Rocky Fielding vs Saul Alvarez

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Rocky Fielding vs Saul Alvarez
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Date: 
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Location: 
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
168
Referee: 
Ricky Gonzalez

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WBA, WBC middleweight world champion, Saul Alvarez, moves up to super middleweight to take on underdog, Liverpudlian, Rocky Fielding. The fight takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Fielding has a big size advantage, but goes into the fight, a big underdog, Alvarez, coming off a great career win over bitter rival, Kazakhstan's Gennady Golovkin, just 3 months earlier.

Fielding tries to start fast, impose his size, attacks Alvarez, lands some clean punches, but before long, he is backed up to the ropes, looks out of his depth as Alvarez starts to attack the body with clean, hurtful looking punches. Alvarez lands a well timed, sickening body shot to drop Fielding, who bravely gets up, and tries to fight his way out of trouble.

Fielding continues to try to fight Alvarez is round 2, as he is backed up to the ropes again, but just like in round 1, it is Alvarez who is is more comfortable, and Alvarez who is doing all the damage, as he continues to land hurtful body shots. Alvarez drops Fielding again, with another agonising body shot, Fielding gets up again, but suffers a disaster of a start to the biggest fight of his life.

Fielding goes out on his shield in round 3, but without being able to bully Alvarez, and he seems to be in the trenches, fighting tooth and nail just to compete, whilst Alvarez takes all the clean punches he is hit with, blocks well, and continues to build on his inflicted damage.

Late in round 3, a vulnerable and broken down Fielding is caught with a right hand to the head which he doesn't see coming, dropping him, Fielding gets up, but seems only to get up because of his pride, and seconds later, he is dropped again, for the 4th time in the fight. Rather than counting, referee Ricky Gonzalez stops the fight, and not controversially.

Saul Alvarez beats Rocky Fielding via TKO in round 3, impressing with an early stoppage against a fighter with a big size advantage.




Fan Cards: Rocky Fielding vs Saul Alvarez


scorecard by TALESFROMTHECRYPT
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scorecard by NF82
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Comments

Champion97's picture

Prediction,

Woah, did not see this coming!

I think this is a big risk for Alvarez, possibly a mistake, for 2 reasons, one is that 3 months is not enough time after the second Golovkin fight, which was damaging, and the other is weight. Alvarez is 5'9, has a reach of 70-71, he is not a big middleweight, fought at 154 at the age of 26, and didn't move up because he simply couldn't make that weight anymore, he is stocky, and he has apapted very well to 160 in his last 3 fights, but I think that might be his limit, and I think going to 168 is a bad move for him, I definitely think he hasn't been at 160 for long enough to go to 168, I don't think he is tall enough, naturally big enough to compete at 168 and not be at a very significant size disadvantage.

Fielding is underrated, he got knocked out in one competitive round by Callum Smith, but we've seen what Smith has just done against Groves, Fielding didn't impress against Rebrasse, who I predicted to beat him, but he has done well to beat Ryder, who is also underrated, stop Brophy in one round, and of course, stop Tyron Zeuge. Fielding has been impressive in his last few fights, he is dangerous when he is hurt, he is strong for the weight, is a great finisher, doesn't let you off the hook, and he can do the basics, put shots together very well.

Fielding is 6'1, tall for the weight, has a reach of 75, he is a big super middleweight, has never been below 167, he used to really struggle to make the weight, but now he does the weight properly, is more diciplined, he makes it, but he is very big, strong for the weight, surely physically couldn't get much lower than 167, and he is fighting a guy who can make 160 with ease, a guy who could make 155 if he took the time to cut weight. Fielding has to use his size advantage, he is not better than Alvarez, defensive skill, counter punching, experience, all against him in this fight, so he can to make use of his strength, take advantage of Alvarez's size disadvantage as best he can.

Despite being underrated, despite being good enough to beat Zeuge, it seems unlikely Fielding is a great fighter, and Alvarez is a great fighter, given that Alvarez has wins at a higher level, given that he has been fighting at a level above for years, and they have seemed as occupied as each other, it is hard to argue that Alvarez isn't level above Fielding.

