Canelo ‘Schwarzenegger’ Alvarez Went Beastmode on Latest Opponent
A mere two months after a historic majority decision win of Gennady Golovkin, Canelo Alvarez was back in the ring, bigger, stronger and more powerful than ever. The Mexican made light work of Rocky Fielding in the first of an 11-fight deal that will see the star pocket a reported $365 million. The deal with DAZN replaces his HBO contract, now expired, when the network decided not to telecast boxing going forward.
The masterful display over two-and-a-half rounds saw Canelo dish out combo after combo of head-shot preceding body shot. The onslaught was nothing like anything the 31-year-old Fielding had ever experienced in his life. A deflated Rocky said post-fight that each punch felt like “the wind had been taken out of me”.
Full of praise for his junior opponent, Fielding said:
“He’s the best I’ve fought – speed, power, footwork, defense, everything. He does everything well. His timing is good, his selection is good and his presence – just being there making me work when I didn’t have to. I knew I couldn’t switch off and had to be on my game.”
Fielding succumbed 4 times to Canelo’s tactical precision and placement, forcing him to take a knee three times before the referee called an end to things when he went down a fourth time.
“I stood there too long, thought I could mix it with him and shouldn’t have. With my height, I should have kept it long. I went in there, tried my best and that’s what the elite are like. I never shied away from the challenge.
I dared to be great, lived a dream – but I will come again and come back.”
The sold-out crowd at the legendary Madison Square Garden that included big celebrity names such as Bruce Willis, Nick Jonas, Gina Rodriguez, and three of the biggest Latin music stars of today, J Balvin, Bad Bunny anRoyce sawoyce saw Canelo advance to 51-1-2, with 35 KOs. With ten fights left in his DAZN contract, his next bout is expected to be a Cinco de Mayo special next year. Canelo now holds titles in three separate divisions: Light middleweight, middleweight and super middleweight.
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