Fielding respecting but not fearing Canelo in title match

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew For now, Fielding is simply thrilled to have such a terrific chance to establish himself as a top guy in the sport.“I will enjoy every bit of it that goes now, but taking the background and the noise away on Dec. 15, it’s me and Canelo,” he says. “This is what I am in the game for and this is what I trained for since age 9.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Fielding and his girlfriend took a tour of the Garden a few years ago, then went to a basketball game. He hoped to someday be in the ring at the Manhattan venue that Fielding notes is the world’s Mecca of boxing. He even imagined it.“I was coming off my first defeat and was somewhat down,” says the Brit who is 27-1, the loss to Callum Smith coming just under three years ago. “We came over, took the tour and returned at night for a basketball game. The history this arena holds struck me. As a fighter, you connect with it. And I said one day I would fight here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Three years down the road, I am fighting the biggest name in boxing. In the main event — for my title. Dreams do come true.”It won’t be much of a dream if Fielding loses, as so many people outside of his camp seem to expect. Alvarez comes off a draw and then a win over Gennady Golovkin as middleweights, and a third bout with Triple G is what the boxing community hankers for. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Empire State Building Hosts Boxing Champs Canelo Alvarez And Rocky Fielding at The Empire State Building on October 16, 2018 in New York City. Theo Wargo/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — When Rocky Fielding enters Madison Square Garden on Dec. 15, it won’t be his first time in the big arena. It will be his initial visit for a boxing event — his fight against Canelo Alvarez.The WBA super middleweight champion will put his belt on the line and be a hefty underdog against what even Fielding calls “an elite fighter … the face of boxing … a superstar.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew But Alvarez seeks to join a group of Mexican fighters with three weight crowns. And while the money would be massive for a third Golovkin fight, Alvarez does own a 1-0-1 record against Triple G, though both bouts were very close.For his part, Fielding envisions himself as the star of the show in mid-December.“I know what I am up against, a tough, elite fighter who has been on pay-per-view and sold out arenas,” he said. “You have to start somewhere; he did. I’m the world champ and I want to get to that level he is at, and I am confident of getting that win.“If I beat Canelo at Madison Square Garden, I will be up all night and will be the superstar the next day. To get the win at Madison Square Garden and the win for my own fans, there will be a new face of boxing and that will be me.”Fielding hasn’t faced anyone close to Alvarez’s level, though. He stopped Tyron Zeuge in July for the WBA crown in his first fight outside of Britain. A bout in Offenberg, Germany, doesn’t quite have the same, uh, ring, as climbing into the MSG ring with perhaps the best boxer in the world.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college San Sebastian routs Arellano to end NCAA Season 94 campaign View commentslast_img