Saturday 15 December 2018
Myles McDevitt – UCFB Multimedia Sports Journalism Student 2018
Two weeks have past since Deontay Wilder faced Tyson Fury for the WBC and Lineal Heavyweight Championship of the World. That fight ended in controversial circumstances and Rocky Fielding will hope that isn’t the case in New York on Saturday night.
Fielding goes up against Canelo in a mouth-watering super-middleweight clash at Madison Square Garden. Fielding has admitted pride in fighting at Madison Square Garden given that it has hosted some legendary fights in the past. Fielding will hope to create history and if he does win it would be one of the best wins by a British fighter overseas in recent memory.
Liverpudlian Fielding holds the WBA (Regular) super-middleweight title with Callum Smith holding the super title. Standing in his way is one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world. Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.’
This fight comes three months after he produced stunning victory against Gennady Golovkin in September at the middleweight limit. This is Canelo’s first fight at super-middleweight and has only lost once in his career. That defeat came at the hands of Floyd Mayweather in an exhilarating contest.
This is the third British fighter that Canelo has taken on after he knocked out both Amir Khan and Liam Smith in 2016 with his knockout of Khan massively frightening given the way he connected with Khan’s chin. This is the first fight for Canelo on DAZN after he signed a lucrative $365 million contract for his fights to be broadcast on that platform.
Fielding has only lost once and that was to Callum Smith in 2015 for the British super-middleweight title. Fielding will want to keep a hold of his belt which he has only had since July after he beat Tyron Zeuge in Germany. However, there is huge pressure going for him into this fight as he faces a world-class fighter in Canelo and fights in the biggest stage of them all. Canelo’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya admitted that the arena would mostly be made up of Canelo’s supporters.
It’s a dream fight for Fielding and the British fight fans in general. His name is Rocky and it would certainly be a story of that proportion if he was to come through and beat Canelo in New York on Saturday night.