Canelo Alvarez Wins WBA Super Middleweight Title In MSG Debut

Coming off of his second fight in the biggest battle of his career so far, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez didn’t waste time when defeating Rocky Fielding. The Mexican boxer won strictly off of body punches, scoring four knockdowns in three rounds with all of them below the neck. Canelo won the WBA Super Middleweight title in what was his first bout in the weight class.

Heading into the bout the biggest topic of discussion was how Fielding had a notable reach and height advantage. Fielding was, by some, thought of as someone who might survive Alvarez, instead of being someone who could defeat him. Canelo was able to keep the fight close and personal, giving him the advantage throughout. Reach was made irrelevant as they were fighting inside a phonebooth, and height didn’t matter when the focus in the fight was below the head.

In under nine minutes of boxing, the Briton Super Middleweight did have some offense, landing flurries few and in-between. It looked like his punches were weak, as it never put a hiccup in Canelo’s pace. Fielding’s attack might have involuntarily taken a quantity over quality mindset.

Fielding wasn’t billed as a star leading up to the bout, with most promotion being focused on Canelos’ debut at Madison Square Garden. It was also the prizefighter’s first bout that aired on DAZN, a streaming service which has been heavily pursuing combat sports in 2018. Canelo’s last fight before last weekend was for HBO, who closed their boxing operation permanently earlier this month. That fight was a rematch against Gennady Golovkin after reaching a tie in their first encounter. He handed GGG his first loss after they fought for the 24th round when combining both fights together.

Canelo has many options on the table currently, with the biggest of all most likely being a trilogy bout against GGG. The fight is at least the biggest when it comes to public or mainstream interest. With 10 fights left on his DAZN contract, Canelo has many options for his next step.

Anthony Joshua Gets Stoppage Alexander Povetkin In The Seventh Round

It was a return to his old self for Anthony Joshua when he closed out his bout against Alexander Povetkin on Saturday. After getting a decision win for the first time earlier this year against Joseph Parker, Joshua was able to finish Povetkin at Wembley. This was Joshua’s third time fighting at the 90,000 capacity venue, last time was when he defeated Wladimir Klitschko in early 2017.

On my personal scorecard the first two rounds went to Povetkin. Joshua wasn’t showing any aggression while Povetkin already looked comfortable. While Povetkin definitely stayed active it was Joshua who took round three and four. Round five was a bit of a bump in the road with Povetkin winning it on my scoresheet. It was tied going into round seven, but because of the result none of this mattered.

In round 7 Joshua started to repeatedly rock Povetkin with strikes. The first time he fell was from a right hook. He had immense trouble standing back up, with half of his torso being out of the ring at one point. It would have been completely justifiable to end the fight here. The ref gave him another chance, only to be floored once again seconds later. Anthony Joshua stays undefeated coming out of the Wembley fight, and definitely stays on many people’s Pound For Pound lists.

My Scoresheet:

Fighter R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 Total
Joshua 9 9 10 10 9 10 W
Povetkin 10 10 9 9 10 9 L