Rocky vs Canelo: Fielding took the title in the summer, beating Tyron Zeuge in Germany to end his two-year grip on the belt.This bout is therefore the second consecutive appearance for Rocky outside of the UK, who goes into the ring as a big underdog against the hugely-talented Mexican.
The Liverpudlian makes the first defence of his WBA ‘regular’ super-middleweight title against Alvarez in New York on December 15, live on Sky Sports, only three months after the Mexican star completed a punishing rematch win over Gennady Golovkin.
And Fielding spotted lingering signs of that battle on Alvarez when they posed for pictures a few months ago.Canelo Alvarez vs Rocky Fielding
“When we had the face off, the first thing I saw were cuts from the ‘GGG’ fight which were still fresh,” said Fielding.
“There’s no way he’s going to be able to put eight pounds of muscle on since his last fight, but he’s elite and I know that it’s my biggest test.
“I’m confident, though. I wouldn’t have taken it otherwise. It’s at my weight, and I am big for the weight. I can punch, I’m heavy-handed and I can box.”
The British fighter is full of respect for ‘Canelo’, who strengthened his status as one of the world’s pound-for-pound best with back-to-back points wins over Golovkin.
“This is my first camp training as a world champion, and I know that it’s harder to stay as a world champion than become one because it’s like there’s a target on your back,” said Fielding, who stopped Tyron Zeuge to take the title in July.
“Everything about the fight is big, but we’re away from it all in Manchester. There’s no Madison Square Garden bright lights there, so we’re focused on the plan with [trainer] Jamie [Moore].