Canelo Álvarez threw a Garden get together Saturday night time. A brief and highly effective fiesta.
Alvarez landed dozens of physique punches, flattening Rocky Fielding 4 instances and stopping him within the third spherical to earn his third weight class title, taking the W.B..A brilliant middleweight belt.
Coming off his shut determination in opposition to Gennady Golovkin three months in the past to take the W.B.A. and W.B.C. middleweight titles, Alvarez might hear chants of “Canelo! Canelo!” lengthy earlier than he entered the Madison Square Garden ring for the primary time. Throughout a prolonged undercard, it was clear who the sellout crowd of 20,112 got here to see and cheer.
He delivered with energy and precision, touchdown 73 punches, 35 to the physique.
“That was the plan in the gym, to hit the body and then move up, and that’s the result,” Alvarez mentioned via an interpreter. “You see the result here.”
Only eight different Mexican fighters have held three division titles. And Alvarez, 28, says he’s headed again to the 160-pound class he guidelines, with presumably a 3rd go along with Golovkin in 2019. The subsequent struggle, opponent unknown, is about for Las Vegas in early May.
“Canelo will fight whoever is the best, no doubt about it,” mentioned his promoter, Oscar De La Hoya.
If this was a one-off at 168 kilos, it was fairly a present in his debut at Madison Square Garden.
“My goal is to make good fights for the people, for the public, and to make sure the name of Canelo Álvarez and of Mexico is held up high,” Alvarez mentioned.
Fielding, 31, received the W.B.A. crown in July when he knocked out Tyron Zeuge in Germany within the fifth spherical. But the Englishman had by no means confronted anybody shut to Canelo’s class, and it confirmed.
“I never shied away from the challenge,” Fielding mentioned. “I lived the dream, I’ll come again.
“He is powerful and all that. It was the physique pictures, the wind he took away. He positioned the pictures properly and he caught me. I stood too lengthy to attempt to combine it with him after I shouldn’t have.
“The higher man received tonight.”
The struggle ended with 22 seconds remaining within the third after two knockdowns within the spherical.
Fielding got here to struggle, however was outmanned from the outset. He couldn’t block the bevy of physique punches launched by Alvarez, who floored Fielding with a left within the first spherical.
Alvarez did it once more with a proper to the top and a left to the physique late within the second spherical, and that introduced down Fielding’s palms sufficient to expose the top.
So Alvarez used an enormous proper lead to knock down Fielding within the third spherical, and shortly after completed it with a collection of blows.
It actually was no contest.
“What I always want to do is to make the best fight whether they’re for world titles or not,” Alvarez mentioned, then turned his consideration to the Garden scene.
“I’m happy and I’m grateful to be here. I hope this is the first of many.”
The struggle card was streamed on DAZN, a service that paid Alvarez $365 million for 11 fights. This was fairly a promoting level for the Mexican.
On the undercard, Tevin Farmer began quick, then coasted to a unanimous determination over Francisco Fonseca to maintain onto his IBF tremendous featherweight belt.
Farmer misplaced to Kenichi Ogawa for the IBF title final yr, however Ogawa then failed a drug take a look at and the bout was declared a no contest. He outpointed Billy Dib in August for the belt, then defended by stopping James Tennyson in October.
He received 117-111 on all three judges’ playing cards.
“Nowadays, I really have a lot of anger built up, good anger though,” he mentioned, “and I just want to hurt everybody when I’m in the ring. I don’t have no sympathy.”
Farmer is 28-Four-1, whereas Fonseca is 22-2-1. Costa Rican Fonseca’s different loss got here in his solely earlier title struggle, to Gervonta Davis for a similar crown in 2017.
Katie Taylor of Ireland received a lopsided 10-round determination over Finland’s Eva Wahlstrom to hold her IBF and WBA light-weight championships. She is now 12-Zero, whereas Wahlstrom misplaced for the primary time in 24 fights.
Super featherweight Lamont Roach Jr. simply outpointed Alberto Mercado, operating his file to 18-Zero-1. Roach managed the struggle from the outset and took it straightforward late, which almost value him when Mercado (15-2-1) nailed him with a number of onerous pictures within the remaining spherical.
Rising light-weight Ryan Garcia had no hassle operating his file to 17-Zero with 15 knockouts by stopping Braulio Rodriguez within the fifth spherical. Rodriguez’s repertoire included extra clowning and low blows than preventing, and Garcia ended it with a pointy proper, adopted by a collection of head pictures.