Golovkin: I fought better than Canelo
Gennady Golovkin felt he was the better fighter after being stripped of his middleweight belts by Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez on points in Las Vegas.
Kazakh star Golovkin left T-Mobile Arena emptyhanded following his majority decision against Canelo in an absorbing and high-quality 12-round rematch on Saturday.
Golovkin lost his WBA (Super), WBC and IBO titles after judges awarded the blockbuster showdown in favour of Canelo 115-113, 115-113, 114-114.
The 36-year-old Golovkin (38-1-1) stormed out of the ring following the decision, having tasted defeat for the first time in his professional career.
When Golovkin eventually spoke, he said via ESPN: "I'm not going to say who won tonight, because the victory belongs to Canelo, according to the judges.
"I thought it was a very good fight for the fans and very exciting. I thought I fought better than he did."
Golovkin and Canelo were involved in a controversial draw a year ago and were slated to go toe-to-toe in May, but the clash was postponed after the Mexican tested positive for clenbuterol and served a six-month ban.
Fans were forced to wait but it was worth it as Golovkin and Canelo traded blows in a thrilling contest in Nevada, where Los Angeles Lakers and NBA superstar LeBron James was among the celebrities ringside.
Canelo has already flagged the possibility of a third fight and Golovkin's trainer Abel Sanchez added: "I can't complain. That's what we have the judges for.
"We had a great fight, the one we expected the first time around. I had it close going into the 12th round. We had good judges who saw it from different angles.
"I can't complain about the decision, but it's close enough to warrant a third fight. Canelo fought a great fight. Congratulations."