Rocky Fielding Teleconference Transcript
ERIC GOMEZ: I want to say hello to everyone and thank you
for dialing in. This is the official international
conference call for the Super Middleweight World Champion
Rocky Fielding, who will be taking on the Middleweight World
Champion Canelo Alvarez on Dec. 15 from New York City at
Madison Square Garden, and to be streamed on DAZN.
We're less than 15 days away for this major event with our
new partners DAZN. Fielding, obviously, world champion in
his own right, has the opportunity of a lifetime, and to be
able to take his career to the next level. This fight's
very, very dangerous for Canelo. The stakes are high, but
the fight fans are going to get the fight they want in a
great, great action-packed fight.
Now, before I introduce Rocky and let him speak, I want to
introduce a very important person on his team. This man was
a fighter in his own right, but now he is recognized as one
of the best trainers in the world. Please welcome trainer
for Rocky Fielding, Jamie Moore. Jamie, can you say a few
JAMIE MOORE: Obviously, we've only got a couple of weeks
before the fight, so Rocky's training has been ideal, been
perfect, couldn't have gone any smoother. I know I've said
that many, many times before, but I truly believe he's put
the work in in the camp that can get him the victory.
ERIC GOMEZ: Great. Thank you, Jamie. Thank you very much.
And now I'd like to introduce a fighter who has, like I said
a little earlier, the opportunity of a lifetime on December
15th. Besides making his first defense of his title, he'll
be making his United States debut, and he'll be fighting at
the famed Madison Square Garden of New York City. Please
welcome to the call WBA Super Middleweight World Champion
Rocky Fielding. Rocky?
ROCKY FIELDING: Thanks for having me on. Thank you. Yes, as
you said, it's a massive fight for me at Madison Square
Garden and a big challenge in Canelo Alvarez. Camp has gone
great, it's gone well. Put everything I can into it. I
sacrificed everything. So it's gone well. Everything's gone
well. It's going to pay off, hopefully, on December 15th.
ERIC GOMEZ: Great. Thank you very much, Rocky. Thank you to
Team Rocky. Now, operator, we can open it up to questions.
Q. Hi, Eric and Jamie and Rocky. Thanks for taking the time.
My question is for Rocky and then Jamie. In the United
States, we have a saying where we say that someone might
have a, quote, unquote, puncher's chance to get the win.
When someone is an underdog but has power, we say they have
a puncher's chance to win. Rocky, do you have a similar
saying in the United Kingdom, and would you agree that you
have what would be called a puncher's chance against Canelo,
or would you call it something else?
ROCKY FIELDING: Yeah, that's what it is, I think, in the
boxing world. That's what they all say. We say it here in
the UK. Yeah, it's a puncher's chance, but I mean, it's the
talent of the shots and the punches and stuff like that. I'm
a good fighter, a good boxer. So it's a good one.
If they say I have a puncher's chance, then I'll let them,
but then December 15th I'll show them what chance I do have,
and if it's a puncher's chance, it may be, but if it's not,
then it's not. It's just whatever happens on December 15th.
I'm prepared well, so we'll have to see what happens.
Q. Jamie, what do you say? Do you think Rocky has a
puncher's chance or more than that?
JAMIE MOORE: He absolutely has more than a puncher's chance.
I think the term a puncher's chance means someone who can
hit but he's relying on a bit of luck to land that shot
whereas Rocky is much more of a rounded fighter than to just
go in there and rely on hope to land a lucky shot. He's a
very intelligent fighter, and he's underappreciated, I feel.
I think that a lot of fighters, especially the ones who he
spars, say you don't realize how good he is or how
unorthodox he is. We'll certainly find that out on the night
of the fight.
So as much as Alvarez, he's going to find out about that.
We're going to ask him questions. There's a lot of
unanswered questions regarding him moving up to super
middleweight. Height and reach advantage what Rocky's got is
huge. How is he going to cope with those problems, plus the
fact that the size difference on the night? I know there's a
ten-pound weight limit for the next morning, but the actual
difference from that point in time until they actually get
in the ring on the night is going to be massive. You'll see,
when they come face to face in the middle of the ring,
Rocky's going to be huge, an absolutely huge specimen
compared to Canelo.
