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Canelo Outclasses Fielding, Whose Performance Was Rocky at Best
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Video Credit: Eliezer Garcia, Real Combat Media- Ringside
New York, NY (December 16th, 2018)– Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, pound for pound of the world’s best boxers, and the pride of Mexico, added the World Boxing Association World Super Middleweight title to his World Middleweight title. In the main event of an eight bout card at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Alvarez, 51-1-2 with 35 knockouts, Guadalajara, Mexico, scored a third round stoppage of brave but outmatched champion Rocky Fielding, 27-2 with 15 knockouts, Warrington, United Kingdom.
Canelo knocked down Fielding with body shots and head shots in round one, round two, and twice in round three. Fielding was game, threw punches and counter punches going toe to toe with Canelo, and didn’t run. Canelo’s power was impressive and devastating. It was a patient effort by Canelo, and not a hurried one. Canelo basically used singly placed power shot to the rib cage and the head. When Canelo’s power shots landed pinpoint on the target, Fielding simply took a knee. Referee Ricky Gonzalez finally ended the slaughter when Fielding took a knee after a right side body shot for his fourth voluntary trip to the canvas. After tasting Canelo’s power for the fourth time, a pained Fielding had taken took much punishment. The crowd did not get to see too much of Canelo, but the undercard show, featuring super featherweight Tevin Farmer, was a bit better than the main event.
Result: Saul Canelo Alvarez TKO 3 Rocky Fielding, Super Middleweights (2:38)
Alvarez wins World Boxing Association World Super Middleweight Title
Referee: Ricky Gonzalez. Fielding down, in first round, second round, twice in third round.
Madison Square Garden Undercard Bouts
Tevin Farmer Win 12 Francisco Fonseca, Super Featherweights
Farmer Retains International Boxing Federation World Super Featherweight title
Philadelphia’s Farmer retains IBF world title over 22-1-1 tough Fonseca of Costa Rica.
Katie Taylor Win 10 Eva Wahlstrom, Female Lightweights (Two Minute Rounds)
Taylor retains IBF and WBA World Female Lightweight titles
12-0 Irish female fighter Taylor defeats 22-0-1 Finland challenger Wahlstrom.
Sadam Ali Win 10 Mauricio Herrera, Welterweights
Ex-Junior Middleweight champ Ali in a war with California’s ‘El Maestro’ Herrera.
Lamont Roach Win 10 Alberto Mercado, Super Featherweights
Roach wins vacant WBO International Super Featherweight title.
18-0-1 Maryland prospect Roach got taken the distance with Puerto Rico’s Mercado.
Ryan Garcia KO 5 Braulio Rodriguez, Lightweights
18-0 Los Angeles prospect Garcia, age 20, knocked out Santo Domingo’s Rodriguez in five.
Yves Ulysse Jr. Win 8 Maximilliano Becerra, Super Lightweights
17-1 Canadian super lightweight prospect Ulysse decisions California’s Becerra.
Bilal Akkawy TKO 7 Victor Fonseca, Super middleweights
19-0-1 Australian super middleweight Akkawy stops 17-8-1 Mexican journeyman Fonseca.