A debut at super middleweight, a debut at Madison Square Garden in New York City, and a debut on DAZN all proved successful when Saul “Canelo” Alvarez had a short stop in the ring Saturday night against WBA super middleweight titleholder Rocky Fielding.
It only took three rounds and four knockdowns for Canelo to force a finish against the now former British champion. The first round knockdown came on a short left hook to the body from Canelo inside, dropping Fielding as he loaded up for a right hand. Another left to the body dropped Fielding in the second round along the ropes. A straight right to the head in the third put Fielding down once more and Canelo brought on the referee to wave it off by dropping Fielding to a knee with another left hook to the body. Fielding was game, but left himself wide open against a fighter many levels above him. Canelo claims another title and looks to be set up against Daniel Jacobs next.
On the undercard, Tevin Farmer retained the IBF super featherweight title with a comfortable 117-111 unanimous decision over Francisco Fonseca.
Sadam Ali defeated Mauricio Herrera at welterweight just as comfortably, but not as impressively in a tepid unanimous decision that saw Ali pick up scores of 100-90, 99-91, and 98-92 as he lulled the judges to their cards.
Lightweight Ryan Garcia kicked off the main card with a knockout of Braulio Rodriguez in the fifth round. After a knockdown in the first round, Garcia hit a slapping right cross on Rodriguez against the ropes and followed with two left hands that kept Rodriguez down for the count.
Women’s lightweight champion Katie Taylor also pitched an impressive shutout with a 100-90 unanimous decision over Eva Wahlstrom in the featured preliminary bout on DAZN.
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