Farmer retains title prior to Canelo-Fielding bout

Canelo Alvarez vs Rocky Fielding Generation Iron

Canelo Alvarez vs Rocky Fielding Generation Iron

Not much, at least not against a United Kingdom super-middleweight named Rocky Fielding for a WBA belt Saturday at New York's Madison Square Garden in the first of 11 fights in the landmark deal he signed with the DAZN streaming service not long after his controversial rematch decision over Gennady Golovkin last September.

Alvarez, who is the reigning World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association middleweight world champion following his thrilling victory over Gennady Golovkin in September, had little trouble in moving up to 76kg in weight class and defeating Fielding.

Canelo dropped Fielding four times in the opening three rounds before a final bodyshot dropped the Englishman to his knees and cost him his WBA belt. Making history, the door is nearly open.

Fielding (27-2, 15 KOs) beat the count and the bell once more, but the end was near.

And, as you'd expect, U.S. streaming platform DAZN, who signed "Canelo" to a colossal $365m five-fight, 11-year deal, were gushing in their praise of the Mexican superstar.

While things went smoothly for the main event, there was disarray on the undercard as two fights were canceled before the weigh-in. I don't speak Spanish, but I got the Mexican blood in me. I don't care about what the critics think that this is an easy fight.

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"When I was first coming up, I made the mistake thinking when I was knocking everyone out that I can conquer the world". I know who the WBO and WBA champions are. He couldn't block the bevy of body punches launched by Alvarez, who floored Fielding with a left in the first round.

Round 3 - more hard shots from Alvarez to start the round. The 31-year-old Liverpool, England, native last fought in July where he defeated Tyron Zeug in the fifth round via TKO to claim the title.

Inevitably, Alvarez gets asked about a third bout with Golovkin, considering how close their previous two fights were, and the money and attention that would be there.

Fielding has received words of encouragement from fellow Liverpudlian Bellew, who came up short in his attempt to become undisputed cruiserweight champion against Oleksandr Usyk last month. "David Lemieux, I hope he feels better". "I know the challenge, but I like the challenge, and I am happy for it".

"It is no secret we want to win this fight and then come back to our division, 160 pounds", he said. "When she was on the mend I was just going into fights with no feelings, just "let's fight", Fielding told Omnisport. "This is a massive fight and a massive opportunity for me". With Lemieux-Johnson being canceled, Farmer-Fonseca was elevated to the co-feature position. Fielding not looking good in this fight. But he was in line for a possible fight with Alvarez if he fought impressively on Saturday.

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