Fielding: If I Beat Canelo “I’m King Of New York”
Rocky Fielding is just over two weeks away from the biggest fight of his career, as he makes the first defense of his WBA super middleweight championship against Canelo Alvarez.
When asked about his thoughts prior to making his Madison Square Garden debut to face Alvarez, Fielding is all but ready to be “king.”
“If I win, I’ll be the king of New York and one of the biggest names in the sport overnight,” Fielding said while preparing in the United Kingdom. “I came from nothing and now I’m headlining at MSG. It’s a dream come true, but it’s a job, and the work will be done in the gym in Manchester. There’s a lot of talk about Canelo’s next fight after Dec. 15-that it could be with Danny Jacobs, Demetrius Andrade, the Charlos, or even Callum Smith at Anfield – let them talk. If I take Canelo out, I’ll have a massive fight at Anfield instead.
“When we had the face off, the first thing I saw were cuts from the GGG fight which were still fresh. Also, 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.”
When asked about the issues Canelo will have moving up in weight, Fielding feels that it will be the biggest advantage for a successful defense. “The height and the weight are significant. I am comfortable at the weight and he’ll be the one stepping up,” said the defending title holder. “He was a beast at light middleweight, but he’s not the biggest middleweight out there, so he won’t be at 168lbs. That difference is going to make for a great fight. If I have to dig deep at times, as I expect to have to do, I know I can. My weight and height can definitely play a massive part. I’ve had six good wins since the Smith fight. I’ve won titles and then gone to Germany where nobody gave me a chance and knocked the hometown guy out to become world champion.[Canelo] may be looking past me, but I am definitely not looking past him.
“Canelo doesn’t make many mistakes, so we’re going to have to draw those mistakes out of him. He boxed in a 12-round war in September and now he’s gone into another camp to box me in December. Will his body hold up through another camp after that war?”