Gennady Golovkin says 'friendship has won' after defeat against Canelo

‘Friendship has won’: Gennady Golovkin hints that his long-running rivalry with Canelo Alvarez is over in an emotional Instagram post… after losing their trilogy bout on points in Las Vegas

  • Gennady Golovkin faced Canelo Alvarez for the third time on Saturday night
  • Canelo won on points, meaning he has two victories from their three fights 
  • Golovkin’s rivalry with Canelo has become personal over the last five years 
  • However, Canelo called Golovkin his ‘friend’ after their third fight in Las Vegas
  • Golovkin said ‘friendship has won’ on Instagram to seemingly end their rivalry

Gennady Golovkin has claimed that he and Canelo Alvarez can return to being friends following their trilogy bout in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Golovkin was looking to beat his rival for the first time after only earning a draw in their first meeting, before losing a majority decision in their rematch.

However, he was convincingly beaten by Canelo this time around, with all three judges handing the Mexican superstar a unanimous decision win. The two fighters embraced after the final bell, and Golovkin has now taken to Instagram to bury the hatchet with Canelo.

Canelo Alvarz beat Gennady Golovkin on points in their trilogy fight on Saturday

The two fighters hugged each other after the final bell as they put their rivalry behind them

Golovkin has now posted a picture of him with Canelo showing respect to one another

‘Friendship has won,’ he wrote, alongside a picture of the pair hugging each other and showing mutual respect.

Canelo appears to be on the same page as he also paid tribute to Golovkin when speaking in the ring after he had claimed victory.

‘Thank you so much my friend. Thank you for everything,’ he said as he addressed Golovkin.

‘We gave the fans three good fights and thank you for everything.’

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Golovkin and Canelo’s relationship has been an intriguing one to follow over the years as the duo were sparring partners over a decade ago when the former was becoming the dominant force in the middleweight division, while Canelo was beginning to make a name for himself.

Golovkin and Canelo sparred with each other back in 20111 and appeared to be friends

At that point they were happy to pose for photos, and appeared to get on well with one another, but their friendship soured as it became clearer that they were going to face each other in the ring.

Their first fight ended in a controversial draw, with many observers feeling that Golovkin should have been given the nod. 

A rematch was quickly scheduled, but was then delayed after Canelo tested positive for the banned substance Clenbuterol. 

The Mexican blamed it on contaminated meat, but Golovkin did not buy this excuse as their rivalry began to turn personal. 

Golovkin and Canelo’s rivalry became personal before their rematch in 2018, but they now agree that they can return to being friends

Once again, their second fight ended with a debatable decision by the judges, with both boxers arguing about who deserved to have their hand raised.

Fans were made to wait four years for the final part of their trilogy, with Golovkin and Canelo seemingly taking digs at each other whenever possible.

However, they finally settled matters once and for all on Saturday, and it appears that both men are now willing to leave the past behind them. 




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