Last weekend on Saturday the 15th of December in Madison Square Gardens, New York the super middleweight WBA title fight between Saul Canelo Alvarez and Rocky Fielding topped an impressive bill. It gave us another version of the a Rocky story as it ended in the 3rd round but it was no Fairy Tale in New York for Fielding.
Fielding has had a lot to take, particularly on social media from people who felt he was happy to lose his title but keep his cash and health in a mismatch. Canelo looked like he was, what he was – the superior craftsman in a square ring and took Fielding out in the 3rd round to become a 3 weight Mexican world champion. It was a tremendous achievement for Canelo and Fielding was simply outclassed. Fielding got his dream when he won the WBA lesser version of the belt and could retire a happy man with money in the bank and all of his faculties intact BUT he has never mentioned retirement and we all expect that he will come again – proving he still has the hunger that was lost when he went in against one of THE best fighters in the world.
For Canelo he goes on to continue to build one of the most amazing and controversial legacies that includes wins over a number of British fighters as he awaits the first British boxer who can beat him -and so do we… Step up Callum Smith?
If Canelo’s win was swift then lightweight Katie Taylor’s defence of her IBF and WBA titles against Eva Wahlstrom was a boxing masterclass. She shut Wahlstrom out and, for many, grabbed the accolade of the best female boxer in the world. This was an unbelievable display and next up could be a clash with one of the pretenders to that particular best in the world throne – female boxing has never been more fascinating…
Also, on the undercard super featherweight Tevin Farmer beat Francisco Fonseca with the IBF belt on the line by a unanimous decision after 12 rounds.
Meanwhile, at home and in Brentwood Queensberry brought a cracking night that may have been more modest than MSG but was not any less filled with drama.
The major news of the night was the misfired return of welterweight Bradley Skeete who was stopped in the second round by Diego Ramirez. It is hard to see where Skeete may be likely to go now.
Super flyweight Sunny Edwards beat Junior Granados for the WBO European belt on points whilst rupturing a ligament in the second round but fought on – he now faces some time recuperating so hope all is well soon enough and he is back out in the New Year on the next leg towards a world title.
We also had action in York Hall where heavyweight Nick Webb was in against Kamil Sokolowski but as stopped in only the third round! The following night, Sunday the 16th of December in Manchester, light heavyweight Bob Ajisafe returned and got the win against Dominik Landgraf by stoppage in the second round!