Rocky Fielding says he will not freeze in the ring as he prepares to face Canelo Alvarez in New York

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The world super-middleweight champion meets the formidable Canelo Alvarez on Saturday

Rocky Fielding has insisted he will not be overawed by the occasion as he prepares to take on Canelo Alvarez in New York on Saturday.

The current WBA (regular) super-middleweight champion will be making the first defence of the belt which he won against Tyrone Zeuge by TKO in July.

Rocky Fielding says he will not freeze on Saturday

Rocky Fielding says he will not freeze on Saturday

Alvarez, considered by many to be the sport’s main attraction, has lost just once in his 53 fight career and is coming off the back of two thrilling bouts against Gennady Golovkin.

Despite this, Fielding says he is relishing stepping into the ring at the legendary Madison Square Garden.

Fielding said: “I’m enjoying this now. Yeah it’s different to Liverpool but this what I’ve working for all my career.

“It’s nice to be recognised in the street. It’s very nice to be in a big fight against a top operator.

“I like the attention. And I’m ready for the fight against a good opponent.

“I won’t freeze in the ring any more than I’m freezing here. I can’t wait.”

While there is a considerable size advantage between the pair, with Fielding standing five inches taller than the Mexican, Canelo does not appear to see this as an issue.

He added: I don’t expect an easy fight. Anything but. Fielding will be bigger and perhaps stronger, although of course I am the superior boxer.

“I have had to make all the necessary preparations and adjustments to overcome his size.”

Fielding gave a light-hearted response as to exactly how he will keep his opponent at bay: “Do I have a plan? Oh, yes. To keep hitting him in the face until he falls down.”

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