"The better man won tonight".
With a win against Rocky Fielding for the WBA (Regular) Super Middleweight Title at New York's Madison Square Garden, Canelo Alvarez will become the ninth Mexican boxer to win world titles in three different weight classes.
Alvarez, of Guadalajara, Mexico, was fighting three months after scoring the biggest victory of his career, a majority decision in his September rematch in Las Vegas with Gennady "GGG" Golovkin. The Mexican superstar scored body shot induced knockdowns in the first and second rounds, and mid-way through the third, sealed the deal with a ferocious assault that left his foe deflated on the canvas like a punctured beach ball.
Despite standing taller at 6-foot-1 and enjoying a three-inch reach advantage, Fielding (27-2-0) entered the night as a clear underdog.
'I came back when no one gave me a chance. He fought Julio Chavez junior at a 164-pound catch-weight in a non-title match-up in 2017, and although he is set to move back down to 160 pounds for his next fight in 2019, his performance in front of a sold-out Madison Square Garden crowd was evidence of his ability to perform whatever the weight class. This time, Gonzalez had seen enough and appropriately stopped the fight. He's the best I've fought'. Another body shot doing the damage as Alvarez dominated. "For me, it's a bittersweet moment to talk about pay-per-view being dead because my career was built on pay-per-view, but this digital platform is thinking about the fans, it's thinking about the consumers". They are also possibilities for Alvarez as he looks to assert his dominance over the middleweight division, while Billy Joe Saunders has always been keen to test himself against Golovkin or Canelo.More news: Rivers leads Chargers to last-second comeback win over KC
He survived the round and retreated slowly to his stool, where he took a rollicking from trainer Jamie Moore for sticking in the pocket for too long.
Fortunately for me, he came to attack, and that was the error he made, but I did my thing in there.
He will fight in NY for the first time, something the Mexican superstar has long aspired to do.
He defeated Rocky Fielding via TKO to win the WBA Super-Middleweight Championship. Roach controlled the fight from the outset and took it easy late, which almost cost him when Mercado (15-2-1) nailed him with several hard shots in the final round. Plus, a move from middleweight to super middleweight - a division he's never fought at - is never necessarily a guaranteed success.