A real Rocky story as Fielding faces Canelo as a massive underdog. Betfair's boxing writer Frankie Monkhouse has found a 4/1 bet that'll make things more interesting...
A massive month for British boxing continues as Rocky Fielding makes the first defence of his WBA super middleweight world title against none other than fighting legend Saul Alvarez at Madison Square Garden, New York in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Bookmakers, critics and the vast majority of fight fans are dead against the chances of the Englishman holding onto his prized possession, but he was written off by most before stopping German Tyron Zeuge in Offenburg back in the summer and he'll embark on his American adventure confident of causing an upset that would shake the sport to its foundations.
Fielding has won his last six
Thirty-one-year-old Rocky Fielding brings a 27-1-0 record into the ring with the spare defeat on his card coming at the hands of fellow Brit, and Super Series winner, Callum Smith in the autumn of 2015. Rocky, the first man to win a Prizefighter trophy with three victories inside the distance, was swept away inside a round by hard-hitting Mundo at the Echo Arena, Liverpool when adopting the wrong tactics and choosing to stand with his opponent. The beaten man realised the error of his ways but didn't let the negative result have a major impact on his career.
Since losing to Smith, Fielding has won each of his six comeback bouts, a run that has seen him claim WBC International, British, Commonwealth and WBA world honours. The fighting pride of Warrington was last seen scoring a surprise fifth-round TKO win over the previously undefeated Zeuge to realise a lifelong dream of becoming world champion, but punters are in no great rush to support him for a 28th career win with a heavyweight 11.00 available on the Betfair Exchange.
Another step up for Canelo
Mexican fighting sensation Saul Alvarez makes another step up in weight when moving into the 168lb category, hoping to continue the form that has seen him wear titles at welterweight, super welterweight and middleweight. His reputation ensures his debut in the division will be for a world title and his handlers have identified Fielding as the safest way to add another strap. A tad harsh on the champion, perhaps, but Canelo will enter the ring with a fearsome 50-1-2 professional record that can be traced back to 2005.
The fighter's fighter, Alvarez remains one of the most popular men in the business and seems to have bounced back following the failed drugs test that blackened his name earlier this year. The 28-year-old scored a famous win over long-term rival Gennady Golovkin last time, earning a hugely controversial majority decision over GGG, with the scorecards reading 115-113, 114-114, 115-113. Like their first meeting - split decision draw 2017 - more than a few considered Golovkin hard done by, sparking suggestions we'll get the trilogy. 1.10 on the Betfair Exchange says Saul beats Fielding before turning his attention to a third fight.
Betting looks spot on
There can be no arguments over the fact Alvarez walks into this fight as short-priced favourite and most neutral followers of the noble art will have it as a choice between KO or points on how he wins, rather than if. The jolly may be stepping up in weight, but he carries a 64% KO average that would suggest he'll take it in his stride and the Exchange has another KO/TKO at 1.37.
A points win will snare you 4.30. Fancy a handful of loose change on the underdog champion to cause the year's biggest upset and further boost the stock of British boxing? It would certainly make things more interesting on fight night. Fielding to win without the help of the scoring judges is 10/1, the points cheer highly unlikely in America with a bumper 33/1 there to be shot at - both Sportsbook quotes.