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De La Hoya: Canelo Showed That He Can Fight at 160 or 168

Saul Canelo Alvarez knocked down Britain’s Rocky Fielding four times in three rounds to claim the WBA “regular” super middleweight title at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Alvarez, whose first professional title came at junior middleweight, went into his first fight at 168lbs as the favourite, despite the fact he was fighting 14-pounds and two divisions above where he first established himself.

The 28-year-old Mexican wasted no time in giving his opponent a taste of what was to come, bruising Fielding’s ribs with a huge body shot and sending him to the mat in the first round.

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The 6ft 1in Liverpudlian recovered to get back on his feet, but the onslaught continued and he was knocked down again by another body shot in the second round.

A blow to the head sent 31-year-old Fielding to the floor for a third time in the third round, and it was when Alvarez’s relentless body shots sent Fielding crashing a fourth time that the referee decided he had seen enough.

Fielding, making a first defence of the title he won against Tyron Zeuge in July, managed to exchange some shots with his 5ft 9in opponent in the second round.

But he could not put his height advantage to good use and ultimately was outclassed by boxing’s highest-paid athlete.

Canelo's promoter, Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions, believes his boxer is now fully capable of competing against anyone at middleweight or super middleweight.

Canelo will return to the ring on Cinco De Mayo weekend in Las Vegas.

“Canelo fighting at 168 showed he can fight at either 168 or 160. We’ve already set aside the T-Mobile Arena for Cinco de Mayo in Las Vegas. We have no opponent whatsoever - zero. We’re not thinking of nobody," De La Hoya said.

"We’re going to enjoy the holidays and enjoy our families. After the holidays, as a team, we’ll collectively determine who Canelo is going to fight. Whether it’s 168 or 160, there are plenty of challenges out there for Canelo.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by redmyth79 on 12-17-2018

[QUOTE=Liondw;19360488]Step up to the plate again after having fought GGG twice, it's time for Canelo vs Charlo.[/QUOTE] Charlo has done absolutely nothing for that fight to happen. Charlo has not beat anybody of real value at 154 and damn has…

Comment by SCEN3RY on 12-16-2018

Canelo learned from that first Golovkin fight, he pressures so much better since then. He even pressures with just his presence without throwing shots, much like prime G did. Fielding admitted as much in the post-fight presser. It's a fine…

Comment by budfr on 12-16-2018

[QUOTE=Divine Hammer;19361975]lara arguably beat canelo, trout fight was very close and could have been a draw, ggg easily beat canelo 1st fight and arguably won again in 2nd fight. and of course floyd completely pwned him. so what does canelo…

Comment by Nomadic on 12-16-2018

I wonder if Ward can make 168?

Comment by Divine Hammer on 12-16-2018

lara arguably beat canelo, trout fight was very close and could have been a draw, ggg easily beat canelo 1st fight and arguably won again in 2nd fight. and of course floyd completely pwned him. so what does canelo have????…

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