Canelo Alvarez moves up to the super middleweight division on December 15 to take on WBA "Regular" champ Rocky Fielding at Madison Square Garden, and he is thinking about a knockout.
Alvarez (50-1, 34 KO's, 28, who is making career debut on the east coast, is looking for his first KO since September 2016 when he destroyed former world title contender Liam Smith with a left hook to the liver, which earned him the WBO 154-pound world title.
Fielding (27-1, 15 KO's) has racked up six consecutive wins since suffering a first-round knockout to unified 168-pound world titleholder Callum Smith in 2015.
However, the level of competition in those fights was nowhere near the level of a Canelo, and Alvarez will look to expose that on fight night.
"Winning by a KO is always impressive. I am preparing to make the best of it in this fight by any way, by any means necessary. I'm going to give everything in the ring, and I'm always going to look for the KO as I do in my fights," Canelo told Sky Sports.
"It's very important to be on that list of about 10 Mexicans to become three-division world champions, to enter history. That's why I'm here taking on this important fight, and it's important that we win this title."
"It's not a secret that I'm a better fighter and that I'm more experienced. But I'm taking a risk by entering into a comfort zone of a champion and his weight, that's a risk, and that risk makes it even. It makes it interesting. No fight is easy, so I'm preparing for a hard fight. I know that Rocky is used to receiving punches from another weight class and I know that he's taller. It's not an easy fight, and I'm preparing for the best Rocky Fielding and to make sure that there are no surprises."
Alvarez is fresh off the most significant victory of his career; a majority decision win in September over previously unbeaten unified middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin.