The controversy that muddied the original competition between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin was fortunately absent in Saturday night's rematch, but there was very little to separate them.
The fight last September in Las Vegas ended as a split draw, with one of the judges, Adalaide Byrd, widely ridiculed for scoring 118-110 in favor of Alvarez when many observers gave the competition narrowly to Golovkin.
This time, the verdicts of the judges only served to illustrate how little there was between the fighters.
The official scorecard of the fight Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin illustrated how close the rematch was, with two narrow decisions for the Mexican level and the other scorecard level
Álvarez celebrates his victory over Golovkin in his Las Vegas rematch on Saturday night
The new champion embraced the former medium king after another epic of 12 rounds
Golovkin took some punishment punches, but he managed to walk through all that Álvarez had to offer
|Total: 113||Total: 116|
Judges Dave Moretti and Steve Weisfeld scored 115-113 in favor of Alvarez, while Glenn Feidman had the competition level at 114-114.
But Sportsmail & # 39; s Boxing correspondent Jeff Powell, at ringside, scored the game 116-113 in favor of Golovkin, underlining the margins in the fight.
Powell wrote: "I did win 116-113, but some of the rounds were close and the prize only went to Álvarez by scoring in the last round.
"Two of the judges gave the 12th to Canelo and that score prevented another tie, although this time less controversial.
"So we ended up with two official cards of 115-113 with the third equal.
"Very well, maybe, given the proximity of some rounds, but Golovkin's immediate anguish was understandable."
With so little between them, Golovkin was understandably disappointed afterwards, but he was magnanimous in his defeat, saying: "I think I did enough to win, but I do not complain.
"Canelo fought a great fight and that's why we have the judges and the new judges were good judges."
Those who look around the world also found it difficult to separate the two.
Amir Khan wrote on Twitter: & # 39; What a fight. I gave the fight to Canelo. It was finger-to-foot action, very exciting. Canelo surprised everyone with the pressure game plan. Well done both for Canelo and for GGG. Boxing needed this.
Carl Frampton judged him differently, with his 116-113 card in favor of Golovkin. He wrote on Twitter: "In retrospect, many of the rounds were close." I skirted GGG, but can we please applaud the smaller man on Canelo's chin?
Caleb Truax tweeted: "Canelo never took a step back in the whole fight, he hit the cleanest power punches, and he worked the body every 12 rds." Deserving winner Great fight GGG is a warrior. [sic]
Former heavyweight world champion George Foreman said: "Canelo Brave like a Bull! Congratulations! Done a punch Box, I did not expect this, I need one more among these great fighters.
Manny Pacquiao greeted Golovkin, tweeting: & # 39; GGG is a warrior & # 39;
He added: "Better fight than the first time", "The best against the best". What a fight! & # 39; and "Nothing like two iconic fighters going hand in hand for twelve rounds."
Olympic gold medalist Audley Harrison wrote: "I can not see that result, Canelo did a great job, but he did not do enough to win, in my opinion." Great fight, but GGG may feel that the decision should have gone his way. There is not a third fight for at least a year guys (long break) & # 39;
LA Lakers basketball star LeBron James tweeted: "One of the best fights I've ever seen! Top contenders in Canelo and Triple-G !! I greet you both, you could see them fight every day.