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Saul Alvarez open to third fight with Gennady Golovkin after outclassing Rocky Fielding in New York

Mexican delivered a third round stoppage at Madison Square Garden in New York City

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez celebrates after his win over Rocky Fielding in their WBA super middleweight title fight. AP Photo
Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez celebrates after his win over Rocky Fielding in their WBA super middleweight title fight. AP Photo

Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez brutally overpowered England's Rocky Fielding with a dominant display on his New York City debut to become a three-weight world champion on Sunday morning.

Alvarez, who is the reigning WBC and WBA middleweight world champion following his victory over Gennady Golovkin in September, had little trouble in moving up in weight class and defeating Fielding, who held a second tier version of the WBA's super-middleweight title.

Alvarez sent Fielding to the canvas in the first round with a crunching body shot and remained in complete control. He delivered a similar punch in the second which was also too much for the Englishman to take before the fight was stopped towards the end of the third following two further knock-downs.


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"I thought he would use his distance but luckily he didn't," Alvarez said after becoming the ninth Mexican fighter to be a champion in three different weight divisions. "He came to attack and I did my thing. The plan was to hit the body. That was the result."

It was, ultimately, a total mismatch. Fielding just didn't have the power to compete, and when he went down twice in the third, referee Ricky Gonzalez stopped the fight with 22 seconds left of the round.

It was a brave effort from 31-year-old Fielding, who deserves credit for accepting the task of facing the brilliant Mexican, who extended his record to 51-1-2 with 35 knockouts in his first appearance since signing a record-breaking 11-fight, $365 million (Dh1.34 billion) contract with sports streaming service DAZN.

This was also Alvarez's first bout at super-middleweight. He fought Julio Chavez junior at a 164-pound catch-weight in a non-title match-up in 2017, and his performance in front of a sold-out Madison Square Garden crowd was evidence of his ability to perform whatever the weight class.

"I felt good and strong. I want the best fights, and to make sure my name is held up high," Alvarez said.

The Mexican, competing in his second fight since completing a six-month ban for testing positive for a banned substance in March, has vowed to drop back down to middleweight next year, which could see a potential third fight with Gennady Golovkin become an exciting reality.

"I felt that [the rivalry with Golovkin] ended on September 15 and I showed that I was best," Alvarez said. "But they were two great fights that's no secret, and if the people want it, we can make it."

Updated: December 16, 2018 10:37 AM



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