Canelo Alvarez knocked out Rocky Fielding in the third round of their super middleweight title fight at a sold-out Madison Square Garden.
Alvarez knocked down Fielding once apiece with left hooks to the body in the first and second rounds, and twice in the third round once with a right hand to the head and again with a left hook to the body.
Referee Ricky Gonzalez stopped the fight at 2:38 of the third round, immediately following that fourth knockdown. Mexico’s Alvarez (51-1-2, 35 KOs), who went off as roughly a 15-1 favorite, won the WBA world super middleweight title from England’s Fielding (27-2, 15 KOs).
Alvarez, 28, fought for the first time at the super middleweight limit of 168 pounds. Fielding, 31, has exclusively competed at super middleweight and light heavyweight (175 pounds) throughout his eight-year pro career. Alvarez technically became a champion in a third weight class and won the WBA’s secondary super middleweight title from Fielding, though.