Gennady Golovkin has claimed he and Canelo Alvarez can be friends again after their trilogy fight in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Golovkin was looking to beat his rival for the first time, having managed just a draw in their first meeting before losing a majority decision in their rematch.
This time, however, he was convincingly beaten by Canelo, with all three judges giving the Mexican superstar a unanimous decision win. The two combatants embraced after the final bell, and Golovkin has now taken to Instagram to bury the hatchet with Canelo.
“The friendship won,” he wrote alongside a picture of the couple hugging and showing mutual respect.
Canelo appears to be on the same page as he also paid tribute to Golovkin while speaking in the ring after claiming the win.
‘Thank you very much my friend. Thanks for everything,’ he said, turning to Golovkin.
“We gave the fans three good fights and thank you for everything.”
Golovkin and Canelo’s relationship has been intriguing over the years as the duo sparred over a decade ago when the former became the dominant middleweight force while Canelo was beginning to make a name for himself.
At this point, they enjoyed posing for photos and seemed to get along well, but their friendship deteriorated as it became clearer that they would face each other in the ring.
Their first fight ended in a controversial draw, with many observers feeling Golovkin should have given the nod.
A rematch was quickly planned but was then postponed after Canelo tested positive for the banned substance Clenbuterol.
The Mexican blamed contaminated meat, but Golovkin didn’t believe that excuse when their rivalry started to get personal.
Once again, their second bout ended in a contentious decision from the judges, with both boxers arguing over who deserved to raise their hands.
Fans had to wait four years for the final part of their trilogy, with Golovkin and Canelo seeming to attack each other whenever possible.
However, they finally reached an agreement on Saturday and it seems both men are now ready to put the past behind them.