WBA super middleweight champion Rocky Fielding start a huge underdog when the first defence of his title against Mexican icon Saul Alvarez at Madison Square Garden on Saturday but the British fighter insists that the bookmakers will lose their money.
Speaking at the traditional media workout on Wednesday at the Chase Square at Madison Square Garden, Fielding said: “I feel great, excited and soaking it all up. This is my first time doing such a big fight week and I’m really enjoying it. People are talking a lot about the size difference, and I have to make that a factor on Saturday night because I need to use every advantage that I’ve got. It’s my weight division.
“I’ve been at Super Middleweight for a long time. I make the weight well and he’s stepping up. The bookmakers are going to lose money – I was the underdog in Germany against a young and unbeaten fighter in his fourth defense and blasted him away in five rounds to take home the title. I perform better when I the underdog and everyone is against me. I thrive on that.
“I have prepared myself to be at my best on the night and if I need to bite down on the gumshield and fight it out. I know I can do that. When people come to KO me, that’s when I catch them off-guard and get the KO myself. But Canelo is an experienced and clever fight that doesn’t make many mistakes, so the things that we’re working on in camp will pay off on Saturday night.”