On Saturday 15th December, Mexican fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will fight British fighter Rocky Fielding the for his WBA world super middleweight title.
The bout will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York City so for UK viewers you can view it on Sky Sports Main Event and coverage begins at 11 pm GMT.
Canelo is a marketable fighter having just signed a $365m five year, 11 fight deal with streaming service, DAZN, He is currently the highest paid athlete in the world since Mayweather’s retirement.
Canelo holds the WBA Super World Middleweight Title and WBC World Middleweight Title and it will be his first fight since going the extra mile with Gennady Golovkin a.k.a. ‘GGG’ back in September
On the other side of the pond, Rocky Fielding is coming into this fight from a six-match winning streak and has only one career loss, a knockout in 2015 by Callum Smith.
His previous bout against Tyron Zeuge in July is where he earned his WCA world super middleweight title with a fifth-round knockout
At WBC “Canelo” has been called out as a strong candidate for ‘Boxer of the Year 2018’ if he defeats Fielding. World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman mentioned it in Mexico City at the premiere of Creed II starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone
“If Canelo defeats Fielding for the Super Middleweight title, he could be named Boxer of the Year, because he would conquer his third world belt in a different division,” said Mauricio.
Fielding commented to BBC Sport:
“I beat him and I wake up the king of New York on the Sunday, the next face of boxing,”, “I’m not sure I’ll be able to go back to Mexico though.”
Meanwhile, Canelo has said:
“Winning by a KO is always impressive. I am preparing to make the best of it in this fight by any way, by any means necessary. I’m going to give everything in the ring, and I’m always going to look for the KO as I do in my fights.
“It’s very important to be on that list of about 10 Mexicans to become three-division world champions, to enter history. That’s why I’m here taking on this important fight, and it’s important that we win this title.”