By Keith Idec
NEW YORK – Rocky Fielding is well aware of the controversies caused by the judging of the two Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin fights.
Huge factions of fans and media believe Golovkin did enough to win their initial middleweight title fight in September 2017, when Alvarez moved more than usual and boxed the then-champion to a widely disputed draw. Their 12-round rematch was a more competitive bout, but Alvarez’s majority-decision victory over Golovkin on September 15 generated great debate about the scorecards as well.
Alvarez also won a closely contested, 12-round fight versus Erislandy Lara by split decision in July 2014. The Mexican icon’s two fights against Golovkin and his victory over Lara each took place in Las Vegas.
Fielding fully realizes he’ll be the ‘B’ side against Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) when they fight Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, where Alvarez will fight for the first time. The British underdog still isn’t consumed with how the judges will score their 12-round, 168-pound title fight, the main event of DAZN’s 10-fight stream.
The 31-year-old Fielding (27-1, 15 KOs) hopes he can knock out Alvarez to eliminate the possibility of another scoring controversy. Experience has taught the Liverpool native that he can’t force that issue, not if he expects to win what’s by far the biggest fight of his career.
“I haven’t looked into that,” Fielding said Thursday about judging before a press conference at The Garden. “As I say, I’m not looking – I can’t think about judges and other things. I’ve just gotta go in there and do what I’ve gotta do, and box. And that’s all I’m thinking about. That’s it, really. Judging, yeah, I’m not really putting me energy into it. I’m just thinking of going in there. I know what I’m up against and what’s in front of me, and I’ve just gotta be the best I can be and see where it goes.”
The three judges assigned to score the Alvarez-Fielding fight hadn’t been revealed as of Thursday night.
Nevertheless, Fielding felt he was in a comparable predicament in his last fight.
He traveled to Offenburg, Germany to battle Berlin’s Tyron Zeuge. That fight didn’t go to the scorecards because Fielding floored Zeuge (23-1-1, 13 KOs) in the fifth round and beat him by technical knockout to win the WBA world super middleweight title.
“When I went to Germany and won the world title, it was, ‘You knock him out, you get a draw,’ ” Fielding said. “You know what I mean? I go to Germany, I couldn’t let that happen. But I didn’t force the knockout, the stoppage. As the game plan went on, it just comes. So no concern. I’m gonna give it everything I’ve got every round, and if I win most rounds, it doesn’t matter. I’m not really looking for the judges. I’m not going in for the knockout. I’m going in there to do what I can do to win the fight. And if it goes to the judges or not, I’m not really bothered about it.”
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.