Canelo Alvarez moves up to super middleweight on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, where he faces secondary titleholder Rocky Fielding in the main event, Alvarez’s first fight under his new huge contract with DAZN.
Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KO) says he will look for the KO, and that despite being the huge favorite, he’s not overlooking the larger Fielding:
“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. ... I know that Rocky is used to receiving punches from another weight class and I know that he’s taller. It’s not an easy fight, and I’m preparing for the best Rocky Fielding and to make sure that there are no surprise.”
Fielding (27-1, 15 KO) is taller and naturally bigger than Canelo, which Alvarez argues makes the fight interesting and “even.” I’m not sure about that — in fact, most people aren’t sure about that — but it’s certainly the angle being used to sell Fielding as Alvarez’s opponent.
I doubt you’ll see Alvarez come out fighting wildly looking for a knockout, but I don’t doubt that he can get one here. He’s simply a much more precise, skilled fighter, has power, and puts punches together well. I can certainly see him breaking Fielding down and getting a stoppage. How about you?
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