No doubt Fielding has a big size advantage, no doubt 3 months is not enough time for Alvarez coming off the Golovkin rematch, but no doubt Alvarez is much better than a fighter of the lower calibre of Fielding, it just depends exactly how underrated Fielding is, how bad an idea going to 168 is for Alvarez, and how much too soon 3 months is for Alvarez to recover?

I think Fielding has a good shot in this fight, I don't think he'll start well, Alvarez's decreased power will still be enough to stun and hurt Fielding if he gets careless, takes a counter, and for boxing brain, skillset, just levels, Alvarez will do the better work, will be winning the rounds, but provided Fielding can throw combinations in the early rounds, push Alvarez back, as well as Alvarez working at his own necessary pace, Alvarez will definitely tire, probably after just 4 rounds, and that's when Fielding can come on, take it to him, hit him clean, make Alvarez feel the power of a hard hitting super middleweight, be relentless, drag him into the trenches, set up his shots with the jab, and if Fielding does that, he might win this fight.

I think Fielding's issue might simply be calibre, as he has a tired and overpowered Alvarez on the ropes, maybe the intelligence, ability to slip, counter, from Alvarez, might be too much for Fielding, and Alvarez will know when to attack, Fielding will tire himself at some stage, especially if he misses a lot, and when he takes a breather, that's when Alvarez will let shots go, and he can sit on the ropes for a minute, be purely defensive, move, and although Fielding has good variety, he doesn't have the timing, ability to set up an opponent, that you would need to catch Alvarez clean when he is on the ropes, defending, using his reactions, reflexes, as well as he was in the first Golovkin fight, I think Alvarez will be backed up to the ropes, will be tired, and Fielding will come on strong, but Fielding can not work (swing and miss more than land) relentlessly for 180 seconds, and Alvarez can do clean work in the intervals, do clean work, land a combination between bursts of offence from Fielding, and let Fielding come after him, commit to his defence again after catching the judges' eye.

I think Alvarez will edge this one, I think Fielding has a good chance, might just be able to pull this out, but I think Alvarez is too good, he will suffer from the weight disadvantage, coming back too soon, but really, those two factors are what will make it a great fight, because if Alvarez was coming back after 7 months, and Fielding was his size, I think Alvarez would win most if not every round, stop Fielding, Fielding wouldn't give him problems, and that would be an easy prediction for me. Fielding is either good or not good, Alvarez is great, I think Fielding is world level, well within the top 10 in his division, Fielding might not be world level, and if he isn't, this won't be a tough fight for Alvarez despite coming back too soon and being at a size disadvantage, but if Fielding is as good as I think he is or better, this will be a tough fight for Alvarez.

I think Alvarez wins an SD, 110-117, 112-115, 114-113, but it will be a great fight, a close fight.

not exactly what happened haha Canelo is a true champion

thanks for your pre fight analysis though, your words are appreciated!

Champion97's picture

Predictions are like that in boxing, can be right on the money, can be way off the mark. I explained why I thought it would be close, I didn't think Alvarez would be able to do that much damage to the body early, I thought Fielding was better than what he was. Alvarez might have looked good at 168, but he should go back down to 160, Fielding didn't last long enough to exploit Alvarez's size disadvantage, but that would still have been a factor, there are bigger fights at 160, Alvarez is better at 160, go back down.

I was off on the prediction, Fielding is not as good as I thought, and the body attacks killed him, Alvarez is underrated body puncher, Fielding was doing ok blow for blow, but the body shot damage just threw that out the window.

Anyway, prediction competition, you want to join?

TheUndefeated's picture

Happens to the best of us Champ. At least you have the guts to lay those guesses out there in detail for almost every single fight. Many will just do a drive-by after-the-fact when someone was wrong. Hey look at it this way: you did pick the winner right! Cheers!

Champion97's picture

Cheers buddy I appreciate that. That guy probably shared my analysis on the Internet, had a good laugh, but I'm not moving my analysis or deleting it, I am more than happy to admit I was way, way off. Thanks again pal!

