Trainer Jamie Moore believes repetition until second nature is the way for Rocky Fielding to be able to nullify Canelo Alvarez this weekend.
Speaking on the challenge Fielding faces to keep his WBA super-middleweight belt at the first time of asking, Moore detailed his approach.
“It’s obviously a very difficult task. When you’re talking about the elite level fighters at the top of the pound for pound list, how do you sort of get sparring to match that? You really can’t. You have to — in my opinion, you have to take out the best attributes that that fighter has. Someone with a real sharp jab like Canelo,” said Moore.
“You’d want to get a sparring partner who has a real good jab. Then you’ve got to try to get all the different best parts of the attributes as well. You have to cover those with different sparring partners. But you’re never necessarily going to get all those covered with one sparring partner. You actually have a different range of it.
“Me personally, I like to do a lot of tactical work and drills. Different sort of the combinations are the punch selection, which I feel work in different fights.
“I’ll pick that up early on in camp, and we’ll drill it and drill it and drill it. Because I like the fighter to understand what I want him to do on the night well in advance. And by the time the fight comes around, we’ve drilled it that much that it becomes second nature.
“So as soon as he’s in a situation, he responds to it without even thinking about it. And we nailed that down early on.
“I’ve been a big fan of Canelo for many years, so it didn’t take me that long to sort of pick up on his rhythm and his timing. His shot selection, the stuff he does well.
“The opportunities where I feel Rocky will get to him. We’ve picked out quite quick, and we’ve drilled it and drilled it.
“Rocky pulled it off exactly how I would want him to do it,” he added.
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.