Liverpool's Rocky Fielding goes down swinging in clash with quality Canelo Alvarez
Credit to Rocky Fielding as he gave it a right go against Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.
In the end, quality told as Liverpool's Fielding tried valiantly but in vain to fight back against a brutal onslaught from Canelo in the early stages of Saturday night's WBA (regular) super middleweight title fight.
Moving up to super middle, Canelo lost none of his power as he put Fielding down early and often with a series of crushing body shots.
Fielding would have been well aware that he needed some desperation sooner than anticipated and he did not go down without a fight against the Mexican pound-for-pound great.
Canelo targeted the body and viciously stuck to his gameplan en route to the 51st victory of his young career, solidifying his status as one of the most devastating finishers in modern boxing by putting Fielding away in the third round in Madison Square Garden.
The realisation of a trilogy against Gennady Golovkin has been discussed for 2019 and that would likely represent the biggest payday for Canelo although the possibility of a rematch with Floyd Mayweather cannot be ignored as the undefeated American continues to toy with the idea of coming out of retirement yet again.
Mayweather handed Alvarez the first and only defeat of his career back in 2013 but being the savvy businessman that he is, 'Money' would not be blamed for trying to avoid the stern test of the vastly improved Canelo nowadays.