By Keith Idec
NEW YORK – The cut above Canelo Alvarez’s left eye isn’t completely healed, but the Mexican icon isn’t concerned about it as he heads toward training camp for his fight against Rocky Fielding.
Alvarez suffered that laceration barely a month before the press conference Wednesday for his shot at Fielding’s WBA world super middleweight title December 15 at Madison Square Garden.
Promoter Oscar De La Hoya and Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) expressed concern following his majority-decision victory over Gennady Golovkin in their middleweight championship rematch September 15 that the cut over his left eye was bad enough to prohibit him from fighting three months later.
The WBA/WBC middleweight champion was cleared recently by a plastic surgeon to fight December 15, though, which led to finalizing a deal to move up to the super middleweight limit of 168 pounds to face Fielding (27-1, 15 KOs).
“Look, my eye’s doing fine,” Alvarez said Wednesday following a press conference in The Theater at Madison Square Garden. “We’re recovering right now. We haven’t done any sparring yet. And if [the cut] opens, we’ll close it up again.”
Fighting Fielding on December 15 will mark the quickest return to the ring for Alvarez since he fought Kermit Cintron just two months and two weeks after stopping Alfonso Gomez in the sixth round of their September 2011 bout. His prompt return to camp, coupled with the aforementioned cut, could push back Alvarez’s sparring schedule.
“I don’t know when I’ll spar again,” said Alvarez, whose five-year, 11-fight, $365 million deal with DAZN also was announced Wednesday. “My team is the one who’s in charge of that, so I don’t know. But I’ll just keep training hard.”
The 28-year-old Alvarez doesn’t expect to spar less during this camp than when he prepared for his second fight against Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs) last month at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
“It’s gonna be the same training camp [as usual],” Alvarez said, “more than 50 rounds of sparring for this camp.”
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.