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Canelo Alvarez vs. Rocky Fielding on December 15 at MSG

By Keith Idec

Canelo Alvarez has agreed to make his long-awaited Madison Square Garden debut.

The Mexican superstar announced Friday afternoon that he will move up to super middleweight to challenge England’s Rocky Fielding for Fielding’s version of the WBA 168-pound championship December 15 at “The Mecca of Boxing” in New York. Alvarez has long expressed a desire to fight at Madison Square Garden, but previous attempts to hold one of his fights there haven’t materialized.

Friday’s announcement means the 28-year-old Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) will make a quick turnaround after a rough 12-round fight against Gennady Golovkin on September 15 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Alvarez suffered a deep, long cut over his left eye versus Golovkin, whom Alvarez defeated by majority decision in their middleweight championship rematch.

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Alvarez has received clearance from a plastic surgeon to resume training and sparring in time to return December 15.

“I’m very excited to announce my next fight,” Alvarez stated through his Twitter account. “Next December 15th at the New York MSG. Taking a big challenge more in my career and representing the WBC as 160-[pound] champion now I will fight for the world title for the 168 [pounds] vs. Rocky Fielding current WBA champion!”

Alvarez technically has fought at super middleweight once, when he easily defeated Mexican rival Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. by unanimous decision in their 12-rounder 17 months ago at T-Mobile Arena. The maximum contract weight for his victory over Chavez was 164 pounds, four below the super middleweight limit.

The 31-year-old Fielding (27-1, 15 KOs) won the WBA’s world super middleweight title in his last fight. He stopped Germany’s Tyron Zeuge (23-1-1, 13 KOs) in the fifth round on July 14 in Offenburg, Germany, to win that version of the WBA’s 168-pound championship.

England’s Callum Smith (25-1, 18 KOs), the WBA’s true 168-pound champion, dealt Fielding his lone loss when he stopped Fielding in the first round of their November 2015 fight in Liverpool, England. Smith floored Fielding three times before that bout was stopped 2:45 into it.

Alvarez did not announce how his fight will be broadcast. HBO reportedly has an option on Alvarez’s next fight, but the network announced last week that it will move away from broadcasting boxing.

Alvarez has fought once live on HBO and six times in HBO Pay-Per-View main events since signing an exclusive deal with that premium cable network, which began with his third-round knockout of James Kirkland in May 2015.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by !! Shawn on 10-09-2018

[QUOTE=Koba-Grozny;19171935]Like I say, not a particularly good fight but a smart move: Canelo gets to claim that he's a SMW champ without taking too much risk and also opens up a variety of options in terms of being able to…

Comment by Eff Pandas on 10-07-2018

[QUOTE=Scipio2009;19172359]Unless the Rocky Fielding fight does near 1m PPV buys, I've got doubts about Canelo finding the events to carry that figure for 10 fights.[/quote] I don't think Fielding is a PPV fight at all. On average I think Canelo…

Comment by Scipio2009 on 10-06-2018

[QUOTE=Eff Pandas;19171124]Idk if I buy that, but I do buy the deal could end tomorrow or in 7yrs cuz I'm sure DAZN gots the ability to end it for random reasons at any point for any reason. I think anyone…

Comment by aboutfkntime on 10-06-2018

will it be correct to refer to Canelo as a 168 champion when he beats Fielding? [B]YES, or NO..... ?[/B] :lol1::lol1:

Comment by Eff Pandas on 10-06-2018

[QUOTE=Scipio2009;19171852]Eddie Hearn likely doesn't put up the money for the bs fights without getting access to Canelo. And, as valuable as Canelo is, I don't see any network swallowing what Oscar's ask is going to be for the rest of…

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