WBC, WBA, Lineal Middleweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) and WBA Super Middleweight World Champion Rocky Fielding (27-1, 15 KOs) made their grand arrivals today at the Ainsworth Chelsea in New York City ahead of their 12-round super middleweight fight.
The battle will take place on Saturday, December 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York City and will be streamed live on DAZN - which, at just $9.99 per month after a one-month free trial.
They were joined by David Lemieux (40-4, 34 KOs), who will look to make a second potential Knockout of the Year performance before 2018 ends as he takes on Tureano Johnson (20-2, 14 KOs) in the scheduled 12-round co-main event. Former WBO Junior Middleweight World Champion Sadam "World Kid" Ali (26-2, 14 KOs) of Brooklyn, N.Y. and Mauricio "El Maestro" Herrera (24-7, 7 KOs) of Riverside, Calif. also participated in the event. The two will meet in a 10-round battle.
Below is what the fighters had to say at today's grand arrivals:
CANELO ALVAREZ, WBC, WBA, LINEAL MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION:
"I'm 100 percent focused on Saturday. It will be an interesting fight. I'm entering the comfort zone of the champion. He's used to fighting bigger people. He's used to taking bigger punches. It's no secret that I'm a better fighter. I also have more experience. But moving up in weight levels the playing field. It's a risk and a challenge.
"I like challenges, so that's why I'm doing this. I do this to be satisfied with myself and my career. It is very important to enter into the history of Mexican boxing. It'll be interesting to see how the fight develops. Without a doubt, I will give everything in the ring. I hope he does so too, so we can give a great fight to the fans."
ROCKY FIELDING, WBA "REGULAR" SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION:
"This is the sort of fight you dream of. But I'm the champion at this weight. I'm focused on defending my title. We know what Canelo brings. We know what we are up against. We've trained hard. I've covered all the bases. Jamie Moore and I have some great tactics we've been working on. I'm ready to get in there."