Trainer Joe Gallagher believes a Rocky Fielding will come unstuck against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez as he prepares for his first WBA ‘regular’ super-middleweight world title defence.
Gallagher has experience of both fighters, having trained Liam Smith against Canelo in 2016 and brother Callum Smith against Rocky Fielding in 2015.
However, Gallagher predicts Canelo will present a very different challenge for Fielding. Despite the champion having progressed since suffering a first-round TKO defeat to Callum Smith three years ago.
“He (Fielding) is going up another level with Canelo, who has just done 24 rounds with one of the biggest punching middleweights the world has ever produced in GGG (Gennady Golovkin),” Gallagher said.
“Canelo was never wobbled, or put down. So, I don’t really understand why people are saying Rocky has a punchers chance.
“You don’t understand how good Canelo is until you’ve been up against him.
“His ring generalship, his size, his head movement is next level. In my opinion, he’s the number one pound-for-pound at the moment.
“Do I think Rocky will win? Probably not, no.”
Fielding’s best chance, Gallagher believes, is to box and beat Canelo on points, a feat which has only been managed by the legendary Floyd Mayweather Jr. previously.
“Unless Rocky lands a shot which lands high on the temple or behind the ear and discombobulates him he’s not getting the knockout.
“Rocky’s best chance is to win on points, and if you’re fighting Canelo in America on points then you’re asking for a lot.
Some pundits have cited Fielding’s superior height and reach as a potential advantage, but Gallagher believes Canelo has proved himself against taller opponents such as Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in the past.
But Gallagher heaped praise upon Fielding for daring to take the fight against such a formidable opponent.
“Rocky has a huge opportunity here. He’s got to go in there and give it his all.
“If it comes off, then what a result and that’s what makes boxing so brilliant.
“If they don’t win, at least they know that they’ve trained hard and he’s given it his best shot.”
James Copley is a Staff Writer for World Boxing News. Follow James on Twitter @JamesCopley73