Looking forward to the fights next weekend?

TheUndefeated's picture

Oh yeah. The Frampton-Warrington fight especially. A little disappointed in the Charlo brothers' opponent selection. At this point in their careers both should be fighting the elite of their divisions, not the B-squad. Nevertheless, I'd rather see them in action than not at all so can't complain too much.

Champion97's picture

I think they are somehwat avoided, the Charlos, hopefully they will be in big fights in 2019. What did you think of Tevin Farmer's performance against Fonseca?

It looks like Monroe is off the fight with Charlo. I actually think Korobov, even past his prime, is an improvement in competition from Monroe if he can make weight.

Champion97's picture

100% agree

Hi 97, Look for my on FB as Jab Hook. Below my after-thoughts and prediction rate:
Epilogue Madison Square Garden Theater, New York City: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez walked into the ring and methodically, aggressively, blew Rocky Fielding away. Rocky helped make it easier and faster by not moving, not using his size or reach advantages, and by standing in front of Canelo. What kind of strategy and tactics were those? Working Rocky's body from the start, Canelo said afterwards that he was surprized that Fielding was trying to land power shots in round 1. So he took the opportunity to go right after him. Alvarez basically overpowered the bigger man for three rounds, dropping 4 times and forcing a referee stoppage in the 3rd round. Titles in three weight divisions is Canelo's mission accomplished. Jab predicted this outcome correctly, but thought it would go to round 6.

What's next for Saul? In the Super Middleweight Division three of the four belt holders are undefeated. With a >80% average KO rate, there are some very interesting unification bouts ahead. Canelo might have a chance against Uzcategui, if he wants a crack at a “real” title. Callum Smith and the other champs are just too big and strong, even for Canelo. But he is likely to go back down to middleweight anyway. Jab would love to see Canelo vs Daniel Jacobs on St Patrick's day in Brooklyn's Barclay Center. And since we are dreaming, how about rematch with Floyd? We will all have to wait and see.

Jab Hook's 2018 boxing predictions: 85 of 104 correct = 81.7 % on Dec 16th (3/3 correct)

Champion97's picture

Ok, I don't go on Facebook or anything like that, but I'll check it out.

Well I think he wanted to get Alvarez's respect early, he should have tried to turn, pin Alvarez on the ropes, but to be honest, it looked to me like he was fighting just to stay in the fight, just trying to match Alvarez, was struggling to implement his game plan. One thing that is worth considering is that the Regular belt is not the real belt, it is there so the WBA can collect sanctioning fees.

I agree 100%, Jacobs is slowly declining, but he is not done yet, has beat 3 unbeaten opponnets in a row, can't criticise his opposite in his last 2 fights, and he isn't even just a challenger, he has the IBF belt. I think Alvarez vs Andrade is another great fight, Andrade is not new on the scene in terms of being known as a talented fighter, but his career has never taken off, I think he's avoided, and so is Charlo. Mayweather is too intelligent, he knows he would have no chance, that is why his last two 'fights' have been joke fights, because he retired against Berto, in 2015, at the end of his real career, and a demotion is the only way he could come back to boxing and keep the '0'.

Champion97's picture

That was tremendous from Alvarez, he is a phenomenal body puncher, we saw that against Liam Smith. Alvarez would be a great ambassador for the sport, a great role model, if not for the failed drug test scandal, but in terms of who he fights, Fielding, granted, is not as good as I thought he was, is not the fighter he appeared to be against Zeuge, still, Alvarez, 3 months after that war against Golovkin, moves up, fights a guy who is coming off a momentum boosting win, basically two full weight classes above him, gets rid of him in 3, that's impressive.

This was levels, Fielding did not let himself or anybody else down, he got up off the deck and tried to continue, 3 times, but it was just levels, I predicted him to lose close, a split decision even, but I am not surprised Fielding got stopped early, because the fight was unpredictable, not the outcome, but the whether or not Fielding could challenge Alvarez, and he couldn't in the end, but it is definitely a combination of Fielding, at world level, not being good at all, and Alvarez fighting a great fight.

Hart eartH's picture