Rocky Fielding vs Saul Alvarez
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.