So we know how good a fighter he is, but there's a lot of
questions what he needs to answer, and we're going to make
Q. Thanks, everybody, for taking time to talk to us. The
first question is for Jamie, and if Rocky wants to give his
thoughts as well. Obviously, Canelo Alvarez is a top
pound-for-pound superstar. He's coming off the win against
Golovkin. The question is how do you get sparring partners
for Rocky to prepare him for the type of skill set that
Canelo Alvarez has?
JAMIE MOORE: It's obviously a very difficult task. You know,
when you're talking about the elite level fighters at the
top of the pound for pound list, how do you sort of get
sparring to match that? You really can't. You have to -- in
my opinion, you have to take out the best attributes that
that fighter has, someone with a real sharp jab like Canelo.
You'd want to get a sparring partner who has a real good
jab. Then you've got to try to get all the different best
parts of the attributes as well and cover those with
different sparring partners, but you're never necessarily
going to get all those covered with one sparring partner.
You actually have a different range of it.
Me personally, I like to do a lot of tactical work and
drills and different sort of the combinations are the punch
selection, which I feel work in different fights. I'll pick
that up early on in camp, and we'll drill it and drill it
and drill it because I like the fighter to understand what I
want him to do on the night well in advance, and by the time
the fight comes around, we've drilled it that much that it
becomes second nature. So as soon as he's in a situation, he
responds to it without even thinking about it.
And we nailed that down early on. I've been a big fan of
Canelo for many years, so it didn't take me that long to
sort of pick up on his rhythm and his timing, his shot
selection, the stuff he does well. The opportunities where I
feel Rocky will get to him, we've picked out quite quick,
and we've drilled it and drilled it, and Rocky is just
pulling it off exactly how I would want him to do it at that
point in camp.
Q. Rocky, obviously, you've been fighting in super
middleweight for far longer than Canelo Alvarez. Canelo has
never really had like a proper fight at 168 pounds. How much
do you think it's going to be an advantage for you already
being accustomed to fighting bigger guys than what Canelo
Alvarez has been used to throughout his career?
ROCKY FIELDING: Yeah, that's the ingredient to the fight.
I'm a big super middleweight, and he's stepping up. That's
what makes it interesting to see how he is going to adapt to
it and how he's going to be. I'm at a weight to make the
weight comfortable, and I'm okay at it. I don't know how
it's going to be for him, but I'm at the best weight for
It adds up. He's a top fighter all around, and he brings
that with him as well as moving up in the weight. He carries
all that around. So it's going to be interesting to see him
from his last fight, to see how does in the pound step up
(inaudible) and see if he accumulated muscle mass in this
short of time. It will be interesting to see in the next
week or so. It will be interesting compared to myself and
how I make the weight and how I prepare. I make the weight,
and then I fight. That's how I'm prepared.
Q. Eric, obviously, The Zone went with Golden Boy soon after
it unveiled in the U.S. To some, it may come with some risk
and uncertainty. So when the opportunity to go on The Zone
and go full in on this project, what about that potential
partnership made you and Golden Boy confident that this
could work? Was it The Zone's long tradition? Was it getting
ahead on the streaming service, the existing relationship
they had with Matchroom Boxing, or was it any other factors?
ERIC GOMEZ: No, obviously, we believe in the product. We
have tons and tons of data that we've compiled the last
three years or so, and the landscape for television,
especially for sports in television, is changing. It really
is changing. The viewership on pay-per-views have been going
down and down and down. When you have two massive fights
back to back, Canelo versus Golovkin 1 and 2, and the online
streaming services are outdoing the linear pay-per-view,
it's very compelling, it's eye opening.
So I feel that the vision that Skipper has, John Skipper has
for The Zone and some of the plans they have that I can't
really discuss at this time, we believe in them, and it's
going to be the future.
