Rocky Fielding Looking To Shock the Boxing World Against Canelo Alvarez
Boxer Canelo Alvarez is looking to keep his status as one of the sport’s pound-for-pound kings.
Updated: Dec. 13, 2018 • 9:11 AM ET
Canelo Alvarez has proven himself as one of boxing's best.
The WBA super-middleweight title will be on the line this Saturday in New York, as champion Rocky Fielding will defend his belt against pound-for-pound great Canelo Alvarez in Madison Square Garden. Also on the card, Tevin Farmer will defend his IBF junior lightweight title against Francisco Fonseca.
Fielding (27-1, 15 KOs) will defend the title for the first time after winning it by fifth-round TKO over Tyron Zeuge in July. The win was Fielding’s sixth straight since badly losing to Callum Smith in 2015, but he’ll without a doubt face his toughest test in Alvarez on Saturday.
Along with Zeuge, Fielding has defeated several key fighters, including John Ryder, David Brophy and Karel Horejsek; and the 31-year-old United Kingdom resident believes he’ll prove his elite status on Saturday.
"Weight is key," Fielding said via ESPN. "He's had most fights at junior middleweight and when he has stepped up to middleweight, he has been the biggest, but he's nowhere near the biggest at super middleweight. But I've had a good camp and it's on the night what happens.
“I’ve been up against it in my last fights and have done the business. I'm going in there to win and I'm confident. He has been a monster at junior middleweight and stepped up and beaten GGG, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on points, Miguel Cotto. So I'm in there in good company. If you want to be the best you have to fight the best. It's on the night what happens."
The 6-foot-1 Fielding has a definite height advantage over the 5-foot-9 Alvarez, but he’ll have a tough time proving he has the edge in punching power. Fielding tends to throw vicious body blows, and the game plan will likely stay the same against Alvarez. He’ll likely try to wear down Alvarez, much like he did Zeuge.
Alvarez (50-1-2) became a Junior Mexican National Champion at 15 years old and is widely regarded as the most popular boxer from Mexico. He’ll move up in weight yet again, as he previously held titles at middleweight and light-middleweight. He most recently defeated Gennady Golovkin by majority decision in September in a rematch of their first fight that ended in a draw.
Alvarez signed a five-year, 11-fight deal with DAZN worth $365 million in October, and the match against Fielding will be the first of the agreement. Alvarez, whose only loss came to Floyd Mayweather in 2013, is ranked in the top 3 on ESPN, The Ring and BoxRec’s pound-for-pound rankings.
The 28-year-old Mexican fighter wants a chance to redeem his only loss against Mayweather, should he get by Fielding on Saturday.
"For a long time, since the first loss I had against him, they always ask me [about a second fight with Mayweather], and there's the thorn in there," Alvarez said via ESPN. "I would love to have an opportunity for revenge and be able to show other things at this point in my career. I think with more experience, it would be very different.
"I would love [revenge], but he is a retired boxer who comes and goes. He is taking care of his own things. We know how he is, but if there is a possibility and he wants to return to boxing and he wants to make this fight, I would love it. For boxing, it would be great, and he would give boxing something worth watching. Lately the only thing he has done in boxing is lower the credibility of the sport with the fights he has fought. It would be good to have a rematch with him."
Alvarez has key victories over Golovkin, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Liam Smith, Amir Khan, Miguel Cotto, Austin Trout, Erislandy Lara, Shane Mosley and Kermit Cintron. His last three fights have gone the distance but with his counter-punching ability, Alvarez poses a great threat to Fielding of ending the fight early.
Another title will be on the line on Saturday, as Tevin Farmer defends his IBF junior lightweight title against Francisco Fonseca.
Farmer (27-4-1, 6 KOs) is coming off a TKO victory over James Tennyson in October, his second straight win since suffering a no contest to Kenichi Ogawa in December 2017. The 28-year-old has key victories over Tennyson, Billy Dib, Arturo Santos Reyes and Ivan Redkach, and hasn’t loss since 2012 when he was TKO’d by Jose Pedraza.
Farmer, a Philadelphia native, will defend his title for the second time and is confident heading into the fight with Fonseca.
“I’m an old school fighter, and when I get in the ring, you see things that you won’t see from an average fighter,” Farmer said via BoxingScene.com. “I make things look easy and I work off my brain. Most fighters get in there and just fight.”
The 24-year-old Fonseca is coming off a TKO victory over Sandro Hernandez in August, his third straight TKO victory since being knocked out by Gervonta Davis in August 2017. Fonseca (22-1-1, 16 KOs), who fights out of Costa Rica, is looking to win his first major title and believes Farmer is looking past him.
“I see his focus is on Gervonta Davis, not on me, but you have no idea the opponent that you will clash with on Dec. 15,” Fonseca said via Bad Left Hook. “I hope you’re prepared so we can give the public a great fight. In the name of God, I’ll be the new IBF World Champion.
“I’ll guarantee my name will never be forgotten by the people that watch us fight and I’m ready to make history.”
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