WBA ‘Regular’ Super Middleweight World Champion Rocky Fielding (27-1, 15 KOs) will look to produce the shock of 2018 as he eagerly awaits the challenge of everyone’s favourite redhead, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) on Saturday night,
Okay, that may be a bit of a stretch but cinnamon (Canelo) is undoubtedly one of the sports biggest attractions, win or loss I’m sure Rocky will enjoy his Christmas on the back of it’s financial gain.
Looking more closely at the fight, a lot of people have already written off the chances of Fielding, merely believing this to be a quick stop to add a ‘world title’ albeit a secondary one to Canelo’s already overflowing achievements but that in itself could come with a sting in its tail as on a lesser scale Tyron Zeuge found out in July.
Fielding exploded onto the domestic scene with world titles tentatively talked about for his future, until he was inevitably matched with another of the citys exciting talents in Callum Smith.
Both men had taken English/British and International titles up until this point, putting backs on canvas along the way as a shootout was predicted, that’s exactly what unfolded, unfortunately for Fielding it didn’t go in his favour as Smith put him away in the very first round to take the bragging rights from the City of Liverpool.
Callum Smith was now in the driving seat to head towards a world title whilst Fielding would need to go back to the drawing board before working his way back in to contention. Smith would go on to win a world title, toppling George Groves in the final of the World Boxing Super Series but ironically it was Fielding who accomplished the feat first, going to Germany to stop the champion of the time in Zeuge to capture the WBA ‘Regular’ title.
The title he will now look to defend successfully against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, he couldn’t have asked for an easier defence of his newly acquired prize, I joke of course knowing how big a challenge this will be for the Liverpudlian, it’s a monumental task which he has before him.
Once the posterboy for HBO, Canelo now takes his place front and centre as DAZN’s main attraction, readying himself to put on a show for his streaming public on Saturday night, looking to capture a third division title.
The Mexican comes into the bout on the back of a rather controversial decision over Gennady Golovkin, well two if you want to delve a little deeper.
In the second bout, unlike the first encounter between the two men, Canelo was goaded into a slugfest with his Mexican heritage questioned by the Golovkin camp, Canelo agreed to stand and trade with the notably bigger puncher in Golovkin, although it was thought an unwise decision, but not only did he do just that, he did so successfully, backing up the aggressor on occasion where it was adjudged to have been enough for him to slenderly be handed the decision victory which again didnt sit well with some as it did with others.
There was an outpouring of condemnation from the fans but I think we all can give credit for a great display, where not for the first time in his career he showed the genes of his Mexican ancestry.
He may need that spirit before the weekend is out, Fielding will not be rolling out the red carpet in anticipation for Canelo, but instead will be looking to send him back to where he belongs (Middleweight). Canelo, on the other hand, will have other ideas with an explosive entrance planned,
Hold on to your seats because we could see one of the knockouts of 2018, whichever way it plays out.
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