Hearn: Canelo Fight a Cinderella Story for Fielding
After his huge victory over Gennady Golovkin to claim the WBA and WBC Middleweight Titles, Canelo Alvarez set his eyes for a fight at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 15, and the WBC allowed him to make a voluntary title defense.
So it came as a bit of a shock when it was announced that Alvarez will step up to super middleweight and challenge WBA (Regular) Champion Rocky Fielding at MSG in December. And Eddie Hearn, Fielding’s promoter, was equally as surprised.
“I got a text message from Eric Gomez and thought, ‘this could be interesting.’ He said ‘what’s Rocky Fielding up to?’, I said ‘he’s looking for a defense’ and he says, ‘well does he want to fight Canelo?'” Hearn said. “I nearly dropped the phone and said, ‘possibly, we are looking at our options.’
Hearn spoke to Fielding following the phone conversation, and Hearn feels that this was a chance his fighter could not refuse. Going up against a big name like Canelo and being an underdog, Hearn says, presents Fielding the chance of a lifetime.
“I spoke to Rocky — and you have to get the best deal for your fighter — but this is the opportunity of a lifetime, this is a Cinderella story,” Hearn said. “You couldn’t make this up. This is a fight that will change his life forever. He will go in as the much bigger man, a big underdog in the fight. We know that Canelo is coming up from 154 pounds to 160. Rocky Fielding is going to be 180 pounds in the ring.”
Original Story: Sky Sports