Alvarez stops Fielding in 3rd round for 3rd division title

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"The better man won", Fielding said.

Saul "Canelo" Alvarez became a three-weight world champion by outclassing and outmuscling Rocky Fielding via a third-round knockout.

Alvarez's last win came in September when he narrowly defeated Gennady Golovkin to win the unified middleweight world championship in an epic rematch.

"It is no secret we want to win this fight and then come back to our division, 160 pounds", Alvarez said.

Alvarez sent Fielding down again in the second round with another body shot and it was not long before the fight was over - the brutal display ended with two knockdowns in the third.

Alvarez (51-1-2) overpowered and outclassed Fielding en route to a merciless victory in NY, where the big-hitting Mexican dropped his opponent on four occasions, including twice in the third round.

It was a boxing clinic by Alvarez as he would have scored three 10-8 rounds before the finish.

"He came to attack and I did my thing". Despite Alvarez moved up in the weight class, this fight was one of the biggest mismatches we've seen this year.

Oscar de la Hoya, Alvarez's longtime promoter, said the entire team will enjoy the holiday before assessing potential opponents for the scheduled Cinco de Mayo fight in Las Vegas next year, adding that it could take place at either middleweight or super middleweight. Alvarez claimed the WBA and WBC middleweight titles in that bout and later signed a $365 million contract with DAZN. Another body shot doing the damage as Alvarez dominated.

"With my background and where I have come from, to get here and in with Canelo is an achievement", Fielding said after Saturday's bout in NY. "Right now without a doubt what I want are the best fights".

"I stood there too long, thought I could mix it with him and shouldn't have".

On the undercard, Ireland's Katie Taylor, the IBF and WBA lightweight champion, moved to 12-0 after winning on points against Finland's Eva Wahlstrom who suffered her first defeat.

Ryan Garcia (17-0, 14 KOs), of Victorville, Calif., stopped Braulio Rodriguez (19-4, 17 KOs), of the Dominican. We did a good job and I feel very happy, ' Alvarez said.

Take a look at the wince-worthy final blow below.

He will fight in NY for the first time, something the Mexican superstar has long aspired to do.

Tevin Farmer retained his IBF super featherweight title with victory over Francisco Fonseca prior to Saul "Canelo" Alvarez's showdown against Rocky Fielding.