Q. Rocky, good afternoon. Less than two weeks away from the
fight. How much pressure or how big does this feel to you,
your first fight in the United States, against Canelo
Alvarez in Madison Square Garden? How much of that enters
your mind, and have you taken stock yet that this is the
biggest moment of your career?
ROCKY FIELDING: Yeah, well, I'm enjoying it. This is what
I'm in boxing for. This is what I've been doing in boxing
since I was 9, for these nights. Where I've come from and my
background and where I started professional in the sport, to
fight at Madison Square Garden against the biggest name in
boxing is unbelievable.
I'm not letting it get to me. I'm enjoying this, but I'm
fully focused on it these past ten weeks, and I see it's
getting closer now. You know, I'm enjoying it. I'm going to
go play soon. This is what we're in boxing for, for these
nights. So, yeah, it's a great thing.
Q. A lot of people are looking at this fight for Canelo as a
stepping stone fight for possibly a trilogy fight with
Golovkin or a rematch with Mayweather. How does that make
you feel? Does that add any more fuel to your fire heading
into December 15th?
ROCKY FIELDING: That's on them, and where I'm at, you can't
look past your next opponent. It's up to them, and I'm fully
focused on Canelo. That's all that matters to me. It hasn't
bothered me whether he just signed a big deal or anything.
I'm just fully focused on Canelo, and whatever else goes on
with him or the rest of the fighters or fights, it doesn't
bother me. I've just got to be prepared and get ready for
the 15th. That's what I'm doing.
Q. Hi, I've got a question for Rocky. Everyone in the UK
certainly is probably focused on what Tyson Fury did in
America last weekend.
ROCKY FIELDING: Yeah.
Q. Do you feel like a little bit, in the public's
perception, you're following that lead and you're going to
put up a really good show so the British can be proud of
what we can do over in America?
ROCKY FIELDING: Yeah, definitely. That was a big, big fight
for Tyson Fury. I was over the moon. We have like a bit of a
crazy friendship. We both was in the ABA Finals together. We
both (inaudible). We've both had the benefit of fighting for
a world title. So it's a great story. But Fury has been
massive, massive the past couple days in the UK, and
everyone is behind him, even the world for inspiration.
I've got good support coming over, and hopefully I'll give
it everything on the night, and everyone around the world
supports me on it. I'm appreciative of it all.
Q. One follow-up on that, Rocky. Would this be like the
biggest thing for you so far in your career? How do you
think you would you feel if you actually beat Canelo?
ROCKY FIELDING: Well, I'm the superstar, aren't I? And as I
said to be honest, every fighter you meet -- I started my
pro debut in Lancashire with a couple hundred people. And
that's where I started for the last eight to nine years of
my professional career. And I've had a lot of setbacks
outside the ring and stuff like that. So to be coming to
Madison Square Garden to fight the biggest name in boxing,
I'm going prepared and going to win and that's all I can do.
As I said, I wake up the next day and I'm the face of
boxing, and it's a great feeling.
Q. Rocky, what was your thoughts when the Canelo fight first
came across your desk?
ROCKY FIELDING: Yeah, it was a big surprise. And I don't
think anyone expected in terms (indiscernible). I just
accepted this. When Jamie called me up to say Canelo wants
to fight you, and do you want this tab open? I said, yeah,
let's do it. And it's a massive challenge and let's do it
and that was it. So the answer was yeah. And that's it
really, yeah. Offered the challenge, and it is.
Q. You went over to Germany to defeat Tyron Zeuge of the
WBA. Is there anything you can draw from that fight to kind
of prepare you for coming over to America to fight Canelo?
ROCKY FIELDING: Obviously traveling away from home and
getting the win like I did is a big achievement, especially
in January. No one gave me a chance and not many fighters
get chances and scorecards are always dodgey. But I just
feel like the whole thing, obviously it's a lot, lot bigger.
