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CANELO ALVAREZ DEFEATS GENNADY GOLOVKIN BY MAJORITY DECISION

*LAS VEGAS (Sept. 15, 2018) *In what will surely go down as one of the
closest and most hard-fought middleweight title fights in boxing
history,* Lineal
Middleweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez* (50-1-2, 34 KOs) went
toe-to-toe in 12 rounds of non-stop action to defeat the reigning WBC, WBA
and IBO Middleweight World champion Gennady* “GGG” Golovkin* (38-1-1, 34
KOs) by majority decision in their middleweight championship rematch at
T-Mobile Arena.

“I showed my victory with facts,” said the newly crowned WBC, WBA,
*Ring* Magazine
and Lineal Middleweight World Champion *Canelo Alvarez*. “He was the one
who was backing up. I feel satisfied because I gave a great fight. It was a
clear victory.”

*”I’m not going to say who won tonight, because the victory belongs to
Canelo according to the judges,” said Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. “I thought it
was a very good fight for the fans and very exciting. I thought I fought
better than he did.” *
In the evening’s co-main event,* Jaime Munguia *(31-0, 26KOs) of Tijuana,
Mexico defended his WBO Junior Middleweight Title with a dominant
third-round technical knockout victory against Brandon Cook (20-2, 12KOs)
of Ontario, Canada in tonight’s co-main event, which was scheduled for 12
rounds. The fight was stopped at 1:03 of the third round.

“This was part of my development,” said *Jaime Munguia.* “I was not as
focused in my last fight. But this time I came more relaxed. I was looking
for the knockout too much. But now you’ve seen the results of my work. With
each fight you will see me getting better. I just want to show that I can
get better and that I want to face the best, so I can show that I am the
best.”

“He kept hitting me in the hip and gave me a lot of low blows,” said *Brandon
Cook*. This surprised me because the referee is experienced and didn’t give
Munguia a warning. He’s tough, and it is what it is, and I hope to come
back soon. I appreciate the support my Canadian fans have given me.”

*David Lemieux* (40-4, 34KOs) of Montreal, Canada defeated *Gary
O’Sullivan* (28-3,
22KOs) of Cork, Ireland via knockout in the first round of a middleweight
bout scheduled for 12 rounds. Lemieux earned a chance at the WBA
Middleweight Title by stopping O’Sullivan at 2:44 seconds of the
aforementioned round.

“I was very happy to win. I’m a happy middleweight,” said D*avid Lemieux*.
“I felt great, and I’m in superb shape. I always give you guys a great
knockout and a great fight. I’m looking forward to doing it again. Don’t
mess with me – when O’Sullivan talked, I kept it in me. I bring it to the
ring, I don’t disrespect my opponents. I don’t trash talk. Canelo and
Golovkin are two excellent fighters. I’m looking forward to fighting them
both.”

“Unfortunately, this is boxing,” said *Gary O’Sullivan*. “I got caught, and
it just so happens it was against a 179-pound light heavyweight who caught
me. That was a big weight discrepancy at fight time.”

*Vergil Ortiz Jr.* (11-0, 11KOs) of Dallas, Texas defeated *Roberto
Ortiz* (35-3-2,
26KOs) of Torreon, Mexico via technical knockout in the second round of a
super lightweight fight originally slated for eight rounds.

“This win is bittersweet because I won against a great name and record,”
said *Vergil Ortiz.*”But Massa [Roberto Ortiz) was my first sparring
partner when I first turned pro, and now he’s a win in the next step of my
career. During my first sparring session, he gave me a swollen lip, and
today I knocked him out which is a great benchmark as I’m showing how I’m
progressing as a fighter. I’m excited for the future.”

*Alexis Rocha* (12-0, 8 KOs) of Santa Ana, California was victorious
against *Carlos Ortiz*(10-3, 10 KOs) of Torreon, Mexico in an eight-round
super welterweight fight. Rocha won with scores of 80-72, 80-72 ,79-73.

“I am satisfied with my performance, but I feel I could’ve done a lot more
to secure the win,” said Alexis Rocha. “I wish I would’ve thrown more
punches and more combinations. He was really good at catching the shots and
countering them. I wish I would’ve had a lot more movement. We stuck to the
plan, which was to break the body down, and I felt I was able to do that.”

*Jaba Khositashvili* (4-0, 2KOs) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania beat
Lawrence King (4-1, 3KOs) of San Bernardino, California via unanimous
decision in a six-round light heavyweight fight. Kohsitashvili won with all
scores of 58-56.

“Even though I won tonight, I’m very disappointed because I wasn’t allowed
the opportunity to demonstrate my fighting,” said *Jaba Khositashvili.* “My
opponent kept holding me and wouldn’t let me fight him. All I want to do is
fight. I have over 20 years of experience fighting and half of that has
been spent in the amateurs.”

*Brian Ceballo* (5-0, 3KOs) of New York, New York won via TKO against *David
Thomas*(6-3-2, 2KOs) of Orange, Texas in the second round of a welterweight
fight originally scheduled for six rounds.

“I figured out beforehand that he always fights the exact same way,”
said *Brian
Ceballo.*”So, I knew to keep my distance and keep a fast pace. I saw he
couldn’t counter, so I kept the pressure and now I’m 5-0. I’m 24 years old,
and now I’m ready for a tougher opponent.”

*Canelo vs. GGG 2* was a 12-round fight for the middleweight championship
of the world presented by Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions.
*Munguia vs.
Cook* was a 12-round battle for the WBO Junior Middleweight World Title
presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Zanfer Promotions. *Lemieux vs.
O’Sullivan* was a 12-round a WBA World Title Eliminator presented by Golden
Boy Promotions and Eye of The Tiger Management in association with Murphy’s
Boxing. *Gonzalez vs. Fuentes* was a 10-round super flyweight
fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions in association
with Teiken Promotions and Zanfer Promotions. The event was sponsored
by Tecate,*”THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,”* Hennessy,
*”Never Stop, Never Settle,”* O’Reilly Auto Parts, Fred Loya Insurance,
Interjet, Venom, and Fathom Events. The event took place Saturday, Sept. 15
at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and was produced and distributed live by HBO
Pay-Per-View.

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