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Rocky Fielding out to prove he belongs at the top level against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez

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Rocky Fielding 27-1 (15) believes he doesn’t get the respect he deserves for travelling to Germany to defeat Tyron Zeuge 23-1-1 (13) to win the WBA ‘regular’ super middleweight title in July.

“I went to Germany and fought for the world title,” said Rocky. “People wrote me off and didn’t give me a chance. But I won the world title and it only took me five rounds.”

The 31-year-old from Warrington will get the chance to prove that win was not a fluke when he defends his title against unified middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 50-1-2 (34) at Madison Square Garden in New York on December 15.

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“I worked my whole life to be on the biggest stages, and now I’m fighting the biggest name in the sport at Madison Square Garden,” said Fielding.

“It is every fighter’s dream. I know Canelo is an elite fighter, but I’m going in there as a champion to defend my title and walk away with the victory.”

Fielding’s trainer Jamie Moore insisted that the 6-foot-1 Fielding has the physical dimensions and skillset to spring the upset on Alvarez, who has only ever lost to recently retired pound-for-pound rated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.

“[Rocky] has all the attributes to give Canelo problems,” said Moore. “Canelo has never fought at super middleweight and he’s never fought anyone with the size that Rocky Fielding has.

“Rocky has come a long way. He has had setbacks, but they have taken him to where he is today. We will walk away with the victory on December 15.”

Alvarez was last in action in September when he scored a majority decision victory over archrival Gennady ‘Triple G’ Golokvin 38-1-1 (34) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The fight was a rematch of their controversial 12 round split draw at the same venue a year earlier.

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