Trainer Jamie Moore insists his fighter Rocky Fielding needs to make Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez respect him when they meet this weekend in New York.
Fielding is the huge underdog for the clash as he prepares to defend his WBA ‘regular’ super-middleweight world title.
He is as high as 10.00 to win this weekend, just months after he won the title against Tyron Zeuge in Germany.
The Liverpool fighter has been handed a dream fight at Madison Square Garden and Moore believes he needs to command respect from the first round.
Alvarez is stepping up in weight this weekend but the Mexican believes he can secure a stoppage win as he tries to become a three-weight world champion.
However, Moore insists the Mexican will be shocked once he feels Fielding’s power. “Canelo has underestimated him and doesn’t realise how good, or how big, Rocky is,” Moore told Sky Sports’ Toe 2 Toe podcast.
“The problems that Canelo will have to overcome are height and reach. He will have to make up for the difference in length [which creates] danger that he will walk onto shots.
“We have got questions that we want Canelo to answer. We won’t show him too much respect because he’ll sense that and feed off it.
“Rocky has to gain Canelo’s respect. Rocky is naturally bigger and rangier.
Golovkin had success in closing the distance and we can map out our game-plan based on that.” Fielding’s best chance may come via a stoppage win and he is 12.00 to win by KO, TKO or disqualification.