WBA/WBC Middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) was successful in his attempts to capture a title in his third weight class, annihilating Liverpool’s Rocky Fielding (27-1, 15 KOs) in three rounds at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday night.
Canelo used shots to the body to get the job done, effectively finding a target area under the ribs of the champion to drop him in the very first round and things didn’t get any better for Fielding afterwards either.
Another left hook found its way to the body of Fielding in the second as he found himself again on one knee with the look already of a beaten man.
Canelo continued his dominance, not allowing Rocky any respite from the punishment, twice more finding himself on the canvas in the third as the referee rightfully waved off the one-sided beatdown.
“I want to thank everyone. I am happy for this victory here at Madison Square Garden and just happy to win this title,” Canelo said at the post-fight press conference. “It was a great experience for fighting here. I hope this is the first of many fights. It’s an honor fighting here.”
“That was the plan to work the body. He committed the mistake of trading with me,” Canelo said. “We knew that we can attack the body. Every punch I landed to the body, I felt that it affected him,” Canelo said.
Talk soon turned to ‘What’s Next?” for boxing biggest attraction with Canelo saying “Right now we will enjoy the victory and see what happens after. I feel good at 160 and 168 pounds. I still feel good,”
Goldenboy Promotion head honcho Oscar De La Hoya gave more details saying “We have set aside the T-Mobile Arena for May 4th. We have plenty of options at 160 and 168,” De La Hoya said. “We are gonna go after the top guys. I mean who fights Golovkin back to back? Fighting at 168 has opened a lot of opportunities. The pool has gotten bigger. Canelo has a target on his back. Everyone wants to challenge him. We have to take a look at all the 160 and 168 pound fighters.”
When asked about potentially fighting at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City.
“It would be an honor to be fighting in Mexico and I would look forward to that,” Alvarez said.
“Canelo wants to make history. We are also looking to have him fight at Azteca Stadium,” Oscar said.
“Thank You and Happy Holidays,” Canelo and Oscar concluded.