Fightful Boxing Newsletter (12/13):
1. Canelo Alvarez vs. Rocky Fielding Preview
When Canelo Alvarez defeated Gennady Golovkin back in September, no one would have imagined what the next few weeks would be like for him. Alvarez signed a lucrative 11-fight deal with DAZN and announced his next fight for three months after the Golovkin rematch and it's against a world champion at a higher weight class.
A unique matchup will headline a Madison Square Garden card on December 15 when Alvarez faces off against WBA "regular" super middleweight champion Rocky Fielding. Alvarez will be looking to win a world title in a third weight class, something that only a handful of Mexican boxers have ever achieved.
Alvarez is right now at the point in his career where every fight is now one to add on to his resume and have people talk about where Alvarez lands in the conversation of all-time best Mexican boxers. A win over Fielding wouldn't do too much for Alvarez's resume other than give him another world title. This move up in weight is not even a permanent one for Alvarez as he has stated that he is moving back down to middleweight, where he is the WBA "super" and WBC world champion.
As for Fielding, his legacy could be on the line in this fight. Not is Alvarez the toughest opponent in his career, but it is also the most important fight of his pro career.
It's amazing how Fielding has recovered from a 2016 first-round loss to current WBA "super" champion Callum Smith. By that point, many would have thought that Fielding would never win a world title, much less reach it. Even when he got the shot against Tyron Zeuge earlier this year, Fielding was considered an underdog, but managed to not only win the title, but also dominate Zeuge in impressive fashion.
The British boxer has certainly turned heads with his career trajectory, but now he finds himself in another incredibly tough position, one that he and trainer Jamie Moore are trying to figure out how to overcome. Alvarez is unlike any fighter Fielding has ever faced before and when Fightful spoke to Moore, the subject on preparing for Alvarez came up.
“[Canelo's] obviously a very difficult task when you’re talking about an elite level fighter at the top of the pound-for-pound list. How do you get sparring to match that? You really can’t. In my opinion, you have to take out the best attributes that fighter has, someone with a really sharp jab like Canelo. We wanted to get a sparring partner for a really good jab. Then you got to get all the different and best parts and attributes as well and cover those with different sparring partners, but you never necessarily can have all those covered with one sparring partner or maybe two. You have to have a sort of different range of it," Moore said.
But part of the intrigue of the matchup is seeing how Alvarez fares in a proper 168-pound matchup, something that he's never had before. That's where Fielding could stand a chance as there could be a small chance of Fielding using his size advantage to bully Alvarez around in the ring early on in the matchup. Fielding spoke to Fightful recently and believe the size difference could factor in his favor when the two meet.
"Yeah, that’s the ingredient to the fight. I’m a big super middleweight, and he’s stepping up. That’s what makes it interesting to see how he is going to adapt to it and how he’s going to be. I’m at a weight to make the weight comfortable, and I’m okay at it. I don’t know how it’s going to be for him, but I’m at the best weight for myself," Fielding said. "It adds up. He’s a top fighter all around, and he brings that with him as well as moving up in the weight. He carries all that around. So it’s going to be interesting to see him from his last fight, to see how he does in the [move up to weight] and see if he accumulated muscle mass in this short of time. It will be interesting to see in the next week or so. It will be interesting compared to myself and how I make the weight and how I prepare. I make the weight, and then I fight. That’s how I’m prepared."
The rest of the card is a very loaded one with two world title fights (Katie Taylor vs. Eva Wahlstrom and Tevin Farmer vs. Francisco Fonseca) as well as a number of top names from Golden Boy Promotions such as David Lemieux, Ryan Garcia, Lamont Roach Jr. and Sadam Ali. The full card starts at 6 p.m. ET with people in the United States being able to watch it on the DAZN streaming service.
Tale of the Tape:
Record: 50-1-2 (34 KO)
Titles Won: WBC Junior Middleweight, WBC Middleweight, WBA "Super" Middleweight, The Ring Magazine Middleweight, Lineal Middleweight World Titles
Notable Opponents: Floyd Mayweather Jr., Erislandy Lara, Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto, Gennady Golovkin, Amir Khan
Record: 27-1 (15 KO)
Titles Won: WBA "Regular" Super Middleweight World Title
Notable Opponents: Callum Smith, Tyron Zeuge
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