Canelo Stops Fielding in 3
It was predictability in the Garden as Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez stopped Rocky Fielding in 3 rounds to win the WBA ‘regular’ super middleweight title in New York.
The title might be a case of for what its worth, but Alvarez simply walked his man down in a fight that always had the look of way too much for the brave Fielding. Alvarez dropped Fielding in every round, left hooks to the body did the damage in the opening two rounds and two more knockdowns in the 3rd prompted the referee to wave the one-sided fight over at the 2:38 mark.
Fielding ultimately had to pay a heavy price for staying in the pocket and wanting to trade with the far superior Mexican sensation. But whatever tactics Fielding would have used wouldn’t have made any difference, titles can’t hide levels.
The British fighter did what he could but it never was going to be enough, Fielding had his moment in the sun and nobody can take that away from him.
Alvarez still only 28, has plenty of options, a 3rd fight with Gennady Golovkin, Daniel Jacobs or staying at super middleweight, a fight with Callum Smith would be far less one-sided. Alvarez was fortunate to come away without at least defeat from his fights with Golovkin, even more fortunate to not be serving a longer ban for the failed drug test, but the quality of the fighter can’t be denied.
Fans of the sport will decide the validity of his newly won belt, and his claim of now being a three-weight world champion, many I suspect will simply not care. Hopefully, his 11-fight deal with DAZN will not see many WWE style squash matches, the sport is on the rise but it needs to stay credible. Fielding was there for a reason, hand-picked you suspect and he no doubt served his purpose, but going forward I hope we see far more competitive matches for Alvarez.
Credit: Ed Mulholland / Matchroom USA