Fielding: I’m con­fi­dent I’ll beat Canelo

Sunday Express - - SPORT - By Tom Hop­kin­son

ROCKY FIELDING ad­mits he feels like a lower-league foot­baller called up to play for Eng­land ahead of his clash with Saul Al­varez at New York’s Madi­son Square Gar­den on Satur­day.

The 31-year-old Scouser is an un­likely choice as Canelo’s first op­po­nent af­ter the Mex­i­can su­per­star put pen to pa­per on a mouth­wa­ter­ing £280mil­lion, 11-fight deal with stream­ing ser­vice DAZN.

But the WBA world su­per­mid­dleweight belt Fielding won in July is on the line and, with Canelo step­ping up to the di­vi­sion for the first time, the Liver­pudlian reck­ons he was just in the right place at the right time.

Fielding (right) said: “It’s like a kid play­ing for a lower-league foot­ball team get­ting a call off the Eng­land man­ager ask­ing if he wants to play for Eng­land at Wembley.

“What’s he go­ing to say? ‘No’? “Ed­die Hearn will tell you, ev­ery fight he of­fers me I take.

“I’ve got to look af­ter my fam­ily and I said ‘yes’ even be­fore I was told the purse. It’s a big op­por­tu­nity for me.

“All the hours and the min­utes you’ve done over the years lead up to a fight like this.

“But if you want to be the best you have to fight the best.

“I’m go­ing there to win and I’m con­fi­dent.”

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