The Mexican boxer Saúl «Canelo» Álvarez became the new world champion of super middleweight, version World Association of Boxing (WBA) by defeating by knockout, in the third round, the until now monarch, the Englishman Rocky Fielding.
Álvarez’s triumph, achieved at Madison Square Garden in New York, leaves the Mexican champion with the third world title in three different weight classes and becomes the tenth in his country to do so.
But Álvarez’s victory, which he achieved in his debut in the legendary New York venue, with a full crowd, will not go down in history because of what he left in the boxing section, given the lack of class of the English fighter, who also did not have nor physical preparation.
Faced with a rival with nothing to contribute, Álvarez limited himself to taking advantage of the power of his blows and ended his great year 2018 with his name placed next to that of the legendary Julio César Chávez, Érik Morales, Juan Manuel Márquez, Marco Antonio Barrera, Jorge Arce, Fernando Montiel, Leo Santa Cruz, Ábner Mares and Humberto Soto.
However, the questions about his professional career were further increased after seeing how little Fielding contributed to the ring installed at Madison Square Garden.
The new world champion sent Fielding to the canvas in the first round with a left to the liver, attacking the body from the opening bell even when the English boxer surpassed Álvarez in height and reach, who immediately understood that everything was going to be easier than a serious workout.
The story of the second round was no different, with Alvarez focused on his attack to the body and again a left down left Fielding gasping for air as he went back to the canvas.
What was seen on the ring was a display of power by Álvarez against an opponent who did not offer any resistance, while the 20,112 spectators who filled the stands of Madison Square Garden enjoyed and unconditionally supported the Mexican champion.
Hence, when the third round arrived, Álvarez decided that the time had come to end the fight to have more time to celebrate in the New York night and placed a right, again to the body of the English fighter, and that was the end of the drill. fighting because former champion went back to the canvas.
The outcome of the fight via the knockout allowed Álvarez to have the first since September 2016, when he also beat another English fighter, Liam Smith, on the fast track in a fight held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington (Texas).
After the win, the 28-year-old Álvarez set his record at 51-1-2 with 35 knockouts.
With nothing to note about Fielding throughout the fight, his presence at Madison Square Garden will be remembered for the claim he made about the bandaging of Álvarez’s hands, which forced the New York Athletic Commission to supervise him again. .
The English boxer’s group protested again, but the Commission approved it.
Now the 31-year-old Fielding, who suffered the second loss in his professional career, is 27-2, including 15 wins that he achieved via knockout.
Despite the triumph, Álvarez is expected to return to middleweight where he holds the World Council of Champions titles. Boxing (WBC) and the WBA, which he hopes to defend next May when his team has chosen him as a rival.
The new Mexican champion made his first fight of the millionaire contract signed with the Internet service DAZN, which will pay him a guaranteed $ 365 million for the next 11 fights that he will play, including tonight.
The signing of the lucrative contract, which shut out the big pay television networks, materialized after Álvarez defeated Kazakh Gennady Golovkin by split decision with two of four middleweight titles at stake.