This weekend sees Liverpool’s WBA Super Middleweight World Champion Rocky Fielding take on Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in a huge fight at Madison Square Garden.
Fielding, having claimed his world title in July, faces a massive uphill task if he is to beat Canelo, whose only defeat so far has came at the hands of Floyd Mayweather.
Our boxing betting expert previews the fight and gives you the best bets to look out for.
An improbable challenge, but not an impossible one
A win for Fielding tomorrow would go down as one of boxing’s biggest ever upsets despite going into the bout as World Champion.
The Liverpudlian enters the contest having won 27 of his 28 professional fights, having lost to fellow scouser Callum Smith in November 2015. His last victory against Tyron Zeuge in Germany was a career best, but a win on Saturday would not only be the biggest win of his career, but arguably the greatest win from a UK fighter in boxing history.
Fielding’s camp are well aware that Canelo possesses far better boxing skills than him, however, Rocky will have a big size advantage going into this fight with the Mexican stepping up a weight class to fight at Super Middleweight for the first time in his career. A five inch height advantage, as well as a longer reach, gives Rocky the chance to fight at range to frustrate Alvarez.
In what is undoubtedly the biggest night of his career, Rocky must not be overawed by the occasion as he steps into the ring in New York. A win on Saturday night would go down in boxing folklore as he enters as the huge underdog at 8/1 with Grosvenorsport.com.
Canelo looking to shine in New York
Alvarez, considered by many as the pound-for-pound best boxer in the world, comes into this contest off a huge win against Gennady Golovkin back in September. With a trilogy fight against Triple G in the pipeline, the Mexican may be overlooking Fielding this Saturday, expecting an easy victory.
Canelo’s record speaks for itself having lost just once in 53 fights, falling at the hands of Floyd Mayweather. Since ‘Money Mayweather’ retired, Canelo has been boxing’s biggest star, which has seen him strike a staggering £278 million deal with American streaming service DAZN to broadcast his next 11 fights.
Canelo has previously beaten fighters of a much higher calibre than Fielding, notably Golovkin and Cotto. Many boxing experts think this could be a walk in the park for the Mexican and Grosvenorsport.com say no differently, pricing him at 1/18.
Alvarez to outclass Fielding
When you compare records, it is hard to imagine ‘Rocky from Stocky’ having any chance of winning this fight. Despite that, a chance to box in New York against the biggest name in boxing is an opportunity you would be daft to turn down.
The Liverpool fans will come in numbers to support Fielding, but Canelo is a class above. The size difference makes this fight interesting, but Canelo’s boxing brain makes him the massive favourite and I think he’ll win by KO via a devastating body punch, which is available at 1/4.