Everyone knows the arena, the media, everything's a lot
bigger. So apart from that, it's a ring and that's it;
wherever the ring is, you fight. Fighters fight. And that's
But, yeah, I take things from it as far as being far away
from home and getting the win, like I said, it's a lot
bigger as a whole -- media and obviously the
(indiscernible)-- I'll be there in the (indiscernible). But
I'm going to enjoy them. This is a night, that's what
boxing's for. I'm going to enjoy it, though.
Q. Earlier this year, Canelo had a heat cup [phonetic], a
VADA testing. He popped clean for Clenbuterol. Now is VADA
testing a part of this fight? And if it's not, do you guys
have any concern about a re-- not a reoccurrence, but just
is there any concern about the previous test?
ROCKY FIELDING: No. I mean I haven't locked into it. I'm
getting tested and stuff. I'm standing up with VADA. But
that's it; I'm just concerned about myself and I'm not
really locking into (indiscernible) whatever the past has
happened. Just focused on myself and that's it whatever has
happened in the past has happened and that's it really.
Q. In order for Rocky Fielding to beat Canelo, he must do
ROCKY FIELDING: What Tyson said, just punch him in the face
hard until he goes down. I mean, I've worked on techniques
with Jamie for the past 11 weeks. As I say, I've just gotta
do what I've gotta do. I believe what we worked on and what
I can do can cause a lot of damage and a lot of -- a lot
more than what people are thinking. People are thinking I'm
going there and actually (indiscernible). I've prepared well
and I'm prepared to give it everything I've got. I believe
boxing, fight -- the best fight the best, and the best comes
out of me. And I have enough fear factor and everything
about it, and (indiscernible). I'll perform well and I'll
give it everything I've got. And if I have to
(indiscernible) boxing, I boxing, and everything that we
worked on with Jamie, it will come off on the December 15th
and that's all I can do.
Q. Rocky, when the fight was originally presented to you,
was there a moment where you said to yourself this is
something I need to think about, take my time to make a
decision, or did you know right away that you were going to
accept the fight, and this is exactly what you were looking
ROCKY FIELDING: Yeah, Jamie is there on the phone. He can
tell you. Jaime called me up and told me about the fight and
said it was done and the first answer was yes. Why wait? So
answer was yes straightaway. And that was it.
JAMIE MOORE: The exact conversation went: Canelo Álvarez
wants to fight you. He went: Serious? And I went: Yeah. And
he went: Let's do it. He literally took it straightaway.
ROCKY FIELDING: There was no thinking, like, I know who he
is and all and everything. I think as a fighter -- and to be
honest, you can ask at the end that every fight that he has
ever presented to me I've said yes to straightaway. A fight
whether it's a fight I didn't needed to fight
(indiscernible). I just said, yeah, because that's the
fighter in me. That's why I don't like to say no to fights.
But this is obviously a guy who is the face of boxing, pound
for pound, and everything. So why not -- yeah, straightaway.
Massive challenge. I'll go in there and I'll fight the best
pound for pound and go in there and do what I've got to do
to and get the win. And I'm the next superstar.
Where I'm at in my career now, it was yes (indiscernible),
go and win a title. And you want to be the best, you have to
fight the best. And this is where I'm at.
Q. How have things changed, whether the fans or the media
attention, or just the attention that you're getting from
the fans and the media before fighting the fight and after,
do you feel like you're going to have a big support in MSG
on fight night?
ROCKY FIELDING: Yeah. Obviously the media stuff is obviously
stepped up a lot bigger and it's been nonstop. But we have
had fans, where we've cut it off with the camp, to get the
training done and stuff. So we've got to do that well.
And, yeah, getting stopped in the streets where I'm from,
people -- a lot more than what I usually would about the
fights. I'm getting great support. Everyone's supporting me.
And I've got a couple of ones coming over there, I'd say 800
to a thousand coming over, and there will be more than 15 or
20,000 that we get.
So everything's been, in that sense, has been big. But I'm
being me, been going to the gym, doing my way and I've been
coming home and getting my rest and doing that and looking
after the kids.
And the rest will come the way it always has. And apart from
what you've seen in the media, it's got a bit bigger and
it's boxing. Obviously it comes with who I'm fighting.
