Like most had expected, Liverpool’s Rocky Fielding was brushed aside with relative ease by the Mexican phenomenon Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, who added a World Title in his 3rd weight division to his already sizeable accomplishments.
Dropped 4 times in 3 rounds, Fielding provided little resistance to the marauding Alvarez – despite holding significant height and reach advantages.
It was the primary defence of the title that Fielding admirably took from Tyron Zeuge in July, but it was evident from the offset that Alvarez was in for a short night’s work.
Touching the canvas from body shots in rounds 1 and 2, Fielding bravely stood his ground and chose to trade rather than utilizing his reach advantage and trying to stay behind the jab.
By the time Rocky was floored by a right hook in round 3, the tide of the fight was irreversible, so once Fielding hit the floor for a 4th time from a left hook to the body, the referee had seen enough and called off the action.
Credit must go to Fielding for engaging, when he could have elected to run and this was acknowledged by Canelo, who told the ringside commentator, “Fortunately for me, he came to attack and that was the error he made.”
Unfortunately, not everyone has been so forthcoming with credit for Fielding’s effort, with many online critics questioning why the Liverpudlian was sharing the ring with a future hall of famer.
There was also controversy even before the fighters reached the ring, as Fielding’s team of Jamie Moore and Nigel Travis, highlighted that Canelo’s hands were ‘stacked’, a method of hand wrapping that is prohibited in some states, including New York, where the bout was being held.
Twice they had to insist that his hands were re-wrapped, after the first time Alvarez’s corner ignored the warning and performed the same procedure again.
Following the bad aftertaste left by the whole ‘contaminated meat’ fiasco, it raises questions as to why some fighters and their teams believe they are above the rules that the majority adhere to without issue?
In adding a world title at a 3rd weight Canelo joined Mexican legends Julio Cesar Chavez, Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales and Juan Manuel Marquez, as fighters to achieve the same inspiring feat.
However, for some – no matter what Alvarez has achieved or indeed goes on to achieve, his legacy will always be clouded by the ‘possibility’ that he cheated – and further episodes of ‘rule bending’, only give more ‘legs’ to that way of thinking.
Fielding on the other hand, dared to dream and was honest enough to admit that he came up short. There is no shame in dreaming and there is certainly no shame in being honest.