Rocky Fielding says he will relish the chance to upset the odds and silence doubters if he chooses of engaging at a place he could dream on Saul’ Canelo’ Alvarez.
31, the Briton, faces Alvarez at New York’s Madison Square Garden and the pundits of BBC Sport believe only a lack of attention from the strong Mexican could possibly provide hope that is Fielding.
Fielding will set his version of this WBA world super-middleweight title on the line against the fighter in boxing at a contest which stunned the game – and the Liverpudlian – as it was announced.
“He does not make lots of mistakes but it’s boxing. He will make one and I really could get into him,” said Fielding.
“I had been here 3 decades before, sitting high up watching the New York Knicks, dreaming one day of fighting here. I have put so much work in, had setbacks and maintained convinced – and here I am with my name all around the arena.”
Alvarez – beaten in 53 streaks – begins as 1-20 favourite for a contest which is going to soon be addressed at a text comment on the BBC Sport website from about 02:00 GMT on Sunday.
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This is definitely an incredible chance for Rocky Fielding, who owns this WBA title’s variant , with the version owned by Callum Smith.
You have the sense that most Fielding can hope to get is just a lack of attention or motivation, which Canelo has suppressed him.
BBC Radio 5 live analyst Steve Bunce:
The factor that was under-estimation has been had by A few of the largest upsets in boxing history with somebody at 1 corner who receives it wrong. It has happened before. Rocky needs a bit of luck however he wouldn’t be the first.
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When asked when the struggle could possibly be charged as’Canelo v Rocky’ rather than just feature his surname, Fielding simply responded:”Sound, do exactly what you want.”
Likewise he decided never to whine at the truth that his name did not come first on the charging, as is the standard for a champion. Both instances point to hype and the attention mounted on Alvarez, who returned by a six-month doping ban to make a triumph against Gennady Golovkin in September which highlighted his set of skills that is vast.
Indeed, the promoter Eddie Hearn of Fielding has talked of his disgust at some of the media misuse his boxer has received.
Alvarez, who has knocked out the likes of Liam Smith and Britain’s Amir Khan, will move until the 168lbs super-middleweight division for the very first time. And he faces some pressure from the very first outing since signing a remarkable $365m five-year fight bargain which his promoters say makes him the highest paid athlete in all of sport.
“This new phase in my own career I am motivated and happy,” said Alvarez, who still holds two of those four world titles at the 160lbs middle weight division. “I like the challenge and understand we intend to make history.”
A triumph – looking for a world belt that is minor – could see him turned into a three-weight world champion. It would bolster his hopes of a day being viewed one of the finest fighters to come out of a country steeped in history.
And expect him to be roared on with tens of thousands of Mexicans hanging out of exactly what his promoter Oscar De La Hoya warned will”feel like Canelo’s house on Saturday”.
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Her place is also taken up by ireland’s Katie Taylor on the card at a bout since she defends here IBF and WBA World Lightweight titles against the Eva Wahlstrom of Finland.
Written down, it appears to be the test of the livelihood of this 32-year-old because Wahlstrom have not lost at a 22-fight livelihood and holds a world-title a weight division lower.
Former world champion Bernard Hopkins – area of their promotion – advocated Taylor and all those struggling to”leave their DNA” to a historic place which has hosted the likes of Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and Evander Holyfield.
“I’ve been lucky enough to struggle in certain iconic places since turning pro but I am not sure there’s some more iconic at a boxing sensation than Madison Square Garden,” Taylor stated. “I think every fighter fantasies about stepping in the ring there and I am no different.”