Rocky Fielding holds the size advantage over his opponent, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, for Saturday’s match in New York City.
The 31-year-old Liverpool native is confident that he would keep his World Boxing Association (WBA) title, being the super middleweight champion of the world.
As the two face off on the December 15 fight at Madison Square Garden, Jamie Moore, Fielding’s trainer affirmed that the British professional boxer is “naturally bigger and has more range” than his Mexican opponent.
The size factor, with Fielding being larger, is among the major problems which Alvarez has to deal with, Moore said.
In addition, Fielding’s trainer pointed out that the tall British fighter has the reach advantage. Hence, Alvarez would have to contend with the disparity in length. This is another issue for him.
Fielding emerged victorious on his fight against German professional boxer Tyron Zeuge. In July, the two went head-to-head in Germany.
On that fight, Fielding earned the WBA (Regular) super-middleweight title. It was a technical knockout in what was recorded as his 28th match.
Alvarez and his promoter, multiple world title winner Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, selected Fielding who they reckon as the weakest among the 168-pound super middleweight champions.
The 28-year-old Mexican star is equally confident as his opponent that he would be able to win the belt. Alvarez remarked that he is aware that no boxing fight is easy.
Thus, he said that he is prepared to take the risk of entering the “comfort zone” of a defender and deal with his weight.
Alvarez significantly defeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) light-middleweight titlist Liam Smith and multiple-time world champion, Miguel Cotto.
Former unified light-welterweight world champion, Amir Khan, also lost against him.
However, Alvarez’s quest for victory was thwarted as he fought against who ESPN has considered as the greatest pound-for-pound boxer for the past 25 years: Floyd Mayweather.
Five years ago, Mayweather and Alvarez fought on a light middleweight championship super-fight with the former winning it.
On Saturday, Alvarez will fight Fielding as the WBA and World Boxing Council (WBC) gold and middleweight titleholder.
He recently fought on back-to-back matches against Kazakhstani professional boxer, Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin.
Alvarez’s fight against his pound-for-pound contemporary was initially decided as a draw. On the rematch, he won through majority decision.