give the fans three really good fights. I’m glad to be involved in that kind of fight.”

The classy move was praised by Shields, who was offering her own commentary of the fight on Twitter.

Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Álvarez
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 17: Referee Russell Mora (center) reacts as Canelo Alvarez (red trunks) and Gennadiy Golovkin (white trunks) square off following the eleventh round in the fight for the Super Middleweight Title at T-Mobile Arena on September 17, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

Claressa Shields backs Canelo Alvarez

“I love Canelo humbleness even with the bad blood between them,” she wrote. “The bad words! It takes a lot to be that way after a fight! It’s cool to see”.

Shields was clearly backing Alvarez throughout the fight, posting a video of the 32-year-old with the caption: “Congrats Canelo”.

She also disagreed with the judges’ scores, claiming the fight “was not that close”.

Who is Claressa Shields?

The 27-year-old Shields had an extremely successful career as an amateur boxer, winning two world titles and two Olympic gold medals in the middleweight division.

The only loss of her career came in an amateur fight against Savannah Marshall, who she is now set to meet at a professional level next month.

US boxer Claressa Shields
DETROIT, MICHIGAN – JULY 27: Claressa Shields participates in a workout at Downtown Boxing Gym on July 27, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)

The fight between Marshall and Shields was supposed to take place at London’s O2 Arena earlier this month, but it was postponed after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

A provisional date of October 15th has now been put forward for the blockbuster clash.

Since turning professional in November 2016, Shields has also taken part in mixed martial arts fights in the Professional Fighters League.

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