Did Canelo take the easy way out with Rocky Fielding fight? Some other opponents he could have fought
It was a bit shocking to hear news when it was revealed that WBA and WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez will be moving up in weight to challenge WBA super middleweight champion Rocky Fielding in his next fight. The Canelo vs. Fielding fight will take place on December 15th from Madison Square Garden in New York and will surely be a hot ticket. It remains to be seen what network will televise the event, as several networks are in the running.
Canelo (50-1-2, 34 KO’s) is obviously going to be a big favorite against Fielding (27-1, 15 KO’s) who is known by many for losing to WBA “regular” champion Callum Smith in one round. Just last month we saw Canelo edge former lineal champion Gennady Golovkin in a thrilling rematch, and there are many who would prefer to see a trilogy of that fight instead. It leaves one to wonder, did Canelo take a soft touch vs. Fielding?
Take a look at some opponents who Canelo could have faced instead.
Charlos is the interim champion at 160 pounds for the WBC, so it makes sense that some fans have been talking about him and Canelo one day meeting up. Charlo won his interim title in his last fight, a blowout of overmatched Huge Centeno Jr. back in April, but he has no definitive dates lined up for his return. Him and Canelo would be guaranteed fireworks between two, young, hungry fighters with skill and power. Let’s hope the future can bring these two together.
Lemieux is a former IBF champion, so he does know what it’s like being on the big stage. He returned on the Canelo vs. Golovkin II undercard to blast out Spike O’Sullivan in just one round, as a big counter left hook ended matters far earlier than expected. Lemieux is signed to Golden Boy Promotions, who promote Alvarez, and his power alone makes every fight of his interesting. Maybe he can grab another win to make a fight with Alvarez more interesting for 2019.
While logic does say that Golovkin probably won’t return to the ring until May of next year, he, in the eyes of many, is still the ideal opponent for Alvarez due to how their first two fights ended. In September of last year, Golovkin seemed to do enough to take a clear victory over Alvarez, only to see the match end in a draw. And in losing to Canelo by majority decision in their rematch, he still was the winner in the eyes of many people who were watching. Golovkin was ordered to face off with Jermall Charlo in somewhat of an eliminator to get to Canelo, but who knows if that fight will happen.
Ramirez is a bit of a dark horse here, but as the WBO champion at 168 pounds, he would have been a bigger challenge that Fielding for Canelo’s first fight at super middleweight. Ramirez still has a way to go as far as capturing the public’s interest, but he is young, undefeated, has great size and reach, and has shown bursts of power in the past. Him vs. Canelo would be a big fight for either Cinco De Mayo of next year or Mexican Independence Day in September.