T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas - In their anticipated trilogy fight, Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez (58-2-2, 39 KOs) was too young and too good, as he dominated Gennadiy Golovkin (42-2-1, 37 KOs) for the majority of the fight for a twelve round unanimous decision to retain the undisputed super middleweight crown.

The scores were 116-112, 115-113 and 115-113.

Their first bout, in 2017, ended in a controversial twelve round split draw. The 2018 rematch saw Canelo win a very close twelve round majority decision. Both bouts took place in the middleweight division.

Canelo bounced back after suffering his first career defeat since 2013. 

Back in May, he was outboxed over twelve rounds by WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol.

After winning the trilogy fight, Canelo ended his rivalry with Golovkin by thanking him for the 36 rounds they shared in the ring.

“Thank you so much my friend, thank you Golovkin, thank you for everything,” Canelo said. “We gave the fans three good fights. Thank you for everything. Thank you so much for your support. I’ve gone through very difficult things in my life. Only thing you can do is continue to move forward. I’ve gone through difficult times with my defeat. But defeats can show how you can be great, how you can come back and show humility.”

Golovkin did very little in the first eight rounds of the fight, but he upped his level of activity in the last four rounds.

The Mexican star was not by Golovkin's attempt to rally in the late rounds.

“It didn’t surprise me,” Canelo said. “I know him ... He’s a strong fighter. For me I’m just glad to share the ring with him. He’s a really good fighter. I’m glad to be involved in that kind of fight.”