Canelo Alvarez Is Boxing’s Present and Future After Gritty Gennady Golovkin Win

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 15:  Canelo Alvarez (L) throws a left at Gennady Golovkin in the 12th round of their WBC/WBA middleweight title fight at T-Mobile Arena on September 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Alvarez won by majority decision.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez had a lot of frustrations to get out Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Since his last fight—a controversial split draw with longtime middleweight kingpin Gennady “GGG” Golovkin—a storybook saga had morphed into a nightmare. 

First, there were the failed drug tests and a reputation left shattered. Then there were the intimations of cowardice, that he wasn’t “Mexican” enough in style or substance, that he was destined to be remembered more for the bouts he lost than the many he’s won.

For an entire year there was little Canelo could do but take his lumps. Never a media darling, he was even more closed than was customary, seemingly filled with a rage that desperately needed an outlet. But when the bell rang to begin the rematch with Golovkin, it was finally time to hit back.

In the first bout, Canelo ceded the middle of the ring to the

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