Fielding: I’m confident I’ll beat Canelo
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.”