By Miguel Rivera
Rocky Fielding is not going down without a fight, when Canelo Alvarez attempts to follow up his middleweight world title win over Gennady Golovkin by attempting to capture the World Boxing Association "regular" super middleweight title in New York in December.
Canelo ended Golovkin's unbeaten reign as unified middleweight champion with a majority decision at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on September 15, winning the World Boxing Council and WBA middleweight belts.
Fielding, 31, became the WBA's "regular" world champion in the super middleweight division in July with a knockout victory over Tyron Zeuge - although the WBA recognises fellow Briton Callum Smith as the "super" champion in the division after Smith's knockout of George Groves in Saudi Arabia in September.
Canelo has beaten four British boxers - including knockouts over Amir Khan and Liam Smith.
"This means everything to me. This is why I'm in boxing. It's a dream to fight at Madison Square Garden against one of the most popular fighters in the world of boxing. I am aware that it is a great challenge, but I am prepared for it. We are in sports for these nights. I grew up watching the big fights on television and after many years I'll be in one of them," Fielding told ESPN Deportes.
"The odds are going to be against me. He is the biggest star in boxing and has only lost with Floyd Mayweather. It is one of the greats. But he has not been beyond 160 pounds. He's a big super welter, but he's definitely not a big middleweight and he's definitely not a big super middleweight. I am much bigger and taller. It will be a good challenge for him because he's coming up and it's a good challenge for me because he's an elite fighter.
"He has a lot of experience, with more than 50 professional fights. He has faced some of the biggest names. I have to execute the strategy that Jamie Moore tells me and use all my advantages in the best possible way. I know it will be a hard night's work, but I will be prepared."