By Mark Elezaj
Canelo Alvarez (51-1-2), the middleweight champion of the world, made his Madison Square Garden debut last night in front of a sold out crowd with his third-round TKO against Rocky Fielding (27-2) making him the WBA super middleweight champion.
From the opening bell, Alvarez was the aggressor, attacking the body while dropping the much taller fighter three times with crisp combinations and strong hooks to the body. Referee Ricky Gonzalez stopped it after the fourth knockdown at 2:38 of the third round.
“He placed his shots well,” Fielding said. “He caught me. I stood there too long. … I should’ve kept it long, I just stood there and he caught me. I gave it everything and the better man won.”
The victory made Canelo a three-division world champion. Now that he owns a super middleweight title, his promoter Oscar De La Hoya said during the post-fight press conference that he might remain at 168 pounds for his next fight.
“He showed that he can hang in there with the big boys at 168 pounds,” said Oscar De La Hoya.
This was the first fight in an 11-match, $365 million deal that Canelo inked with the DAZN streaming app.
Alvarez will return to the ring May 4 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. De La Hoya stated that they will decide on who his next opponent will be at some point early next year.
~The Fighting Voice~