In the first of eleven fights Canelo has lined up in his bumper new contract, Brit Rocky Fielding was described as a sacrificial lamb as he succumbed to the sheer punching power of the fierce fisted Mexican on Saturday night in a sold out Madison Square Garden.
Rocky was pummeled and punished throughout his long slender body and finally stopped by the referee in the third round after going down in each round.
Although towering six inches above Canelo, the physical advantages Feilding had were no obstacle for the WBC Middleweight Champion. Canelo kept his hands high, targeting Fielding’s body from the first bell.
The match ended with Fielding handing over his WBA super-middleweight title to Canelo who now has the WBA Super World Middleweight Title, WBA World Super Middleweight Title, and the WBC World Middleweight Title.
Fielding, 27-2, 15 KOs, 175 pounds.
Canelo, 51-1-2, 35 KOs 173 pounds.
Quotes from the boxing fraternity:
British super-middleweight Chris Eubank Jr:
“Never seen someone look so happy to lose their world title.”
British Heavyweight Champion: Anthony Joshua:
“Big respect to Fielding. What did he have to lose? A loss isn’t a loss if you build from it and I’m sure he will build from it for sure.”
British lightweight Tommy Coyle:
“Canelo is a special fighter. I’m proud of Rocky tonight. Every time he got hurt and put down he got up and got braver. Well done mate. Not many can say they headlined at MSG.”
British trainer Dave Coldwell:
“Rocky went out on his shield. Can’t ask more of a man than to try his best when fighting above his levels. Canelo is some fighter.”
Former two-weight world champion Carl Frampton:
“He fought the absolute elite. The biggest star in boxing and he was brave. Head high Rocky Fielding.”