Gennady Golovkin’s world middleweight title fight with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez ended in a controversial draw.
After a closely fought bout in Las Vegas, one judge scored it 118-110 for Alvarez, another 115-113 for Golovkin and the third a 114-114 draw.
There were boos when the decision was announced at the T-Mobile Arena, and both boxers shook their heads.
Kazakh Golovkin, 35, retains his WBA, WBC and IBF titles and remains unbeaten in 38 fights.
His Mexican opponent, 27, started and finished an absorbing fight the stronger, and also produced some of the more eye-catching shots.
Golovkin, though, landed more punches and had the better of the middle rounds.
Judge Adalaide Byrd had Alvarez as a clear winner, Dave Moretti scored the bout for Golovkin and Dan Trella had the fighters level.
Alvarez’s record now stands at 49 wins (34 KO), two draws and one defeat from 52 fights.
In the build-up to the fight, Golovkin had described it as the “biggest of this era” – and both men later said they were open to a rematch.
‘These scorecards were ridiculous’
Former heavyweight world champion Lennox Lewis tweeted: “I have GGG as clear winner. Loved that Canelo swung to the very end! Both are winners tonight.”
Former two-weight world champion Paulie Malignaggi said: “Canelo was never in it once it passed about round four or so.”
Ade Adedoyin, BBC World Service reporter in Las Vegas
Most ringside observers I have spoken to – broadcasters, writers, even some Mexican fans – believe Golovkin won. He was the aggressor throughout.
Alvarez did have some moments but he didn’t do enough – that’s the general feeling.
I think the fact he was boxing in front of a pro-Mexican crowd on Mexico’s Independence Day weekend and he was booed and heckled when he spoke in the ring afterwards speaks volumes.
It was a good contest. The fighters did their bit. It’s a shame boxing gave itself a bit of a black eye and the officiating left a bit of a sour taste.