Middleweight King Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez will move up to Super Middleweight to challenge WBA champion Rocky Fielding on December 15th at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
Fresh off his win over Gennady Golovkin, Canelo gave his team permission to negotiate with Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn who welcomed the fight with open hands.
“It’s something I didn’t think I’d ever say,” Hearn told Sky Sports News.
“Rocky Fielding will defend his WBA title against Canelo Alvarez at Madison Square Garden. The Scousers are coming – this is going to be the trip of a lifetime.
“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 defence’ and he says, ‘well does he want to fight Canelo?’. I nearly dropped the phone and said, ‘possibly, we are looking at our options’ (laughing).
“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. 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.”
Canelo has a history of beating English fighters, names such as Liam Smith, Amir Khan, Ryan Rhodes and Matthew Hatton have all been on the wrong end of the fiery power of the red-headed Mexican.
Fielding’s only loss came against Callum Smith back in 2015, since that time he has gone on to win the World title against Tyron Zeuge in his backyard of Germany.