Canelo Stops Rocky Fielding in Three at MSG
Canelo Alvarez is now a three-division world champion, as he defeated Rocky Fielding at Madison Square Garden in New York to win the WBA (Regular) Super Middleweight Championship.
Alvarez, in his Madison Square Garden debut, now becomes the ninth Mexican boxer in history to win championships in three weight classes.
“I hope this is the first of many [headlining bouts in Madison Square Garden],” Alvarez said after the fight.
Fielding came out on the attack right away, but Alvarez quickly got Fielding’s back to the ropes, eventually bringing the defending champion down to a knee midway through the first. Already by that point, it was clear Alvarez was landing the bigger, more powerful punches, even against a taller opponent.
“Originally I thought [Fielding] would use his distance, but he came out to attack,” Alvarez said post-fight. “I felt good, strong. I didn’t have to dehydrate myself to make weight.”
The WBA/WBC middleweight champ continued to apply pressure and work on the body as the second got started, overwhelming Fielding and landing several uppercuts on the inside, eventually bringing Fielding down again with another body shot in the closing seconds of the round.
This strategy continued into the third, and despite Fielding’s best efforts of four-punch combos, he was brought back down with a right hand. While he got up, Canelo threw one more body shot to knock him down once more, forcing the referee to step in and wave the fight off.
Following the fight, Alvarez stated he would talk to his team after the holidays to see if he’ll go back to 160 or stay at 168, but right now he’s focused on the best fights.
“I always want to make the best fights, world title or not,” Alvarez said. “I want to make the best fights for the public.”
Alvarez is planned to fight next year on Cinco De Mayo weekend before another fight on Sept. 14. A number of possible challengers await, including IBF middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs and a potential trilogy bout with Gennady Golovkin.
“I’ll have to talk to my team [about 160 or 168]. Right now, the best fights. The best fights for me, the best fights for the people,” Alvarez said. “I felt that the rivalry with GGG ended [when I won]. But they were great fights, and if the people want it.”
Elsewhere on the card, Tevin Farmer retained the IBF Junior Lightweight Championship with a unanimous decision against Francisco Fonseca. Former junior middleweight champion Sadam Ali scored a one-sided decision win over Mauricio Herrera, while Ryan Garcia stopped Braulio Rodriguez in five rounds.
Katie Taylor retained her IBF and WBA female lightweight titles by sweeping the judges’ cards against Eva Wahlstrom.
Canelo vs. Rocky Live Results:
WBA (Regular) Super Middleweight Championship: Canelo Alvarez def. (c.) Rocky Fielding via TKO (Rd. 3, 2:38)
IBF Junior Lightweight Championship: (c.) Tevin Farmer def. Francisco Fonseca via unanimous decision (117-111, 117-111, 117-111)
Welterweight Bout: Sadam Ali def. Mauricio Herrera via unanimous decision (100-90, 99-91, 98-92)
Super Featherweight Bout: Ryan Garcia def. Braulio Rodríguez via KO (Rd. 5, 1:14)
IBF/WBA Female Lightweight Championship: (c.) Katie Taylor def. Eva Wahlstrom via unanimous decision (100-90, 100-90, 100-90)