Saturday night, one of boxing’s top stars steps in the ring as Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2; 34 KOs) faces Rocky Fielding (27-1; 15 KOs). The fight is at Super Middleweight (168 lbs.) and is for Fielding’s version of the WBA title in that division. Ring Magazine has Fielding at #9 in the division; Canelo is unranked here, but is their Middleweight champion and ranked #3 pound for pound. The fight takes place this Saturday, December 15 in Madison Square Garden with a fight time of 8:00 p.m. ET. It airs on DAZN, and caps off a four-fight card.
How do these two stack up?
Canelo: 28 years old | 5’8” | 70” reach | orthodox stance
Fielding: 31 years old | 6’1” | 75” reach | orthodox stance
What have these two done recently?
Canelo: W - Gennady Golovkin (MD) | D - Gennady Golovkin (SD) | W - Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (UD)
Fielding: W - Tyron Zeuge (TKO) | W - Karel Horejsek (PTS) | W - David Brophy (TKO)
How did these two get here?
For the first time since May 2017, Canelo is fighting a non-GGG opponent here. Alvarez and Golovkin have been locked together some time now, and here he gets a break. Officially, their series stands at 1-0-1 for Canelo, but most will argue that the true score is 2-0 GGG. It is what it is at this point. With the win over Golovkin, Canelo has become, on paper, the clear king at Middleweight. Here he moves up a division to Super Middleweight. If he wins here, it will be the third division where he has held a major title, and could potentially set up some interesting future unification matches in that division should he decide to stick around (always a question with Canelo).
Rocky Fielding is an 8 year pro who has spent most of his career fighting in his home of Liverpool. His biggest prior career fight came in 2015 when he took on Callum Smith as two undefeated rising fighters. Smith KO’d him in a one round slugfest. He’s won six since, none against an opponent particularly worth mentioning here.
What can fans expect?
Much has been made of Fielding being named “Rocky”, and it’s not just because Creed II just came out. He will need to pull off an amazing underdog performance here if he wants to win this, and I see nothing that shows he has that in him. Canelo likely won’t come out guns blazing like Smith did in Fielding’s last loss, but he certainly will start attacking the body early and steadily building up the pressure. Rocky has the reach and height Canelo will have to deal with, but again, those body hooks are a great weapon there. Look for those to add up and for Canelo to close the show pretty early, maybe even with a body shot.
Prediction: Canelo Alvarez, KO R3
Should you watch?
You should watch the whole card because there’s good stuff on there. This fight won’t be super competitive, but I tend to find Canelo fights fun, especially when you add the big MSG atmosphere.