Alvarez wins narrow decision for middleweight title

Canelo Alvarez celebrates after defeating Gennady Golovkin by majority decision in a middleweight title boxing match, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Las

Canelo Alvarez celebrates after defeating Gennady Golovkin by majority decision in a middleweight title boxing match, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Las

Canelo Alvarez lands a punch against Gennady Golovkin in the 12th round during a middleweight title boxing match, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Las Veg

Canelo Alvarez lands a punch against Gennady Golovkin in the 12th round during a middleweight title boxing match, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Las Veg

Canelo Alvarez takes a punch from Gennady Golovkin in the 10th round during a middleweight title boxing match, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Las Vegas.

Canelo Alvarez takes a punch from Gennady Golovkin in the 10th round during a middleweight title boxing match, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Las Vegas.

Canelo Alvarez, left, and Gennady Golovkin trade punches in the fourth round during a middleweight title boxing match, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in La

Canelo Alvarez, left, and Gennady Golovkin trade punches in the fourth round during a middleweight title boxing match, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in La

Canelo Alvarez reacts after a middleweight title boxing match against Gennady Golovkin, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekke

Canelo Alvarez reacts after a middleweight title boxing match against Gennady Golovkin, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekke

Canelo Alvarez, right, and Gennady Golovkin trade punches in the ninth round during a middleweight title boxing match, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in La

Canelo Alvarez, right, and Gennady Golovkin trade punches in the ninth round during a middleweight title boxing match, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in La

Canelo Alvarez, right, lands a punch against Gennady Golovkin in the eighth round during a middleweight title boxing match, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018,

Canelo Alvarez, right, lands a punch against Gennady Golovkin in the eighth round during a middleweight title boxing match, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018,

Canelo Alvarez, left, and Gennady Golovkin trade punches in the sixth round during a middleweight title boxing match, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Las

Canelo Alvarez, left, and Gennady Golovkin trade punches in the sixth round during a middleweight title boxing match, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Las

Canelo Alvarez, left, and Gennady Golovkin trade punches in the seventh round during a middleweight title boxing match, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in L

Canelo Alvarez, left, and Gennady Golovkin trade punches in the seventh round during a middleweight title boxing match, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in L

Gennady Golovkin, left, and Canelo Alvarez trade punches in the fifth round during a middleweight title boxing match, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Las

Gennady Golovkin, left, and Canelo Alvarez trade punches in the fifth round during a middleweight title boxing match, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Las

Canelo Alvarez, right, and Gennady Golovkin trade punches in the fourth round during a middleweight title boxing match, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in L

Canelo Alvarez, right, and Gennady Golovkin trade punches in the fourth round during a middleweight title boxing match, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in L

Canelo Alvarez, left, and Gennady Golovkin trade punches in the third round during a middleweight title boxing match, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Las

Canelo Alvarez, left, and Gennady Golovkin trade punches in the third round during a middleweight title boxing match, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Las

Canelo Alvarez, left, and Gennady Golovkin trade punches in the third round during a middleweight title boxing match, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Las

Canelo Alvarez, left, and Gennady Golovkin trade punches in the third round during a middleweight title boxing match, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Las

Canelo Alvarez dodges a jab from Gennady Golovkin during the second round of a middleweight title boxing match, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Las Vegas

Canelo Alvarez dodges a jab from Gennady Golovkin during the second round of a middleweight title boxing match, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Las Vegas

Gennady Golovkin, left, and Canelo Alvarez trade punches in the second round during a middleweight title boxing match, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in La

Gennady Golovkin, left, and Canelo Alvarez trade punches in the second round during a middleweight title boxing match, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in La

Gennady Golovkin, left, and Canelo Alvarez trade punches in the second round during a middleweight title boxing match, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in La

Gennady Golovkin, left, and Canelo Alvarez trade punches in the second round during a middleweight title boxing match, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in La

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Canelo Alvarez won the middleweight title by the narrowest of margins Saturday night, taking a majority decision over Gennady Golovkin to hand the longtime champion his first loss as a pro.

A year after the two fought to a draw, the second fight was almost as close. There were no knockdowns, but the action was spirited throughout as the two battled to the final bell before a frenzied crowd at the T-Mobile Arena.

Two judges favored Alvarez 115-113, while a third had it 114-114. The AP scored it 114-114.

The two fighters switched roles, with Triple G trying to counter Alvarez and the Mexican fighter coming forward much of the fight. Both landed well to the head and Golovkin controlled some rounds with his jab though neither were ever in any trouble of going down.

"He's a great fighter but I'm a great fighter and I showed it tonight," Alvarez said.

The fight was a rematch of a draw last September that left neither fighter satisfied.