Canelo Dominates Fielding at The Garden; Here Are Five Opponents We’d Like to See Him Fight Next (Video)Read Now
Ok, so let’s get the important stuff out of the way first. BSO was ringside for Canelo vs Rocky and we predicted a 5th round KO. Turned out Rocky Fielding couldn’t handle that punching power for five rounds. Canelo Alvarez dropped him four times in a third-round TKO to take the secondary super middleweight world title.
From the opening bell, Canelo’s plan of attack was clear. Get into the body of Rocky and chop him down with those heavy punches and then attack the head. Sitting ringside you could feel the punching power of Alvarez, which is every bit as hard and heavy as one could imagine. Fielding had no answers, and aside from a flurry of exchanges in the third, he could not withstand the hits.
According to CompuBox, Canelo landed 52% of his total punches (73 of 141), with 91% of those being power punches. Alvarez kept coming forward and swinging those massive rights and lefts like anvils to Rocky’s body. Following the fight, Rocky had to acknowledge what the sellout crowd at Madison Square Garden and every boxing fan knows, saying:
Canelo is an elite fighter, and I never shied away from a challenge. It was a great week, met some great people. I lived a dream. Hats off to Canelo. I respect him. He’s strong. I was catching some shots, but he kept coming forward. The body shots were really tough. He placed his shots well, and he caught me. I stood there too long and tried to mix with him. I gave it everything, and the better man won.
This was Canelo’s first fight at 168 pounds and he looked very good and strong. He didn’t have to dehydrate to make his weight and following the fight, talked about his game plan against Rocky and fighting at super middleweight.
That was the plan in the gym, to hit the body and then move up [to the head], and that’s the result. You see the result here. [I feel] very good, very strong. I didn’t have to dehydrate myself to make weight. I feel good, and I feel strong.
This was Canelo’s first fight with subscription streaming service DAZN, who gave the champ a very lucrative 5 year – $365 million dollar contract for 11 fights. The numbers haven’t been posted yet, but Canelo proved he could sell out Madison Square Garden, even with a less heralded opponent. That fact will go a long way in helping DAZN cement itself as a preferred platform for fight fans.
Now that Canelo’s work for the year is done, all eyes turn to May 4th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions have the venue booked and it will be Canelo’s next fight. The question on everyone’s mind is, who will that next opponent be? Now that Canelo has shown success at 168 pounds, the possibilities are endless.
We have some thoughts on whom we’d like to see Canelo fight.
1. Canelo vs GGG The Trilogy
This fight is very likely. The first two contests were very entertaining and the series stands at 1-1. We have to have a tiebreaker right?
2. Canelo vs Jacobs
The IBF middleweight champion was ringside for Canelo v Rocky and saw the dismantling up close and personal. He was very impressed with the champ and said a fight with Canelo is very possible, via Sky Sports:
He [Canelo] looked phenomenal. The body shots were perfect, Fielding had no answers. It was a great performance from Canelo, he did what he had to do and I’m happy for him. That’s a fight [Canelo vs Jacobs] that is very possible. With [David] Lemieux unfortunately being out now with health issues, there’s even more of a stronger possibility that the fight can happen. Me being champion helps also. I’m not sure if they want to do the trilogy with [Gennady] Golovkin. It’s time for the fans to see something different, I guess a new champion.
That would be an entertaining fight. Danny Jacobs went the distance with GGG and is a champion in his own right. Canelo is three years younger, and that punching power might be too much for Jacobs. But, they don’t call him “The Miracle Man” for nothing.
3. Canelo vs Smith
Callum Smith is the #1 super middleweight, and Ring/WBA champ. If Canelo decides to stay at 168, this would be a serious fight. Smith demolished Rocky Fielding and is a big man with punching power. Canelo liked how strong he is at this weight, but De La Hoya said he was leery of having Canelo fight the top super middleweights. Smith is promoted by Eddie Hearn and is a DAZN fighter, so we shall see.
4. Canelo vs Andrade
Demetrius Andrade, another one of Hearn’s fighters and a DAZN guy has repeatedly called for a fight with Canelo. He is looking for legitimacy since claiming the vacant WBO middleweight title in October. Not sure he has the cachet or ability to go toe-to-toe with the champ. But you know who does…
5. Canelo vs Charlo
Jermall that is. The WBC interim middleweight champion is Canelo’s mandatory challenger. A term with less relevance these days, but is what it is. We know all the reasons this fight won’t happen. Charlo is an Al Haymon/PBC fighter and their partners are Fox and Showtime. Canelo, as we’ve already detailed, is the franchise fighter for DAZN. This minutiae and fight over money by corporations is why the casual fan will never get into boxing they way they could.
All that aside, at middleweight, this would be a hell of a battle. Charlo is undefeated with 21 of his 27 victories coming by KO. He has confidence, style, and swag for days. The leadup to any potential fight would be legendary. Charlo talked about Canelo via Sky Sports, saying:
The mandatory means nothing in boxing anymore, so I have to take a different route. … He’s challenging at 168 pounds, another division that’s in my near future, and if Canelo chooses to campaign there, I will chase him up to 168 pounds and I can fight him there, too. I’m bigger than him and better than him, it’s just I don’t have as many fights as he’s had, but that means nothing. I am ready to fight him whenever. In any division, in every division.
Could you even imagine? But, I wouldn’t hold my breath fight fans.