So once I put the phone down from Jamie, when I accepted, I
knew -- I prepared myself for what was coming, the storm
that I knew was going to come, I knew all the media was
going to come. I had it in my mind and everything that in my
mind is how it's going now. So I've took it all well. And
I've been doing it. And this is why boxing being the elite
on top is about. And so here I am.
Q. Eric, can you talk a little bit about the planning and
the thinking of bringing Canelo to Madison Square Garden and
kind of what was the driving force to that? A lot of his big
fights were in Las Vegas. And depending on the success and
magnitude of the event in two weeks, do you think we'll be
seeing Canelo more often on the East Coast?
ERIC GOMEZ: First of all, thank you for being on the call.
You know, he's always wanted to fight in New York. He's
always wanted to fight in New York. It seems like the last
three years he's been -- he's been talking to Oscar and
myself about fighting in New York and obviously at the
Garden. He's a big fan of Muhammad Ali and idolizes Muhammad
And to fight at the mecca of boxing where all the greats
have fought -- Oscar fought there as well. It's something
that he always wanted to do. So we're very excited,
extremely excited that we were able to squeeze in one more
fight in December after having such a tough fight in
September with Golovkin, the rematch.
So for him, it's going to be a great experience; and, yes,
of course, we're open coming to do more fights in New York.
No problem. Everything seems to be going well, smooth.
Ticket sales are great. We're expecting a sell-out. And if
everything goes as planned, why not?
Q. Jamie, is there any strategy on your part to perhaps take
the fight into deep waters; do you feel that you have a
better shot the longer the fight goes?
JAMIE MOORE: I don't necessarily think we have to do that,
no. I think -- will it go in our favor? I think maybe. I
think the size advantage and the longer the fight goes,
especially if it's a physical fight, that definitely could
play in our hands.
What Rocky -- I don't think Rocky's record really tells the
tale of how hard he punches. And although Canelo has shown
that he's got a great chin against Golovkin, Golovkin's
power is very much sort of a raw power; whereas, Rocky, a
lot of his is based off timing, timing of his shots. And the
reason his record doesn't really suggest how hard he hits, a
lot of the guys he boxed early on, you saw go in there to
survive; you can't get the shots off in time. So they're
probably able to fiddle their way through against somebody
with the shot power that Rocky has.
So to answer your question, I think Rocky is capable of
finishing the fight at any time. He really just kind of has
that power. But the longer the fight goes, you know,
tactically we've set a game plan out there that, by sort of
the middle rounds, Rocky should have a real fold in the
fight and then if it plays out the way I think it's going to
play, it will be our fight to lose.
Q. Rocky, we've seen Golovkin hit Canelo pretty clean with
some big shots that probably would have dropped other
fighters. And Canelo was able to withstand it and come back
and throw his own shots. Does that change anything for you
in terms of the preparation for the fight; whereas, maybe
you're looking at different techniques and strategies to not
be able to necessarily have to stop Canelo, but be able to
outbox him or do something with timing?
ROCKY FIELDING: Yes, definitely. As you're saying, Golovkin
took a wailing. And I think it's all about the timing and
how you get the shots is -- it's almost the shots that you
don't see with the (indiscernible). I've just been working
on what I'm preparing and what we feel will do the job. And
as I say we say, my record (indiscernible) and stoppages in
there. So that was some of that. We'll see. [Audio cutting
out] (indiscernible) what you get off from the meeting and
the timing and everything and I believe [Audio cutting out]
JAMIE MOORE: You can definitely take a shot better when you
see it coming (indiscernible) or ride it. I think the big
right hands that he took by Golovkin, obviously powerful
shots. He did see him coming and he sort of rolled it and
took the thing out of the shot. So which is obviously a
great attribute (indiscernible) [Audio cutting out] the
style. The shots you don't see come in. And they're the ones
that do the real damage. So it is a difference between the
shots Golovkin was hitting him with and the shots I
anticipate Rocky will hit him with.