Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will take on WBA World super middleweight champion Rocky Fielding of the United Kingdom at Madison Square Gardens on Saturday, December 15 – the Guadalajara boxer’s first fight since May this year, when he defeated Gennady Glolovkin in what many experts called “the best fight of this century.”
It is also his first fight since signing a $US365-million, 5-year, 11-fight contract with streaming service DAZN, which has the rights to Saturday’s fight.
Although Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) is a huge favorite to defeat Fielding (27-1, 15 KOs), he is moving up a weight category in his bid to add a third divisional world title to his resume.
The big doubt over Saturday’s fight is how Canelo will react to Fieldings’ significant height advantage. The British boxer is 6’1″ compared to the Mexican’s smaller 5’8″ frame.
While Canelo is by far the superior boxer, he remains respectful of his opponent and his punching power. “I’m taking a risk by entering into a comfort zone of a champion and on his weight,” he said in a media interview this week. “He has a lot of reach, and he’s also used to receiving punches from fighters of a different weight class. We’re training real hard to ensure that there are no surprises.”
The bout is scheduled for around 10 p.m. on Saturday evening.