Fielding, Moore on ‘puncher’s chance’ theory, 10lb Canelo next-day weight

World Boxing News 05/12/2018

Amanda Westcott

Rocky Fielding and trainer Jamie Moore are aiming to prove people wrong on December 15 when the pair pit their wits against Canelo Alvarez.

Fielding defends the WBA super-middleweight belt he won in Germany earlier this year in fine fashion.

The Liverpool man responded to pre-fight talk he only had a puncher’s chance of dethroning the WBN Pound for Pound number two.

“That’s what it is, I think, in the boxing world. That’s what they all say. We say it here in the UK. Yeah, it’s a puncher’s chance, but I mean, it’s the talent of the shots and the punches and stuff like that. I’m a good fighter, a good boxer. So it’s a good one,” said Fielding.

“If they say I have a puncher’s chance, then I’ll let them, but then December 15th I’ll show them what chance I do have. And if it’s a puncher’s chance, it may be, but if it’s not, then it’s not.

“It’s just whatever happens on December 15th. I’m prepared well, so we’ll have to see what happens.”

Trainer Jamie Moore, a former champion in his own right, added: “He absolutely has more than a puncher’s chance.

“I think the term a puncher’s chance means someone who can hit but he’s relying on a bit of luck to land that shot. Whereas Rocky is much more of a rounded fighter than to just go in there and rely on hope to land a lucky shot.

“He’s a very intelligent fighter, and he’s underappreciated, I feel. I think that a lot of fighters, especially the ones who he spars, say you don’t realize how good he is or how unorthodox he is. We’ll certainly find that out on the night of the fight.”


“So as much as Alvarez has, he’s going to find out about that. We’re going to ask him questions. There’s a lot of unanswered questions regarding him moving up to super middleweight.

“Height and reach advantage what Rocky’s got is huge. How is he going to cope with those problems, plus the fact that the size difference on the night?

“I know there’s a ten-pound weight limit for the next morning. But the actual difference from that point in time until they actually get in the ring on the night is going to be massive.

“You’ll see, when they come face to face in the middle of the ring. Rocky’s going to be huge, an absolutely huge specimen compared to Canelo.

“So we know how good a fighter he is. But there’s a lot of questions what he needs to answer, and we’re going to make him answer,” he said.

Canelo vs. Rocky is a 12-round fight for the WBA Super Middleweight World Title presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Matchroom Boxing. Lemieux vs. Johnson is a 12-round middleweight fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Eye of The Tiger Management.

The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle,” Fred Loya Insurance and “Miss Bala.” The event will take place Saturday, December 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York City and will be streamed live on DAZN.

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